I read a ton and I have never written a review. This was one of my favorite books. Wil Wheaton did a great job with the narration also. I even used an exclamation point in the title.
In just 16 hours I can get a lot finished, while listening to my favorite book of all time. I don't like Wil Wheaton's voice, but after an hour I was completely over it. Plus, honestly, it's cool that they pulled in him to do the narration because Wheaton himself is a certified geek and even an extra in the novel. So in hindsight, I like that they used him. I finished the audiobook maybe 5 minutes ago and now while I write this review I am already listening to it again. I hope everyone that has this is as thrilled by it as I am.
All around worthwhile. Recommend to anyone who is a geek born born between 1960's to 1980's. younger geeks may like it too but will not have the same nostalgia I felt.
This is instantly one of my favorite books and a repeat listen will certainly be in order!
If you grew up in the 80's...man this book is for you. It's a fantastic homage to all the nerdy pop culture we grew up with. From iconic bands like Rush and AC/DC, to the films we loved like John Hughes classics, Monty Python, War Games....etc. This book is packed FULL of these nuggets. Also the classic arcade games we grew up playing. The story moves along at a perfect pace and the characters are well developed.
This is a first person narrative through the main protagonist Wade Watts...or Parzival as his online avatar is names.
A great mix of sci-fi and fantasy, read perfectly by Wil Wheaton. The book is packed full of nerdy references, backed up by an interesting story and classy variations on classic characters. Music, games, comics, and movies all feature important roles in the book, but at times cynical opinions are rubbed in the face of the reader, along with endless reveling and cross referencing of the nerd culture. If you can acknowledge and get past these long but infrequent passages, or if you don't mind them, you will love this "page-turner" that kept me listening for many hours in a row. Ready Player One leaves the reader with a great message, one that all readers will be able to thoughtfully consider and enjoy.
A fun science fiction / pop culture adventure with surprising heart. Aside from the stereotypical one-dimensional villain (evil corporation), it's a book that manages to be consciously derivative and, therefore, remarkably original.
yes....if I could
I'm not a gamer, but I did grow up in the 80's and the references to the old video games and music was a nice memory. The story was well written and fun!! Great listen !!
This was a great story to listen too. The only issue I had with the performance was Wil Wheaton. He is a great person, but not a very good narrator. It was hard to discern different characters at times.