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My favorite character was Wade Watts because I woo was an outcast and really didn't have many friends. Before there were geeks and nerds, I was one but didn't have a name for it.
I liked Wil Wheaton's voice and could hear his enthusiasm reading the story. I could tell he actually loved the book and was excited to read it.
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Ken Magerman Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction fan. Teacher, rockstar, medival gourmet, dungeon master, expert on secret Targaryens.
I think Cline did a great job of incorporating all the "Nerd cookies" I just think it got to the point where he leaned on it so much that it took away from a chance to write something new of his own. This part was tailor made for Wil Wheaton and he did wonderful with it.
Maybe. I definitely wouldn’t say I was blown away by this book. I enjoyed it. it was fun. It just often felt that for Scifi he was so caught up in the tropes and proving his nerd street cred that he sold what could have been an interesting and fresh Science Fiction world short to squeeze in a few more pop culture references. I just think he could have toned it back a bit and told me more about the world he created and the people in it.
I have not but this one was well done
Yes it was a fairly simple story. This was not James Joyce or anything.
For my main issue I had plenty of fun listening to the book and found it a worth while experience. Maybe the bad taste I had was because I saw such awesome potential in the concept that i feel fell a bit short.
Wil Wheaton did such an awesome job! This is my favorite audio book performance so far.
This books is SO good. I absolutely loved it.
I think the best plots come from simple questions you can discern from reading the book. Like 'Spin' obviously came from asking 'What if all the stars went out?' A great novel resulted.
This one obviously came from asking 'What if all the useless cultural crap we carry around in our heads was the most important information we could have?' A fantastic novel has resulted.
The performance is almost perfect, except for some cringe-worthy mis-pronunciations. Is it REALLY that hard to have someone outside the booth to listen for that?
An easy 5 stars for me.
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Wonderful exploration of virtual reality possibilities.
Wil delivered a smashing success, just as he did in Agent To the Stars, only this one was longer and better!
Dystopian gamer adventure.
Wil Wheaton! You couldn't have picked a better narrator for this story.
Amazing! I was gripped from the moment it stated, in part because I recognized the narrator. Wil Wheaton. Eureka, Big Bang Theory, Star Trek, Wil Wheaton. I was completely nerding out. I have no idea what Wade Watts looks like, because I had an eighteen year old Wil Wheaton in my head. Even though I grew up in the 90s and I'm not the gamer Ermisenda is, there were plenty of 80s references I knew. I didn't mind the random tangents that occurred when a reference had to be explained because the plot was well paced and full of action. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but there was one point when I gasped and thought, "s**t just got real." When billions of dollars at stake, people were not playing around. This was also the first time I've used the phrase, "wow, that kid has some balls."
Ready Player One was a mixed bag of everything, with elements of fantasy, adventure, romance, and murder mystery, all wrapped up in a YA sci-fi package. One of the best books I've ever read. It also had some very thought provoking themes, for example:
If you only know someone online, how well do you really know them? Are you only seeing what they want you to see, or are you seeing them for who they really are without the prejudices of knowing their ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation?
What would you do to win a billion dollars?
5 out of 5 stars.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, written in the first person, about a world that is somewhat futuristic and very depressing. The only escape is a virtual world that becomes reality in many ways in an otherwise dismal existence. The plot is not complex and is an easy listen, the characters not particularly complicated. However, it is a fascinating story narrated by one of my favorites, Wil Wheaton. I enjoyed it so much I actually listened to it twice, almost back to back.
The story is classic good against evil but it is done in a way that is very engaging. I enjoyed how the main character worked through some very difficult challenges, not only in his virtual world but also in his real world. Some language and a couple of adult portions that may not be appropriate for a child.
I heartily recommend this book, especially this narrated production.
Thank you Ernest Cline and Will Wheaton. I haven't picked up a book in over a decade and when I did its only because I had to because of some school requirements. But, a co-worker recommended that I listen to this book and it changed my life. It opened up a whole new world for me. This book was magical for me. Since listening to this book a year ago. I have just finished listening to my 21st book. Thats right the guy who hated to read and had not picked up a book in over 10 years listened to and read 21 books in one year. Its all because this was my first Audible book. If I would of listen to any other book first. I would not be sitten here writing this. It's like a high that I keep chasing. I keep listening to books trying to get the feeling that this one gave me. So, take my advice. If you grew up in the 80's its a must read. YOUR WELCOME
Best listen in years, without a doubt. If you grew up in the 80's, or have spent any time with 80's movies, games or music, this book is page after page of wonderful, unapologetic nostalgia and geekiness. It's also a very well written book, with a terrific story, characters who are more than just necessary roles to move the story forward, and a future dystopian world in which virtual reality has surpassed the real thing. Funny, touching, oddly wise, and an absolute delight. Best credit ever spent on Audible.
I believe the Audio version of the book is an excellent rendition, though I always prefer print form when I have the choice.
I found the story gripping, it never lagged. It was constant action that was easy to visualize.
Wil manages to give the characters emotion that may not come across from simply reading it.
I love the bit where Parzival is playing the Pac-Man game trying to beat the top score.
This is a fantastic story, especially if you grew up in the 80s. I can't wait to see what else Ernest Cline publishes.