a nice story, set against the computer obsession of most young people today, but ultimately a happy story, a story of a young man growing up
This is an incredible story, read by an amazing narrator (although I'm a little biased cause I'm a huge nerd with a secret crush on Will Wheaton). I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Ernest Cline probably makes for a great DM.
Wil Wheaton does a fantastic job of making this clever, ridiculously 80s-fueled retro-future fantasy simply fun to listen to. Even the sometimes cookie-cutter cliche characters add to the charm - like you know what they're going to do or say because it's what any good 80s character would do - and yet Cline does a wonderful job of knowing when it's best to stop following our expectations and surprise us, yet again.
If you're looking for something fun, heartfelt, intelligent, and unabashedly geeky, pick up Ready Player One and prepare to lose a couple days listening.
The plot is a bit tedious at the end but the setting and action are fantastic and are a real treat. the first 5-6 chapters are a bit heavy on exposition put the pacing picks up nicely. Well constructed and fun for the obvious 1980 pop culture references but the world building is also a gem here. Characters are a bit stilted but the hit their baselines well
This is one of my favorite books. I recieved it as a gift from a friend, so it is special in that regards. l recently started listening to audio books at work. While I love the book I did not know how Wheaton would be as the narrator. He was a perfect fit. I look forward to finding other books he has narrated. I highly recommend this audiobook, especially if you were raised on vidiogames and 80'S pop culture.