This book is beach reading for the geek-and-proud crowd. Will Wheaton's reading is great - the perfect touch. It's just such a fun ride. Enjoy!
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
If you didn't grow up in the 80s, I don't know how much you'll enjoy this book. Of course, I did grow up in the 80s, so there were many references that really took me back to that time. I was never much of a gamer, so I surely missed many of those references. The movie, television, and music references were much more resonant with me! The best part of this book was Wil Wheaton's narration. He did such a great job, and I'm now eager to hear other books that he has narrated.
I really enjoyed this book and Wil Wheatons narration. It is very much a book for my generation as it is chock full of 80's references. I'm not sure how well it would play for a younger audience. If you've never see War Games or played old text based computer games like Zork, you might not enjoy it. Being a child of the 80's myself, I really like it.
The references to 80's pop culture are beyond awesome.
If I told you it would ruin the book. But know this, I really want one. Who wouldn't? You'll get a choice between 100 of them around 67% into the book.
I don't read authors that I am not previously familiar with. After taking a chance on this one, just from reader's comments, I was super pleased I branched out. Do it... just do it.
I would listen to this again. I loved the characters, the "oldies" references, the narration, it was all top notch, and a great story you could really get involved in. I was absorbed into Halliday's world.
That the characters seemed like real people, with necessary decisions to make, and honest reactions to the issues in their lives.
The main character, of course!
No extreme emotion, just a really enjoyable escape into a different world. A world I will be revisiting.
Great read. I have read hundreds of books in my lifetime and this is one that continues to stick with me. Really good story.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
This book is a fantastic adventure story- pure fun from page 1. This was one of the most imaginative stories I've ever read/listened to.
As someone who was born in 1979, and who was familiar with most of the pop culture fads mentioned in the book, I realize that I am definitely the target audience for the book. I can't predict how this would be received by people of different generations, or people with less nerdy interests. I felt this book was tailor made for people exactly like me. A rare treat.
I liked the villains in this story. They were pure evil, but their motivations were realistic enough to support their behavior. They weren't evil for the sake of being evil. They had a goal, and their ruthless tactics made sense in the universe that the author created.
Wil Weaton's narration is excellent, though early on in the book he pronounces "poser" wrong several times, which I found distracting. Fortunately that only lasted for one scene. Everything else was flawless.
I highly recommend this book, but there was room for improvement:
1) The main character never really experiences any real strife. Having just finished the Game of Throne books 1-5, I've grown to appreciate the fact that the victories of characters are sweeter if they've suffered along the way. Our main characters aren't punished enough for us to see their true worth, and ultimately I feel their journey just wasn't challenging enough.
2) Our hero is one in the tradition of Ender's Game, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Matilda, The Hunger Games, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, etc: The poor orphan child who by virtue of his/her wit or superpowers, goes from underdog to world famous hero. But in the present story, that classic archetype isn't leveraged very well- our main character's humble beginnings are not ultimately a source of strength or wisdom in the story (beyond the opening chapters). The character development sort of felt under-cooked.
3) The central contest gets EASIER as the game progresses, instead of more difficult. This takes some of the suspense out of the story.
4) Our main character's maturity level is inconsistent between his inner monologue and his outer dialog. His thoughts are fairly sophisticated, but when he speaks he sounds like a stupid child. His emotional immaturity hard to relate to, considering that the target audience for this book are people who were teenagers in the 80s, and are well into their 30s or 40 now.
These criticisms aside, I recommend this book without reservation.
It was a very different experience for us; we are not regular sci-fi readers. Interesting journey deep into the virtual world and into the world of eighties trivia. Well written and well performed. Bravo!
This book is incredible. I liked Reamde by Neil Stephenson, but THIS is what I was expecting that book to be. I am so glad I found it from reader comments.
There is really nothing I can add to all the other comments readers have posted on this book. I could NOT stop listening, but I dreaded the end because then it would be... well... over. And I DID NOT want it to be over. This is one I will listen to again and again.
Is this the best written story ever? No. But it is fun and interesting and speaks to my inner geek.
In a weird way this book reminds me, for one reason or the other of the outsiders. Maybe its the youthful rebellion as a main theme, I don't know. This book was written for adults, but it speaks to the teen in them, which is a hard spot to hit as an author.
Will is the poster child of who this book is for. He does a great reading and his narration was perfect for this book.
World of Warcraft + 1980s pop culture + necromancer = Ready Player One
Don't expect the next great American novel, but expect to have fun and enjoy it.
After listening to Enders Game series i needed something fun and interesting. This book was the perfect transition for me. I loved the virtual universe where you created your own avatar that allowed you access to virtual schools was genius. The virtual adventure was awesome Cline's reference to all the early 80's video games, music and TV shows was too cool for school. If you were a child of the 80's you need to read this book. Even if you were born after the 80's its still worth reading. Download this book pronto it's worth it!!!!