This is a easy recommend for any geek whose teenage years are largely spent in the 80's. It hit on so many guilty pleasures in story line and story telling that it just may be that my favorite audible book ever is just low-grade literature, but I don't care. It was great for me.
If you grew up playing the 1st game systems, ie. Nintendo, Atari, Any Arcade Game... If you like 80's anything... or if you want to get lost in a truly vivid story, download this title.
I'm more of a King fan when it comes down to it, but this book brought a flurry of nostalgic smirks to my face. It really does hit a nerve if you did your growing up 2 decades ago.
The narrator is good if you dont mind the same voice for every character. But you can tell he had as much fun reading it as you will listening.
if you were ever into these things, you'll dig this book: Indiana Jones, Nintendo, Def Leppard, virtual reality, Max Headroom, Arcades, PacMan, BladeRunner, Easter Egg Hunts, Dungeons and Dragons, Samurai Swords, X-Wing Fighters, winning the lottery, Mathew Broderick Movies, Divo, geeks.
No, but Wheaton does an excellent job.
Other than the numerous pop culture and video game references which I love, I also liked the way Cline depicts people who find themselves immersed in
I enjoyed this book more than the previous 20 that I've read--lot's of fun!
It was with some trepidation that I purchased this audio book even though it had excellent reviews. This is not the type of book that would normally interest me, but I was hooked within the first ten minutes of listening. Wil Wheaton does a fine job narrating and the story and characters are entertaining from start to finish.
I do almost all of my listening to audiobooks as a way of keeping my sanity during my hour long commute each day, and found myself taking the long way home just to get in a few more minutes.
This is a can't miss book in my estimation and it's my bet you will find this book as enjoyable as I did.
This audio book is simply amazing. The story (while sometimes a bit predictable) is just wonderful. Will does his usual awesome job of narrating. I bought 5 hard copies of this book for friends after listening and cant wait to distribute them. This book is like crack for geeks. Thank you Audible.
This book was written for people who in 2012 are anywhere from 38-45 years old... who grew up with the era of videogames (the 80s). It certainly can be enjoyed by others, but that's the target audience. The story is filled with references to videogames, role-playing games, MMORPGs and the like. Fans will be thrilled by the references throughout and Wil Wheaton does a nice job making the main character feel real. The story is complex, woven as it is into the fabric of a virtual computer game, but to listen is to go on an adventure and the book satisfies in its conclusion.
This book is a nostalgia-tastic. As a child of the 80's I found myself smiling every few pages as another 80's pop-reference brought fresh memories. I'm sure most of the reviews will dwell on this aspect of the novel, and rightly so because this is the heart and soul of this novel. If you grew up in the 80's you will LOVE this book. I can't name the number of times I was taken out of the book and into my own childhood with a reference to some game or music I had forgotten about. So the question is will someone who wasn't a kid in the 80's care about this book? Hmmm..... That's a hard one.
Cline does a good job building the world for his character, and the first 1/3 of the novel is rock solid, the second act stalls a little, and the third act... ehhhh.. Well its not bad, it just doesn't live up to the promise from the first part of the book. If I had to lay a fault on the second and third act it would be the way the outlying characters in the book fall away leaving the protagonist a solo adventurer. The book is at its strongest when the characters are experiencing the virtual world together, and there are several moments in the book I believe would have been stronger with the inclusion of the supporting characters.
Having said that I highly recommend this book. It's filled with that whimsical sense of adventure so many movies from the 80's had, but seems to have been lost by this current generation of storytellers. It has all the classic tropes, antagonists can be both scary and ridiculous at the same time, heroes can pursue victory for noble intentions, and most of all, Pizza Parlors were magical places of games, food, and friends.
Will Weaton does a great job as the narrator, its always great to find a book and a narrator match up perfectly.
I loved this book and I really liked Wil Wheaton' performance. He did a great job with the characters.
There are more 80's references than I can count and they range from general pop culture to more obscure 'geek' pop culture. This was a great book with a great story.