Excellent choice of narrator. Loaded with gamer history factoids. FUN. Probably fun to read, but definitely fun to hear
This book was recommended by a Friend, and I had no idea how great of a book it was. Combining pop culture and imagination, what an excellent story. Wil Wheaton does a phenomenal job as well.
This is a story like no other I've read before. I've listened to this 2 times now, and it got better the second time. The author put a lot of time and detail into all the subtle and not so subtle references, nods and throwbacks to my years growing up. Wil Wheaton does a fantastic job with the reading. If your hesitant about reading this one, but are a fan of early video games, John Hughes movies, 80's music and pop culture, then you will probably enjoy this story.
I've probably never been so torn over whether I liked a book or not. Let me start by saying I loved the concept and it's cool to see another take on the "Global MMO" trope. The main character made me cringe in a strangely good way because he reminded me of what I was like at 18 playing MMOs back then. He, and a lot of the main characters, are charmingly awkward. When they're together it was too much, I did a lot of audible groaning listening to them during the non action parts.
I wish more was done with the story. There were so many concepts introduced that just never get touched on again. And the ending. When it transitioned to the "Thank you for listening to...", I was stunned. There was so much left to cover. Not enough that i'd expect a sequel, but at least another couple chapters building on what we had just learned.
Narrator wise, Wil Wheaton is Wil Wheaton. Not much to say there, if you like him you'll like his narration.
I kind of enjoyed it overall but I really had to force my way through the romance parts and I was let down by the end.
Loved the detail and imagery. I was drawn into the world Cline created.
Wil Wheaton does an excellent narration. Top of my list of favorite books.
The story kept me very engaged, even during the very detailed geeky parts on 1980s pop culture. However, it was typical scifi in that the main character seemed to overcome incredible odds, so sort of a typical prophecy-driven story in which the main character always thinks of just about everything. Wil Wheaton as narrator was great, kind of funny because I'm watching Star Trek Next Generation now.
Ready Player One is a fully immersive book that will have you captivated from the start. It begins like any great hero's journey, with a call to adventure that bewilders and amazes as the reader is then taken for a fantastic journey through Ernest Cline's vision of a sullen future. Definitely a must read for anyone who enjoys the 80s and the "nerd" culture that was born from the birth of gaming.