Wil Wheaton did an amazing job! His reading pace was just right and he did a great job giving different characters different inflections. The story is so full of pop culture and sarcasm that he was the perfect choice to convey both the sarcasm and sincerity in the characters. The story is a lot of fun.
Yes, I listened to Armada. I think he is a great voice actor.
I'll preface the "but" with the fact that this story was a really cool concept. If you are a fan of 80's pop culture or are a gamer then this book is for you.
However, the downside to this book is that it seems quite a bit over-written. It was very long-winded in parts. There were a few times that I'd say to myself "Can we get on with the story!?" I pushed through and am thankful that I did.
The other thing I didn't like was that it seemed Cline wrote quite a few contradictions. (***Spoilers beyond this point) Earlier on in the story Parzival didn't have any means to jump around the Oasis other than by hitching a ride and then since he was a low level avatar could only kill small enemies to try to gain experience points. Later on when he had gained experience points and credits to move around the Oasis he mentions visiting many different areas before, such as the museum, and that he explored it or mastered a game in a certain place or that "of course as a Gunter he had visited this place many times". This is contradictory to much of the beginning of the story which states he spends pretty much all his time on the school planet.
The timeline is very confusing at times as well. The whole hunt until the finding of the egg probably last about 7 months from what I gather. However, during the time after the 1st key was found the word usage and descriptions of time passing make it seem as if years pass. His relationship with Artemis seems to last a long time but once it is cut off its only a few months. The dwindling communication between "Z" & "H" is described as being "ages" between conversations. Within a few pages Cline tells us that conversations were a couple of times a week down to once a week then down to one to two times a month. Ages???
There are plenty of these problems in the story line that are confusing and could have easily been avoided. I can tell that Cline vastly improves in "Armada". I still loved the story and would recommend it.
I had an Atari 2600 as a kid and one of the games we thoroughly enjoyed was Joust. The scene where the king suggests jousting for the copper key set me into a fit of sincere happiness. Ill admit, it did not register that they'd be playing the actual game until the king says "birds". Just awesome.
I have to say too, Will Wheaton's voice is perfect for this book. It really matches with the idea of what a nerd, geek, computer wiz, gamer would sound like.
I debated downloading this title for a while, but I'm glad I finally did. I didn't catch all of the references, but it was a thoroughly entertaining story.
The only thing that prevents me from giving a 5 star to the story is because eventually the narrator's skills and knowledge just got a bit too unbelievable. Still, a great book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that has ever played a video game.
Absolutely. It's the kind of book that makes you depressed it's over. Great character building, stories, and pop culture references.
You don't have to be an 80's geek to get the references either. I cannot wait to see how they turn this into a film.
The characters, the suspense, and the fun.
He really did a great job with the characterizing/performance of the main character. The others weren't the greatest.
The Oasis is waiting.
I wish I could find a similar book that will live up to this one. Loved every minute.
The story createS an amazing world for your imagination and has a great ending.
I couldn't get to it fast enough. Thank God Audible allows you to play books at faster speeds.
If you are in your late 20s or 30s, you will be blasted back to your teenage years. It's a perfect blend of every nerdy culture thing you can imagine. Perfect choice picking Wil Wheaton to read this! LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!!!
Will was perfectly casted, despite his funny mannerism. The story is a roller coaster of a poor kid fighting the odds in a SAO like world but bound in reality.
To spoil any of the story would be a travesty. Just read this amazing book if you know about 80's culture. Mostly movies and games with music bombs for good measure. Easily the best book I've heard on the site. - R