More of a listener than a reader. Love me some audiobooks.
I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. I feel you definitely need an appreciation for video games and general geekery to really appreciate the story. There were definitely some places in the story where it was more about the nostalgia than the story itself. Which I can appreciate, but not everyone would.
The respect Earnest Cline had for the reader/listener. He is trying to impress the pants off you, Everything is so grandiose, visually spectacular and yet so cohesive and curated. The world is completely immersive and full of so many nostalgic references that you start to feel attached emotionally; as if the book were an old friend, as if his world were real or possible, you just don't question it. the concept has technical and conceptual PLAUSIBILITY, and for something so enormously ambitious as the oasis and everything else well that is just.... that is CRAY CRAY!!
It's so unique that to compare it would take away some of it's better qualities. I can appreciate something for its uniqueness and it's my favorite kind of appreciation.
Yo! The man is Wil Wheaton, people, Grand Geeklord of America. There is even a reference to him IN THE BOOK!
Your ears will blow glitter.
It seriously impeded my ability to work or manage anything productive for the duration of my listening.
What are you waiting for?
if you have ever felt the satisfaction of finishing a quest, or making the final shot on the last boss
you should probably listen to this book.
Somewhere between ecto88, the ghost hunting time machine with gull wing doors, and the endless hoards of lookalike corporate sixers,
a guy meets a girl, and they save the multiverse
It was a really good story even though not being all that original. Probably too verbose for me. Too many references to 1980s video game and japanese anime pop culture. Granted, its a main part of the story line, but it was over done. Not a fan of the narrator of Trek fame.
It made me chuckle with memories.
Playing a perfect PacMan game...for nothing???
Escaping the Debtors prison.
Ready Player 1? You better be...
Really detailed and well researched. Heavy on the scores, etc., but it didn't take away from the humanity of the story. I don't really know how to describe it, but 80s aficionados (and especially nerds of the 80s) will LOVE this. I'm picturing my friends who played D&D tearing up. I truly enjoyed it.
Overall a great listen if you are into scifi or gamer culture but at times it lags when it starts to rely heavily on clumsy description of what's happening to the point of over analyzing the scene had to rewind and replay a few of the scenarios but I listen at 3x speed so your mileage may very