Fun trip down geeky tech memory lane.
everyone I have recommended this book to has loved it.
i enjoyed this book as much as anything i've read/listened to in a long time. it has scratched an itch i didn't even realize i had. hopefully it is the first novel in a new genre. the quintessential cyberdork adventure story!
full of pop culture references guaranteed to have dorks of all ages doing the pee-pee dance in excitement.
It may be the most fun I have had listening to an audiobook that was not by Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams.
The setting is kind of a sci-fi cyberpunk-lite, but the story structure is really more quest fantasy or action-spy story. In that sense, it is a fairly standard
Wheaton's narration is skillful and spot on. I am not sure that he necessarily adds something per se -- he definitely narrates, rather than voice acting (though one of his character voices is still a bit annoying, but there is not much of it). But this book is written to be heard, and is incredibly immersive in that medium, and Wheaton simply gets it right, not detracting from it in any, showing much greater skill than most narrators. Also, when you happened to come up out of the story and notice whose voice it is, his geek chic (from TNG and Big Bang Theory) is just perfect for the book. Indeed, his real-life self makes two Hitchcock-level cameos in the story.
I definitely wanted to listen to the last 1/3 in one sitting. Early on, I was not quite so convinced because a few things were grating on me a bit (see my comments below). Even still, it was captivating. One factor that made it a bit less
As I noted, I found this completely delightful. I should add the caveat, though, that I am exactly the perfect demographic for this book. I came of age in the same years as Halliday (the character who is responsible for the 1980s pop culture domination of the story); I was the exact type of intellectual-pop, game playing geek; and I even grew up in Columbus! I recognized almost every one of the hundred (thousands?) of references, and figured out most of the clues (and I am not a mystery reader). I even recognized [very minor spoiler of an early event] that the
Ready Player One was so enjoyable to listen to that I would definitely listen to it again. It has similar elements to the techno-thriller Daemon, but with a much happier and hopeful premise.
I absolutely loved the 1980's pop culture references that are present throughout the book. Having been born only a couple years after the fictional Halliday was born, I could relate to many of the references, even to the extent that they brought back memories long forgotten.
Wil has just the right amount of geek cred to really bring this book to life. He did surprisingly well at portraying the different voices throughout the book. And being a geek himself, it was nice that he pronounced all of the tech terms correctly.
I primarily listen to audiobooks while commuting to and from work in my car. This is just the kind of book that made me sit in my car minutes after arriving at my destination, just so I could get a few more minutes of listening in.
Supposedly this book is being made into a movie. Unfortunately, I don't think the movie will be able to pull off all the great aspects that are present in this book. I really believe that by listening to the audio version of this book, you will be getting the best possible presentation of this story.
I wouldn't be surprised if this book wins the best novel awards in Sci-Fi. It certainly deserves it. With that being said.
There is a certain, I don't know the word, I'll just call it aura or feel, to this novel. The bleak but hopeful picture that the book paints about the near future is fathomable. 3-D virtual reality, MMOG style universes, like the Oasis, are perfectly feasible with existing technology. The technology that will be developed in the next 30 years will make Mr. Cline's universe even more likely. People already clamor for escapes from reality with television, facebook, audiobooks, and especially video games. So, it won't be long before people strap into VR rigs and become completely immersed in false realities that are much better. I think that the future painted by Ernest Cline is very realistic, and that makes this book even more interesting. Also, Cline raises some philosophical issues that people already deal with who exist in some form or fashion on the internet. All and all it was an extremely well written and interesting book.
I can't remember why I bought this - there is nothing about the description that would entice me. But I am so thrilled that I followed the reviews - what a wonderful, carry-me-away story. I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed it as much if I had read it - Will Wheaton's reading was so wonderful - his expression, voices, timing - all amazing.
I can't recommend this enough. I knew nothing about 80's video games, so I probably missed a bunch of inside jokes. I don't care. I loved the pacing, the silliness, the romance, the geeky references - all terrific.
Get this book. You will thoroughly enjoy it!
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
Greatest Crossover Ever!
Ready Player one is filled with exciting moments to let your geek flag fly. The numerous in jokes are great. However, the Mech Robot battle at the end is nothing short of mega-kaiju-epic!
The raiding of the tomb sets up the reat adventure and tone of the book. Who doesn't like a good joust?!
The Greatest Game Ever Played Will Be Played for Life!
There are so many awesome moments in this book. Anyone with an appreciation for the 80's, pop culture, vide game, or roleplaying games should buy and read this book.
Ready Player One is at once intricate and simple. The level of detail in the story is amazing and paints a vivid picture of an online world that can rival the real one, but at its heart the story is a story of a boy growing into a man.
Wil Wheaton has the geek chops necessary to bring credibility to the material. What he lacks in polish he more than makes up for in enthusiasm.
This is an addictive, engaging book that will lead to many driveway moments.
educator and technologist
Excellent characters and great puzzles to solve. The mixture of 80's trivia, movies, games and television references keep the reader wondering what's next and will I know of the next reference. I'll be watching this author! Loved it.