Excellent story. And Wil Wheaton is the perfect narrator for this book, but that is the exact reason I couldn't give it 5 stars. The story drags a bit in the beginning and all of the snarky comments from our hero in Wil Wheaton's perfectly sarcastic tone was a bit much for me.
That being said, it is well worth sticking with the book.
The characters are fun and interesting, the dialog is as real as it gets, and the whole concept of the Oasis is fantastic and relatively original. There is introspection and there is a ton of action.
I was a bit put off by the constant references to the 80's but it doesn't hurt the story.
I highly recommend this book! One more good note, it has a beginning and an end! Not your usual sci-fi set up for a 12 part series!
This book was phenomenal. The author achieved maximum level and score on my score board! And the narrator conveyed the main characters tone very well. I found myself thinking of this story all the time and making extra time to listen (I even made a conscious effort to bring my headphones everywhere I went just incase I would be able to listen between events or daily routines). I will likely be listening to this book again. Bravo!!
This book is amazing! It's descriptive language transports you into the future where you get to experience two new worlds. I am not a video game fanatic
but this book made me feel nostalgic for the arcade games I played as a child.
I started listening to this during my lunch breaks at work. It soon turned into listening during every spare moment I had. This is a great story mixing science fiction, with a treasure hunt. It's full of humor, action and more.
I enjoyed this story (and performance) very much. I am a big fan of the 80's (the decade I 'grew up' in) and Rush, so this hit home in many places.
The story takes the 'geek/nerd' genre and weaves a web of suspense and drama that would work well in a TV mini series.
The three main characters all have secret identities that get fleshed out through the story. I loved the way the twists did not change the pacing of the story but made the bond between the characters stronger.
If you are a child of the 80's this is a great book to bring back some great (forgotten?) memories.
I told my husband, "I felt like I was listening to Dork-o-thon 9000." He told me to share my review. Story & Wil Wheaton are great, just not my thing. Was listening to his audible account.
The story was creative and interesting but I would have liked more about the real world technology versus that in the oasis. I thought Will Wheaton was excellent.