What an amazing and well-preformed story. I downloaded this to listen with my husband who is more into the video game and 80's phenomena than I but I loved this story just as much as he did. Even if you don't think you're into this genre, give Ready Player One a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
This is my third time through this book. 2nd time in a year. I have never done that before. This book is so much fun!!! Will Wheaton brings this brilliant novel to life in one of the greatest audio performances I have ever heard.
Humor, great sci-fi, drama, action love story - this book has it all. If you remember the 80s fondly at all, you will love this blend of futuristic imagination and nostalgia.
If it didn't use the f-word fairly often, it would be perfect for young and old alike. But parents with young teens will likely want to wait for Spielberg's 2017 film that will likely rate PG13.
The book was not overly complex, and fairly predictable, but the allegory of the Oasis is timely, as we are defining what the freedom of the Internet will look like, against political and corporate pressures. Will Wheaton was an OK narrator. There were a few decisions about word pronunciation that either mean I have been wrong my whole life, or that he was not well prepared by staff members. Somewhat irritating.
Audio was a really fun format for this story, and the battle near the end was absolutely electrifying. There are so many fun pop and computer history references from my childhood that I wonder how much of the content my 18 year old would find relatable. For my people though, there are a trove of really great moments in the story that remind us of what that first console or Commodore that turned up in our house was really like. (my babysitter had pong) What an homage to video games and early home computing. Thanks for the kicks! I would recommend.