This is the best book I've listened to in a very long time. I was hesitant that some of the nerdier 80s references might pass over me and I'd be lost but nope. I should have had more faith in myself. I did graduate in '89 after all.
This book is extremely entertaining and I frequently wished I could climb inside and experience the Oasis. Wil Wheaton was an excellent choice for a narrator too. Enjoy!
Ready Player One, a book about an epic quest taken up by an nerd with an encyclopedic knowledge of 80's pop culture, video games, and everything to do with the creator of said quest, most of which takes place inside a virtual world.
Starting with the positives of this book I have to say that Cline's world building skills are very well developed and I really did feel a part of the world and story. The environments and various technologies are well described without being long winded, the characters have great and decently fleshed out personalities, and the dialogue feels very natural. The story is interesting and definitely kept me engaged throughout its ups and downs and resolved in a pretty satisfying way. And finally, Wil Wheaton gives a great performance as the narrator.
Let me start out this negative portion of the review by saying I love video games and the history of video games (hence why I picked up this title in the first place). But the sheer fact spitting Cline does through the book borders absurd self congratulatory obsession, kind of like that kid in high school who raised his hand in class just to talk over the teacher about the subject at hand for a good fifteen minutes. We get it, your book is very well researched and you know a lot about the 80's and video games. This get almost embarrassing as the main character often looks down and puts down others for not being as obsessed with these facts as he is. On that note main character is a total "Mary Sue", his only "flaw" being overweight (which is later resolved). The two other somewhat main characters feel like cliched cardboard cutouts (The bond girl and the buddy cop). The later's character is finally delved into and given some great backstory towards the end for all of about 3-5 minutes and never touched on again.
All of that being said Ready Player one is a decent read but I don't think I'll be recommending it to anyone without solicitation any time soon.
This could be one of my favorite standalone books of all time. As a child of the 80s who grew up playing video games and listening to great 80s music this was an extraordinary read. I was smiling the whole time reminiscing of all the video games and songs and movies!!!
I don't know why I didn't listen to this before now! This was one of those books that you find excuses to keep listening to. Wheaton was a good choice as reader as well. *Credit Worthy*
By far one of the best books I have read and listened too, everything about it from real world to inside the oasis flows so well and the action is placed perfectly with the suspense of finishing a quest for a key. I would recommend this to everyone!