Have you ever known someone whose best years were in high school? Who looks back and idolizes (and fetishizes) those years? Listening to this book is like hearing that person tell you, in 20-hour detail, how awesome their local school's football team was, how Cindy was so hot, and how Mrs. Crandall was so strict.
Well I grew up in the 80's and played more than my fair share of games, but the sheer volume of shameless attempts to exploit 80's nostalgia is nauseating. We get it, you liked games, TV, and music from the time when you were young. However, slapping a poorly-thought-out virtual reality, childish world-view, and predictable plot onto your fetish does not make for an interesting book. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory without the humor. A politician you've seen through, who's desperately trying to tell you what he thinks you want to hear.
Why don't the reviews average to 2 stars? I'm told these ratings are only posted if accompanied by a photo proving the review was written by an overweight unmarried antisocial male. Childhood must begin in the 80's.
Great story. very original. The narrator was awesome. Only problem I had was some childhood vulgar language at times. Would have been just as good without it. I would be cautious if you're having young children read it , I wouldn't let mine read it.
Awesome plot. Very original. Good character dynamic and development. I loved everything but the last ten minutes or so... Plot became a bit cliche. Thought it could've been wrapped up a bit better.
I would give anything to be able to create a character in the Oasis and discover its secrets for myself. The story was imaginative and compelling. Never a dull moment. The only thing I would like to see changed is the jumping "ear gear" from right to left.
If I'm not reading, I'm listening.
Only wish I'd listened sooner. Wil Wheaton was the perfect person to narrate this book.
Ernest Cline does an amazing job creating a visual to put you right in the middle of the Oasis Virtual Reality Simulation.
With tons of references to all kinds of nerdy things, even when references were over my head, it did not impair my enjoyment or understanding in the story.
I never thought I would enjoy listening to Wil Wheaton for 15 hours (Shut up Wesley Crusher) he does a great job with changing his tone such that every character is unique and Identifiable.
Overall it is a great book, and I am now hugely excited for the upcoming film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg!
I love this story... an epic adventure set in your favorite fantasy past and future. once I started listening I could not wait to plug back in to the Oasis. A must listen if your a fan of... well anything.