Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan
EW placed this book as one of the best books published in 2011, so I went in search of it. After reading the premise I was intrigued. But when I found out that Wil Wheaton was the narrator, I had to listen to the audio book. Ernest Cline creates a character driven story that just happens to take place in the Oasis -- a virtual reality internet type place where you can do anything -- a sort of proto-Holodeck. Motivated by connections - albeit cyber and not necessarily personal, Cline builds a bildungsroman in a cyber-world of competition, infatuation, and ultimately an adventure. Wil Wheaton is the perfect guide to this world via audio and his performance needs to be lauded.
Ernest Cline is a brilliant connoisseur of 80s pop culture and this book will make you wish you, too, could devote your life to knowing all there is to know, love, and hate about the 80!
Although I have not yet read the printed version of this book, I doubt that I could have done a better job!! I really enjoed listening to this book!
I liked the fact that I could relate to some of the games, game sytems and movies that were mentioned in the story because I remembered them from my youth.
Oh!! Will Wheaton's performance of the book was breath taking, I felt like I was watching a movie instead of listening to an audiobook. It was that real for me!
I am embarrased to say that I cried in the end I was so happy and proud of parzavil.
Would definitely recommend, particularly if you grew up in the 80's, and ever played video games or toyed around with the early computers. A parade through history of a complex but fun decade, and fantasy that is oh so believable... easily a direction we are headed.
Can't wait for the movie.
This is the story of Wade Watts, a teenager in the future who spends most of his life inside the OASIS, a virtual world that started out as a video game, but has become an escape from reality for most of the people on earth. When the creator of the OASIS died, he left behind the ultimate game. The winner of the game would inherit his fortune and control of the OASIS itself. The game consists of finding 3 keys, which will unlock 3 gates. The first person to get through the third gate will find the "easter egg" and win the game, along with untold riches. The only clues anyone has to go on are the creator's love of all things from the 80's. Books, video games, movies, music, and even technology.
I grew up in the 80's. So I experienced firsthand almost all of the things referenced in this book. I expected the references to get annoying, or at least to exist just to say "Hey, remember Dexy's Midnight Runners???" or something equally stupid. But it wasn't that way at all. Ok, so the references were a little over the top at times, but there were many more times when they made me laugh out loud, or they gave me a dopey sense of pride that I was able to solve a puzzle before the answer was given in the book.
But the thing that makes or breaks this book isn't the references. It's the story. And I thought the story was wonderful. Even though most of the action is taking place in a virtual world, there is some very real life danger and drama. The characters become people you care about, even though you only know them as avatars.
All in all, I loved it. It's not for everyone, but anyone who has ever been a gamer, or considered themselves a geek, or grew up in the 80's (or all 3) would find this right up their alley. I was discussing it with a friend of mine who also read it, and he said "It's great that you liked it so much, but it was written just for me." That's how it feels to read this book.
All of that covers the book itself, but doesn't mention the performance of the narrator, Wil Wheaton. He was the perfect choice for this audiobook. You can tell he understands and loves the subject matter, and he just adds another layer of awesome on top of an already awesome story.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
I am a 60 something who probably shouldn't enjoy these computer game books as much as I do. But this genre has grown on me since William Gibson and Neal Stephenson became a part of my reading pleasure. This is a compelling love story with a lot of action and a great fight between some likable geeks and a nasty corporate entity. Well worth the credit and the time it took to listen - 2 days - because I could not turn it off once I got into it. Buy it and you should like it.
I loved this book so much that I am actually going to write a review for the first time after being an Audible subscriber since 2005.
I generally lean more toward fantasy and horror books (Robert R. McCammon, Charlaine Harris, Christopher Moore, Stephen King) so it took me a couple months to finally start listening to this. Why did I wait?! I've been a fan of Wil Wheaton since I was a giggling school girl reading Teen Beat and that is really what made me get this audiobook. Knowing that it had some 80's pop culture references, I thought it would be a fun listen but I was worried I wouldn't get the MANY gaming references and that it would take away from the story, being the non gamer that I am. I was so wrong. Yes, the hardcore gamers will really love the tons of games from the '70's and '80's that are continuously referenced but the author explains just enough to let the non gamer thoroughly enjoy the book without explaining too much to bore the gamers. The other '80's references are lots of fun, especially for those who grew up in that decade. Pop culture aside, the story is great and fairly original. The characters feel realistic and easy to love or hate.
Listen to this book. You won't be disappointed.
Highly recommended for all ages.....
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Matching Ready Player One and Wil Wheaton is a POP CULTURE Fanboy's Dream connection. The story is full of Pop Culture references from 70's 80's and 90's. Wil Wheaton has fun with his performance(with minor drops) a Fun story that pokes at Fanboy culture. a great listen.
I liked the story, even though it was a tad predictable. I wish the language would have been kept cleaner, so I could recommend it to my middle school students. I didn't see the need for the language in a story young adults would love to read. I got a lot of the 80's references, but not all, I was more a 70's girl.