Loved this book! As a child of the 80s, a gamer, and a dystopia lover, this book felt like it was written for me. I couldn't put it down. The endless geek humor had me chuckling a lot. Wil Wheaton was the perfect narrator for the audiobook.
I listened to this book over the course of a two day business trip, driving seven+ hours each day. It was a great book for a boring drive through up-state New York. After a morning of struggling with terrible food poisoning (I know now not to ever eat the free meals at hotels...), this book made my drive home possible or at least, less unpleasant.
Overall, I think Cline did a very nice job with this one. I'd give the story a 3.5. By no means is this high art. Rather, it's a geeky, nostalgia-ridden, hacker, adventure novel that is cleared geared towards folks born in the 70s or early 80s. If 80s movies and pop culture are not your thing or if you don't revel in your own nerd-dom, this one might not be for you. However, if these things do tickle your fancy, you'll probably enjoy it. Personally, I'd say that I was familiar with about 80% of the references. The whole Tomb of Horrors bit was great fun; I remember reading through this one in the mid-80s: quintessential D&D.
The gusto with which Cline approaches his subject matter is both this novel's greatest strength and greatest weakness. As I say, if you're willing to be silly and not worry about how ridiculous the whole set up is, you'll be easily carried through this exciting action-ridden tale; it's very fast-paced and engaging throughout. If you can't get down to the references and shameless 80's cheese-worship, stay away.
Will Wheaton did a most excellent job with the narration. The fact that he is a well-known and revered nerd makes him a particularly good fit as narrator. Further, unlike some other 'celebrity' voice actors, I could actually forget that it was Wheaton reading and could hear the voice of the characters rather than just hearing Will Wheaton reading a story.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
Seriously, I broke all my rules and bought this audiobook without reading it first after listening to the free first chapter. I'm not a gamer, and I was only three when the 80's ended, but regardless this book was witty, poignant, and more fun than I thought could be put in only a few hours. Will Wheaton does a phenomenal job, and is a perfect narrator for a nerd/80's nostalgia story (he's definitely referenced within the book!). My suggestion: stop whatever else you are currently reading and pick this audiobook up immediately!
I have, because the story line and characters are refreshing.
This is a good book, characters are pretty fleshed out, decent bad guy. The good guys are cool and smart and can kick some virtual butt.The only flaw really is the author did not spend enough time making the bad guys individually bad, you get to know the organization is bad and the figure heads of that org, but overall I thought this was the weakest part of the book.Still, great book worth a listen!
It kept moving and it was interesting. Similar to something else I've read but can't recall it - yet. Definately recommend this one.
There were several lines that solicited an LOL from me.
I'm a huge fan of YA (in which I also dabble), Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Thrillers, Historical fiction with a smattering of nonfiction.
Just finished listening to "READY PLAYER ONE" by Ernest Cline and am still enjoying the vibe of such an awesome read/listen. I may listen again someday when I want a pulse-driving thriller that takes me back to my own childhood growing up in the 80's. What a fantastic, virtual thrill ride! Anyone who grew up in the 1980s (and/or sci-fi) will dig this all-encompassing tribute. I haven't ever listened to an audiobook this fast. It's a total geek funfest (especially if you love 80's movies, music, videogames, TV...)Wil Wheaton is superb, a joy to listen to as he weaves the story through his clear, invested and quite well-ranging voice. (He's even mentioned in the book!-so sweet!)This book is masterful storytelling through the canvas of the 1980 pop culture plus a sci-fi future that's only 25 years in our future, a future that's both grim, escapist and . . . epic.
Walt. He's a great underdog to root for and he's done his homework, so he deserves his progress through the contest.
The final climax with MecaGodzila! Hands down epic clash of the titans
Your Game Will Begin In Three . . . Two . . .
I rarely reread books.
It's pretty unique.
This was a really fun book. I would recommend it.
This is the harry potter novel of video games and 80s nostalgia. Brilliantly written with twists, humor and adventure. And if you're a gamer, you'll certainly appreciate (and learn from) the dollops of gaming history loaded into the story.
This is how I expected Snow Crash to be. Thank-you Ernest Cline.
Will Wheaton does a fantastic performance that fits the novel perfectly. I'd really really /really/ love to hear more from both of these guys.
If you at any point in your life found yourself sucked into role playing games, video games or fantasy stories, this book will bring you right back into why you liked them so much. A who-is-who of 80s and 90s nerd culture all spun together into a futuristic story that's sure to grip you from the get-go. Very enjoyable listen!