It's always hard to compare both a book and a reading equally to other audio books, but I can truthfully say this is among my favorite audio books. I enjoyed this reading for the same reasons I enjoy William Dufris readings or Neil Gaiman's readings of his own books: They do the characters, but they're not 'doing voices'. The voice comes from the character and, like Gaiman, Wheaton is very very good at this. And the story itself was great fun (I'm also a fan of 'Fanboys' which Cline wrote the screenplay for, so... I'm kind of the target audience). Top ten.
The simplicity of the book's narrative (in a good way) and the pace was spot on. Somehow, there's not a lot of side-story and the plot moves briskly. And yet, it doesn't feel like anything's missing. In fact, it's a lot like a vide game pace in that regard. It takes a chapter or two before you stop expecting something to slow and distract you.Then you settle in.
Honestly, I know this review is nothing but praise, but... I have nothing but praise for this book. The reason I'm writing this review is that I rushed back here to find out if there was another Cline book because I'm ready. Now. And given how much I liked it, I feel as though I need to share that in a review.
I really enjoyed the personality he brought to each of the five competitors. It was genuine and not forced; Clear that Wheaton understood who these people are. But I must say, the Lich King was sublime. For a moment I was unsure if it was Wheaton doing the voice. At that point I knew this was going to be among my favorites.
The interesting thing about this book is that there is a black (or at least very dark gray) and white, us versus them, that runs through it cleanly and without blemish. The bad guys are bad guys and the good guys are good guys. Again, much like a video game. This is, in a way, a difficult road to take for a modern writer. It's risky in that it means finding other ways to give the reader those moments of 'Ah!' that are necessary to keep the reader excited.
SPOILER: And there are no huge betrayals or character's who are not what they seem. It's kind of refreshing. I kept waiting for it (I thought for sure H would turn out to be two-faced or that ) and when it didn't come, it was refreshing and I relaxed into it. In a way, real life is much more like this than you'd think from watching movies and TV. Kudos, Ernest Cline.
Is this a 'nerd' book... yes, to a great degree that's true. I'm a retro video gaming geek so this book is quarely up my alley. But even if you're not a nerd and you have an appreciation for retro gaming or grew up with video games, you'll probably still enjoy this fun, fast-paced book.
I love most any fiction: classics, fantasy, historical, contemporary YA, and children's books. My favorite thing is reading to my grandson!
I normally listen to longish historical fiction, but was intrigued by this book. And I loved it. Don't be afraid to give it a listen!
I don't write many reviews of books but this is one really deserves kudos. The combination of gaming history and a very clever plot makes this book one that you won't want to end. The mental imagery that this book evokes was like a movie in my brain! Congratulations and thanks to Ernest Cline as well as Wil Wheaton for a great book and a great narration!
I didn:t read the print, but Wil Wheaton was amazing, so i imagine the audio to be bettter
all the geek references
He has nerd cred, and a warmth and believeability as the character
THE film for geek children of the 80s
Might be one of the best books i've read EVER.
No. but it's nice being read to!
Wade was easy to be sympathetic towards.
The OASIS itself was an awesome concept. But moving across the surface of the polished corporate world was, in my mind, a cool scene.
A book you will read twice!
Everything was great, it was blade runner meets Willy Wonka
I cant say that with out giving away part of the story
I cant say that with out giving away part of the story
Made me nostalgic
I loved all the references that were in the book. Most of the time I was amazed and instantly taken back to my childhood.
I loved how it combines elements of video gaming with bits of spy elements and thrillers. I got the book on the recommendation of friends and the story was not what I expected at first but it was such a great story.
He really captured the emotion of the story. When the characters were sad or in a somber mood he conveyed that well. When it was a surprising or fun moment that came through as well.
I had this book playing in the car, at home and at work at times.
Husband/Father, Educator, Gamer
This is one of those books when it was over I was sad. I came of age in the '80s, so the references were great. I hate to admit that I am not a big enough geek to get them all, and even if you are not up on '80s pop culture, the story is great.I admit that I am biased against the narrator from his days on Star Trek TNG, but he is a great reader. I have started to look for other books that he is performing. I have recommended the book to my friends, and if you have any interest in video games or virtual realities, this is a wonderful listen,
I have not had this kind of reaction to a book in quite some time. I loved this book and was slightly depressed when I finished it because I wanted more.
I absolutely loved Ready Player One. It is interesting that I could be so "into" an 18-year-old character living in the stacks, and existing primarily as an avatar within a video game.
I really cared about the characters, and the seach for the keys was spell-binding.
This is the first book I have listened to with Wil Wheaton. He was amazing. I was completely taken off guard. Too often, I have not enjoyed actors reading a book because it just comes across as "over the top." Wheaton did it just right.
Is this a serious question?
I am kinda sad the book is over. Is there a version 2?