Had RP1 recommended to me several times and decided to give it a shot. Thoroughly disappointed. I knew 80s pop culture and video games played a part in it but I didn't know a portion of the book would be word for word reproductions of the events of War Games and Monty Python's Holy Grail. Another significant portion of the book is a list of dozens of bands, authors, and film directors whose work the main character has consumed. There is no discussion, no consideration given to the actual quality or appealing properties of the work. It's all just "awesome." His attachment to his collection is representative of the shallow nature of "nerd culture": media and works of art ate there to be filed away, just lists of trivia to be stored rather than anything of actual significance.
The characters are empty. Everyone defines themselves by their pop culture obsessions, which is just as endearing as when people do the same thing in real life. However, thanks to the rules of this universe, the kids who devote their lives to overconsumption of everything 80s (which is 60 years old at the time of RP1) are the real heroes!
The main character acquires a car that is a replica of the Back to the Future Delorean with the red oscillating light from KITT from Knight Rider and the paint job of the car from Ghostbusters. He thinks it is the coolest thing ever and everyone else agrees. If you feel the same way, this is the book for you.
While I was only born in the early 80s, I still have fond memories of a lot of the early games. This book brought all of those memories back, playing pong, zork, pacman. If you're a child of the 80s and nostalgic about early games, movies, and music, than you'll love this book!
Loved the storyline and trip down memory lane. The very fun story and the vocabulary created such vivid image that I feel like I was watching in. I would definitely recommend this book!
how he wrote a masterpiece as his first book is beyond me. but this is a wonderful, creative and adventerous book. constantly changing, constantly keeping you guessing. wil wheaton does a fantastic job. nobody else could have narrated it better.
Probably the best audiobook in the world! Thank you for this experience!
Perfect narration, perfect story. I absolutely enjoyed it!
Wil Wheaton narration is phenomenal! Bravo!
I've always enjoyed books, but struggle to focus on physically reading them. Groupon offered two free months to Audible and I picked this book up to start with. I received a paper copy of it months ago from a Loot Crate but again, lacked the ability to just hunker down and read it. Wil Wheaton hooked me. His voice, his inflection, his characters, all wonderful. I'll be seeking other books narrated by him as well.
As for the actual story? Ready Player One is a geeky cyberpunk adventure story with action, 80s pop culture, love, space travel, and the world's largest MMO. It was great to listen to. I was legitimately sad when it was over that I couldn't keep hearing more of the story and more about the characters I fell in love with.