H*** Yeah! Even though it's set in the not too distant future, this book was a wonderful romp down down memory lane.
The author's love of technology and the players who just can't leave it alone shines through.
He allows the geek in each one of us to indulge in a little player fantasy outside of our everyday lives..
I have not heard any of his other performances, but this narration blew me away! He was spot-on.
When Wade/ Parzival finds himself immersed in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and he realizes he must say the dialog from the movie perfectly - I think I was more excited than he was!
I was reluctant to purchase this book when it first came out. Fool!! This has been one of the best books I have listened to in some time. Buy, beg, borrow, or steal a copy. You won't regret it!
Brainteaser, hysterical, "Choose Your Own Adventure"
"But what test do I take? The Kobayashi Maru?"
Sooooooo satisfying! This book is like an amazing dessert that will make you never want to have anything else! It has all the perfect elements of a good read/listen. I loved the 80's references as that is when I grew up. I loved the ingenius of it. I loved all the different things that were described that haven't been invented yet in 2012. It is LOST meets Star Trek meets Indiana Jones. It is perfect, without really being like anything else. Will Wheaton is a phenomenal narrator. I half picked this book because I love Wesley Crusher, but his voices are stupendous! I want to get lost in this book all over again. I loved the characters and their diversity. I loved the twists and turns that kept me guessing as a listener. This was something I looked forward to every day for two weeks and now sadly it is over. So glad I listened to the reviews!!
If you like 80's pop culture, video games, interesting characters, or treasure hunt/riddle/easter egg type of stories, you will love this book. I cannot recommend highly enough!
Would I read it again? YES! It was a pleasure to live in this world. I pictured myself there, and MAN would it be cool to be able to log into the Oasis!
No, I've not heard anything else (unless you count Star Trek TNG).
Are you ready to enter the Oasis? Insert coin, and "Ready Player One".
Great read! I had no idea what to expect, but I love sci-fi, and the premise intrigued me. I typically go for military sci-fi stuff, so I hesitated... I'm glad I finally picked this one up, one of the best books I've read in a LONG time!
This was the best audiobook by far for me.
From the start I was listening the the story like I was watching a great movie.
He nailed it. Believable and articulate.
I laughed out loud and had a permagrin through many moments in this book.
Yes. Repeatedly. I'm up to listen # 9 or 10 now. I really can't narrow down a single reason why I love this so much. It's comfort food for my brain; the perfect combo platter of wildly imaginative story and brilliant audio performance.
I really had to think about this one. I have to settle on "The Hobbit". I read Tolkien for the first time in the 5th grade, and it completely transported me to another world. It's full of people that were so different from me but with whom I could still identify strongly. For many years that series was my go-to literary escape.
Without a doubt he is the very essence of Parzival. In addition, his amazing talent at differentiating the other characters without resorting to ridiculous-sounding voices is something not every narrator can pull off.
This book - its characters, its premise, its execution - absolutely resonated with me even though I am not what some would call its target demographic. I'm not a geekboy or a big-time gamer. I'm a 45-year-old wife and mom who's fairly technically adept but no IT pro. I went into it expecting not to 'get' all the tech references but was pleasantly surprised to get almost all of it. If you thought this book wouldn't interest you, you just might be completely wrong. :)
I'm not a fan of Wil Wheaton...so it truly pains me to admit he did one of the best narrations I've ever listen too.
The story was also superb, creative, and now one of my new favorites.
Well worth the price/credit.
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I really like listening to Wil Wheaton. He has a pleasant, well-modulated voice and captured the essence of the characters without being intrusive into the listening experience.
I liked Wade very much. He was able to grow and change as the story went on into a more and more likeable person who just happened to be superhuman at gaming and computer skills.
Wil's characterization and presentation of all the characters was spot-on! I could listen to him all day; in fact, I practically did do that while cleaning my house one weekend while also listening to this story.
Wheaton definetely, Cline if a more mature theme. I misread the the reviews, this is a book for teenagers
I believe that being of a certain age benefits the reader (45+). Remembering back to the arcades, changing money for tokens, playing many of the games listed in the book helped me to relate to the book. Really brought back fun, happy memories. I think someone who is from the PC/Wii generation may not have the same emotional tie to this book. I couldn't wait to find out what game would be played next, what adventures were to follow seeking out the quest.
Pleasantly surprised - I thought he did a great job reading this book.
Ready Player One - makes perfect sense!
I have a very solitary job, so I have quite a few hours to listen to books every week. I try to rate this books fairly, as I hate the 1 star or 5 star trend. 5 stars shall be reserved for the best of the best. 3 stars is still a good book to me.
I don't know if it is better or not, but it's quite good. Wil Wheaton adds a lot to this story.
Hard decision. All of the characters are great.
Wade Watts, I'm pretty sure that a few pages into writing this book, Ernie Cline knew exactly who was going to read it.
No crying involved, definitely some laughing, and a bit of heart racing.
I'm probably quite biased in this as this book is so far up my alley.It really makes me miss the whole Saturdays I could waste in an arcade.