The narrator Wil Wheaton was perfect for reading this book.
An explosion that made everything more than just a game but survival.
Wade Watts. The sarcasm, the way he described cultural knowledge.
Absolutely. Great plot.
I didn't mind not knowing every 80s or game reference, because the descriptions were great, especially from the mind of the character.
I heard about this book from a friend who said I might like it. I grew up in the 80's.. so I got all the references. But throw on that it was read by Wil Wheaton.. even cooler! Amazing book! Great Narrator! I'm not sure what else to say.If you are a tech guy who grew up in the 80's, you gotta get this book. It's a moral imperative! (Yeah, thats right... I threw in an 80's pop-culture quote).
Yes - as a narrator, Wil Wheaton does an outstanding job with all of the characters, and is an excellent choice for this book. I have not read the print version, but the audio version blew me (and my non-reading husband) away. We laughed outloud at several points.
There is a lot of 1980's pop-culture in this book, but it is still enjoyable even if you aren't as well versed as the author in all things geek/nerd/etc from the 80's.
The Princess is in Another Castle.
The book is a little clunky to begin with, and there is a lot of narration, but it really gets going once you get into the Oasis. The author builds a great world, one that you really want to know more about, and listening to the book with my husband gave us a chance to re-live some nostalgic childhood events, make fun of each other for shared dorky experiances, and made for interesting conversation. It's not a perfect book; needs more "show me" and less "tell me", and there is a long bit in it that slows the plot a little, but it is still a very, very good book and I loved all the characters. I can definitely see a future for this book as a movie as well.
The walk down memory lane along with the fantastic reading was the perfect compliment to the story itself. There are scenes that I want to hear him read again!
Art3mis - As a female gamer who met her husband online in an MMORPG, it's not hard to see why I could identify with her.
Wade. He had just the right amount of snark for the park. :)
A race to the finish, but who will really win?
I've listened to over 700 audiobooks, and this one is in the top 25 easily. Plus I haven't finished it yet.
It's similar to The Running Man, The Last Starfighter, and Ender's Game in that it describes a player in a game controlled by a powerful force.
His passion. He takes sci-fi seriously. The book is told from first person, and I believed he was the character.
Once again, I like lists of sci-fi authors, video games, movies, directors, tv shows, etc. which help me figure out if I'm doing a good job keeping up with geek culture. This book is a treasure-trove of such things. Among the 20 authors he lists as "favorites" of the game designer, I'd never read any books by 10 of them. Guess I have my work cut out for me.
I remember the first time struggling with my Apple IIc to get on telnet ( pre-browser without GUI)...and typing with someone from India. The book captures the entire spirit of what it is like to live in a cerebral world in the middle of a deteriorating socio-economic system. Never underestimate the mind of a motivated kid!!! It has a happy ending which was nice, though probably unrealistic. We live today in a corporate spider web, all our tools of technology have a hidden side---we ignore it usually or forget about it, but it is real just the same. This book brings the hidden side to the forefront, it is a work of absolute genius.
After reading or listening to this, make sure you read or listen to Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" ---both of these authors have captured something that will change your perspective and realign you a bit closer to reality.
Nostalgic Nerd Heaven
Cant compare. Mr Cline nailed this.
Such an awesome book only made better by Mr. Wheaton's spot on narration. If you are between the ages of 30 and 45 be prepared to start looking for your Atari to play after listening to this book
Combine Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Matrix, your favorite MMORPG, and 80s trivia and you've got Ready Player One. If you grew up in the 80s, the flashbacks and the trivia combined with the sci-fi spin make this a great and fun read.
READY PLAYER ONE is a rollicking Sci-Fi action-suspense novel of the near-future where billions of people spend the bulk of their time "living" in a virtual world that has replaced the internet. When James Halliday, the co-creator of this virtual world -- OASIS -- dies, he leaves behind a treasure that will make the one who finds it the richest person in the real (and virtual) world. Among the millions of gamers who set off to unravel the mysterious riddles and games that Halliday left behind, all of which point the way to the amazing treasure, is young Wade Watts, a brilliant, precocious, high school senior whose life is about to take a twist -- and many, many turns as he delves deeper into the virtual game that flashes back to the late 1970's and 1980's as the electronic world we now live in was just coming in to being...
Masterfully written, this is a fast-paced, engaging story with very likable characters.Wil Wheaton serves the story well as narrator, but some of his characters (luckily, mostly secondary ones) fall a little flat... and there are a few points where I felt that the drama of certain scenes just didn't quite have the impact that the narrative required. Luckily, in those occasional spots, the writing and the story will carry you through, until you reach the very end...
...when you wish you could insert another quarter so that it could go on for just a little bit longer.
The story line is interesting and plausible with an engaging narrator.
The hope within the chaos, the humanity of the main character.
This is a multi layered story with a lot going on. Better to take it slowly.