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.
Fun from beginning to end. There are a few plot holes, but you won't care. If you are 35 to 45 you will enjoy the references even more.
Will's reading is pretty good most of the time, but you can't help but to picture the main character as Wesley Crusher.
I think just about anyone would like this book, but if you grew up in the 80s playing early video games and watching SF movies and giant robot cartoons then this book was written especially for you. Also Will Wheaton gives a great performance. He reads just a bit slowly at times, so I speeded up the playback, but otherwise he's pitch-perfect and highly appropriate.
The most fun I've had listening to a book since I started using Audible. Great narration, Wil Wheaton makes the character.