Audiobooks keep me sane- great actors are much better voices in my head than my own. I prefer sf&f, but occasionally fall back on high lit.
Absolutely, I haven't deleted it from my app yet. Great narration- I just love Wil Wheaton- fun story, interesting characters, and so much fascinating 80's trivia at every turn. You could pick up in any chapter once you have heard the story and just enjoy the time with Wade and his friends in OASIS.
I love when Wade makes it through the first gate.
Wil being narrator was what interested me in this title in the first place. I had such a crush on him in the 6th grade when he was on ST:TNG. Dating myself? Absolutely. :)
When the mobile home park is attacked in an attempt to kill Wade, instead killing that nice little old lady and his family in "the real world".
This was just a blast to listen to! I'm not a gamer or a Rush fan, but I didn't have to become either to enjoy the audiobook. I loved the story and the characters. There were many hilarious scenes - one of my favorites involved the main character reciting the dialogue from 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', receiving extra credit for his accurate use of inflection/accent. The final hunt for the egg was so compelling I had to stop listening so that I could pick it back up later without interruption. Wil Wheaton's narration was perfect. I can't wait to listen to it again.
If you are on the fence about this book, buy it! The author Ernest Cline is not up there with my favorites. This book has one of the most original story lines I've listened to in a ling time. The reader Wil Wheaton was absolutely amazing, I fond my self checking out other books just because he read them.
Well written with a very believable story line, stands out among virtual reality type stories. ( Dare I say it? I thought it as better than Snow crash) Must read even it you dont think its your thing. Its really a great book!
Calling all my geeky friends... do you love classic 80's video games? 80's movies and music? D&D? Then do I have a book for you! Ready Player One is amazing and makes me smile the whole time I am listening to it. You have to listen to it on audio book! Wil Wheaton is great and since you know he loves this genre it feels like an inside joke between the two of you. It is an omage to all things 80's geeky.
The fact that Wil Wheaton is actually a big nerd, really contributed to the awesomeness of this book. His fervor for nerd culture fit perfectly in a story about the king of nerds, designing a contest to inspire more nerds. I cannot give enough kudos to him as the narrator of this story. The sheer joy of the topics was evident in his voice, despite that he is a well trained actor.
All of them? Okay, that's not a fair answer, but the question isn't fair. I loved so many of the moments. Maybe the first key. The scene where Wade meets the lady of his blog-obsessed dreams has chemistry, builds solid characters, and has great interactions, all while being set in a great plot and delectable world.
I haven't heard any other audiobooks by him, but I do listen occasionally to his podcast Radio Free Burrito proving and he could read the dictionary and make it interesting.
Lots of laughter and giddy excitement. It gets my nerd sense tingling. I've listened to it twice already and will probably do it again in a few months.
If you proudly call yourself a nerd, then you should listen to this.
Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)
I "came of age" in the 80's, working a job while in high school just to afford my after-school afternoon arcade habit. This book pushed all my 80's geek buttons and even pulled out some early childhood geek by referencing Ultraman and even Johnny Sakko and His Giant Robot!
As a geek adult, I have also been immersed in on-line multi-player virtual worlds, my favorite being Second Life. If you want to experience a world much like OASIS, just visit Second Life (it is free). These are virtual "worlds" they are not "games". People live, work, have families, build things, create movies, hold concerts, etc. all on-line. These worlds even have their own currency exchange so you can spend (or even earn) real money.
This book will appeal to anyone who is aged 14 to 24, or to those of us who live in that brain-age most of the time, or to anyone who remembers what it is like to be that age. So, it really should appeal to almost anyone ;) I think the book would appeal most to people who are gamers or geeks. Of course, if you are neither of those, the book will give you a great insight into the mind of those of us who prefer digital to analog.
Whil Wheaton did a great job narrating this book and sounded like he was really having a good time doing it! If you read his bio, you will see that he also lives the subject matter.
Ernest Cline did a good job of keeping the book interesting and moving along. He gave enough detail to give you the feeling that you knew the places and the characters, but didn't waste an hour circling the exterior of the Enterprise (sorry, Trek movie reference).
I usually listen to my audio books while I'm driving or doing other things, but I actually devoted several hours to just sitting and listening to this book. I really enjoyed this book!!
Ready Player One sits atop the pantheon of audiobooks I just couldn't stop listening to.
It's hard not to compare this book to the likes of Snow Crash or Neuromancer. While the genre is similar I feel like this story captures something I was looking for in the other but could not find. Snow Crash and Neuromancer just seemed more noir than this, and thats honestly to Ready Player One's benefit. The lack of the real world setting really gave me a feeling that it wasn't a place that Wade and the reader wanted to be so he just didn't go there, and when the author did take me there those moments were that much more impactful because it was never long enough to really get comfortable with the setting.
Will Wheaton's single best note of his performance was his ability to not get bogged down in the nerdgasm dialogue. Instead, his inflections really give you a sense that, not only does he know what he's talking about but he truly believes what he is saying.
This book is what it is, and I don't think it tries to make any apologies for it. You know the end from the beginning, but thats okay because it really an example of a book where the journey matters alot more than the destination
In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!
I hesitated before buying this, wondering if almost 16 hours of 80’s nostalgia would be too much. I’ve played a few video games and enjoyed them, but I’m hardly obsessed. I’m a 37-year-old woman, so I was a child of the 80’s, but I’m also fine to have left them behind. The book sounded more geared towards teenaged boys.
Wow am I glad I took a chance! This book is a blast! It’s a fantastic mix of 80’s themes placed in a futuristic version of the Internet, and the mash-up really works. In this story, the future isn’t pretty, and most people avoid every day life by spending as much time as possible online in virtual reality. When James Halliday, the creator of this new Internet, passed away, he left a huge worldwide game in place of a will. Whoever wins his game wins both his fortune and control of his creation. The whole world is obsessed, but no one knows where to begin.
The first few hours were a bit slower than the rest of the book. Wade Watts, the main character, is a teen who lives and breathes to hunt for Halliday’s magic “Easter egg” (the end of his game) and has spent years collecting information that could lead to clues – all 80’s trivia. Wade isn’t shy about sharing what he knows with the readers, which could have been boring but strangely wasn’t. I found myself bemused to be having such a good time hearing someone reminisce about a time period he’d never known. Then the plot picks up and the real story begins. After that I was having a ball and didn’t want to stop listening!
Overall, this isn’t anything deep, but like virtual reality, the story makes a great escape from everyday life. It was a total hoot! And behind it is a not-so-subtle warning about how much time we spend online today, either sitting at computers or staring into our little phones.
Will Wheaton was the perfect choice for narrator. What fun that he agreed to read this! He reads wonderfully, and there could not have been a better voice to hear discussing the nuances of 80’s geekitude! Will/Weasley/Wade made a fabulous mash-up, and there was one small place in particular that made me laugh at the in-joke of having Will Wheaton as a narrator.
Highly recommended for anyone who likes computers, games, fun stories, or the 80’s. You need not love them all to love this book! Pure geeky fun!
I haven't had this much enjoyment from a novel in quite a few years. It held my attention from the first minute and I couldn't wait to get to the ending. Listening to this book in the car was the first time I was glad I had a long commute.
Daemon by Daniel Suarez, similar starting concept with the virtual reality concept, but Suarez' book is darker. RPO has a much more fun tone and is more of a quest-style novel.
This is the first book I listened to by Wil Wheaton. He did a really good job; I admit I was a bit surprised, but now I would like to find more books where he is the reader.
There was no catharsis, it is not that type of read. It is nostalgic, fun, and at times provided a perspective on modern life and where the near future may be headed. Yes, there were the "bad guys" -- the sixers, giant coporate drones intent on controlling the oasis/internet -- and the good guys -- group of precocious teenage 'geeks' out to stop them. There were definitely times where I was cheering the good guys on, but it was not the type of book you read and it moves you emotionally for days later.
This book is about reminiscing about games, tv, music, and pop culture of the 1980's and a fun romp through cyberspace. It will probably make a great movie.
I just hope the author is able to create another novel that is as enjoyable as this one.