So, if you have any love for games, like, old school Nintendo and such, you'll have to read this book. Will is a great narrator. A page turner for sure, I was completely engrossed the entire read
If Sword Art Online and the 80s had a baby, this would be it. The problem is that it contains too much of the latter, while constantly failing to live up to the former.
Ready Player One is an enjoyable book, but it's also a rather odd book. The 80s references are sometimes just "there" for seemingly no reason, even when it doesn't do a thing to advance the story. It then doesn't help that the book is both long and manages to skip entire parts of the story completely, giving you the feeling that you just lost out on a major part of the story in favor of a few more pages of useless trivia. That's a harsh thing to say about the feature that arguable defines this book, but balance is key to everything.
The story itself is also quite unbelievable at times. The characters will solve riddles so random that they could be Half Life 3 memes (btw, 3 gates in this book, Half Life 3 is confirmed!) while failing to solve other riddles so beyond obvious that any half intelligent reader will sit there for hours waiting for the characters to catch up. They'll also magically be able to get through the challenges in the game on the first try, no matter how unbelievable the feats are.
All of this boils down to the decision to only give avatars one life, and the sixer storyline. No one who reads this seriously believes the sixers will win, nor will anyone believe that the main character will die and have to restart everything. As such, there's a false threat hanging over the storyline all throughout, detracting from the main treasure hunting storyline. This book could have been a cleverly written treasure hunting story with a lot of believable trial and error to slowly get Halliday's easter egg, but spends way too much time on attempting to create suspense in such a predictable way that it becomes boring.
Despite all of this, the book is enjoyable. It just isn't amazing.
This book is perfect for an '80's survivor, gamer nerd! Wil Wheaton is absolutely the narrator I have heard to date. He is the perfect narrator for this particular book, but I'd listen to him narrate any story.
The beginning of the book used a lot of pop references I didn't know and I didn't think I would get into the story, (not really a gamer)
but as the story progressed I found it to be a great story. By the middle of the book I was pretty exited for the story to continue.
Wills ability to narrate was engrossing. I felt as though the emotion of the characters were well depicted.
I don't believe 'reading ' about playing video games is more fun than playing them.
he did a decent job
there was little character development. Superficial.
had a few good action moments but not worth 15 hours of listening to a very predictable story.
The books I've listened to should tell you more than 111 characters ever could...
My first audible book and it was an instant winner. Not only was the story fun and strangely recognizable for a person that grew up in the eighties, I really enjoyed Wil Wheaton's down to earth way of reading. Highly recommended.
This book was recommended to me. I do not think it is as great as people make it out and the reviews this book got but still it was fun and good read. Maybe, I did not like it as much because I was did not grow up playing all of those old school consoles and video games.
Social commentary on where we're heading.
Quick paced adventure yarn.
Fantasy lover's pick.
Smooth narration you can let yourself float with.
Boy meets girl, boy gets girl flavor.
What more can you ask?