I felt like I was WA WA WA Wade. hahaha. I've listen to this 5 times so far. I'm sure there will be several dozen more. it's soo addicting. once you start you don't want to stop. Wil Wheaton did a wonderful job.
Decently engaging representation of immersive mmorpgs. I probably didn't get the most out of it since I'm kinda neutral about '80's pop culture. Listeners/readers with more investment in and knowledge of the '80's scene will probably love this book.
I'd recommend it with the caveat that they'll need to swallow a few straw-men premises in the first few chapters before they get into the actual story (imminent danger of fossil fuel use and the representation of corporations as irredeemably evil come to mind) . I can think of a few other, less caricature-filled, stories of mmo's I'd recommend before this one because they don't have such heavy-handed starting premises (which are debatable, if not largely disprovable).
He brings Wil Wheaton's voice. You can tell he loves the book's obsession with the '80's, but the fact that I kept seeing Wil Wheaton's face through most of the book got a bit distracting at times (shouldn't be a problem if you don't know who he is, etc). He articulates the emotions well.
When a certain protagonist finds a certain copper key...
I really did enjoy the book once it got into the actual drama surrounding the game, after it gets past the opening hypotheticals. However, they were so arguable/disprovable that the book never/rarely feels like it could happen the way he sets it up.
I loved the story. it was very well thought out and imaginative. Don't want to be negative bit could we leave out the anti religion.
Just could not put the audiobook down. Was well-paced, detailed descriptions throughout. So many name-drops in the story - games, movies, shows and authors - very lovingly-written.
I enjoyed most of this book. The plot and narration are great but the 80s references were over the top and took me out of the story a bit. Don't let that stop you from getting this book however.
Not a huge fan of Wheaton, but enjoyed his reading. I can see why so many of my friend's suggested this book. Fun, nostalgic, at times exciting and giddy.