I could have done without the "God is BS" garbage at the beginning ... am glad I kept listening ...
as a gamer, I loved this book! As a child of the 80's, it was delightful to "know" all the references.
Will Wheaton is a fantastic narrator! I actually chose the book because I love his story telling ability!
I did have two technical "issues" towards the end of the book which I'll not post here and spoil for anyone ... if you're curious, send me a note and we'll compare complaints :D
I have not read the print version.
Pacing, and the various characters' voices.
At times I laughed, and I teared up at the end.
I was born in 1944. I began working with computers in the 80s. My children played Atari games then, and went on to become avid video game fans. The entire premise of the book was a delight as were the characters and plot.
If you grew up in the 80's or loved the decade whether it be the music, TV shows, video games, or all of it this book is for you. Get ready to not be able to put it down once you get into it!!!
Say something about yourself!
Really, really great. Growing up in the 80s and having a frame of reference for the video games, songs, movies and TV shows that are mentioned will probably enhance your enjoyment, but at the center of the story there's a teen-aged protagonist dealing with some universal adolescent struggles that will resonate regardless of your knowledge of 80s pop culture.
Wil Wheaton's narration adds to the story. He speaks with the cocky tone of a teenager for most of the story, but manages to convey the main character's fear and uncertainty when the story calls for it. This is once of those cases where I'd probably suggest someone choose the audio version over the print if they hadn't read the book before.
Yes... and I have told all of my friends to read this book ASAP! I am a child of the 80's and a huge gamer dork so this book just took me to my happy place.
This is one of my favorite books of the last decade. The story is creative and exciting and the constant references to the 1980's and 90's really pulled me into the world of the Oasis.
Yes! Anyone who was born between say 1965 and 1980, who was a geek in any sense, or obsessed with pop culture would love this book. The story is completely engaging and set in 2040 or so, so you get a combination of a blast from the past with a fascinating rendering of a possible future. Loved it. Was sorry when it was over. I can't say that about many books. And Wil Wheaton was an outstanding narrator.
Artemis - bad ass girl who was also endearing and sensitive but almost never let you know it.
Just knowing about his interests made it SO easy to imagine him as the main character. At the same time he did an exceptional job handling all of the other characters as well. The man knows his sci fi.
Laughed a lot. Was entranced a lot - couldn't wait to know what would happen next and see if I could figure out the puzzles.
A lot of fun. Lots and lots of 80's references, but even if you don't get them all, you'll still enjoy the classic underdog vs. evil corporate villain story.
Just as good as his other performances. I could listen to Wil narrate the phone book and be enthralled.
“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles an hour, you're going to see some serious sh*t.” – Doc Brown
I like Sci Fi on the Hi Fi
Yes, I've listened to it five times. Even though I was a teenager in the 90's, Cline does a wonderful job of explaining the 80's references in a way that makes you feel like you already know what he is talking about. I do remember or was a fan of some of the things he talks about, but some references are a little obscure. The story has everything: action, comedy, love, comedy, and glorious geekiness. I listened to it the first time and couldn't get enough. I immediately started listening to it again. The more you listen to it, the more you catch things. There is a l great deal of number correlations, 256 512 1024. Overall it's not only a book I would recommend, it's a book I would recommend experiencing multiple times.
All the characters are great. However, I would have to say Parzival. He's funny and confident at the same time being a typical antisocial geek with low self esteem. I enjoy his character's correlations with James Halliday, the creator of the OASIS. And for some reason I have always enjoyed first person narratives, like The Wonder Years.
This seems like a question that, for me, could have a person answering with a spoiler. The line that sticks out to me is: I'm just going to go in there wearing my default skin and a f**k off attitude.
First of all, I've seen that the rights have already been purchased by one of the big studios, and I can't wait till this is made into a movie. It would make a great one! Aaron Eckhart should totally play Nolan Sorrento, and Adrian Brody is so method he could probably pull off Halliday. I can't think of a tag line, but the trailer should start with "In a world where..."
Why isn't there a question about Wil Wheaton? Or does everyone know that he is totally Airwolf? He nails every character in this story. I mean nails it! Maybe this is why I don't see him on TV or films much, narration is his true calling.
Both the story and narrations were excellent. A great story for anyone who grew up the in 80's and was interested in computers and/or video games.
Wil's performance was easily believable. The only character voice i had an issue with was Aug's. At first i thought "wow why so over the top", but as i listened to the book for the second time, Wil makes me believe that this was intentional. Well done!
The opening segment. Gotta love a book that opens with a "Ghostbusters" reference.
It's got to be Perzival. A little obvious of a choice, but Wil plays him well. He makes me feel like this Parzival is someone i could have a regular conversation with.
"A treasure hunt in your living room"
Finished the book and started it over again. Will easily hit 5 listens. I need to catch all the references!