This book is incredible. I liked Reamde by Neil Stephenson, but THIS is what I was expecting that book to be. I am so glad I found it from reader comments.
There is really nothing I can add to all the other comments readers have posted on this book. I could NOT stop listening, but I dreaded the end because then it would be... well... over. And I DID NOT want it to be over. This is one I will listen to again and again.
Is this the best written story ever? No. But it is fun and interesting and speaks to my inner geek.
In a weird way this book reminds me, for one reason or the other of the outsiders. Maybe its the youthful rebellion as a main theme, I don't know. This book was written for adults, but it speaks to the teen in them, which is a hard spot to hit as an author.
Will is the poster child of who this book is for. He does a great reading and his narration was perfect for this book.
World of Warcraft + 1980s pop culture + necromancer = Ready Player One
Don't expect the next great American novel, but expect to have fun and enjoy it.
After listening to Enders Game series i needed something fun and interesting. This book was the perfect transition for me. I loved the virtual universe where you created your own avatar that allowed you access to virtual schools was genius. The virtual adventure was awesome Cline's reference to all the early 80's video games, music and TV shows was too cool for school. If you were a child of the 80's you need to read this book. Even if you were born after the 80's its still worth reading. Download this book pronto it's worth it!!!!
This book was a blast! I was quickly engaged and had tons of fun imagining the world(s) Cline created. I listen to audiobooks as I clean the house or in the car. I loved this book so much I had to "find" things to clean and "remember" errands to run. Five stars all the way for this one!!!
I've been an audible member since at least 2004 with a few hundred books in my library. But I haven't been listening to many books recently, and even considered whether to continue or not.
That was until I listened to Ready Player One, with Wil Wheaton as the narrator. This reading reminded me of the magic that happens when exactly the right reader handles a book. Wil was born to read this book. As a book based on 1980s geek culture, Wil (through his character on Star Trek: The Next Generation) was part of that geek culture. But since then, he has really embraced his inner geek. In fact, as he was reading this, I had to keep reminding myself that he was not simply doing his autobiography. He clearly has a feel for this world, and his intonation is spot on. I cannot imagine anyone doing this book the justice he does.
Beyond Wil's masterful reading, the book is a delight. The characters are perhaps not as 3 dimensional as one would want, but the world they live in is fully wrought, and a natural future for the world we live in. Part dystopia (the real world) and part utopia (the online world many choose to live in), the world is believable, scary and appealing, all at once.
So, sign me up for another year: I have refound my enthusiasm for the magic that happens when the right book meets the right reader.
There was nothing I didn't like about it. The story was awesome, characters were intriguing. I loved it!
The video games. The idea that real life has become so bleak that video games is what the whole world turns to.
Finding a good audiobook, one that glues you to your drivers seat while you have been sitting in your garage from the drive home for the last thirty minutes is hard to find. This is one of them.
If you grew up in the late 70s or early 80s and owned an Atari game console, or played Dungeons & Dragons, you will love this book. If you meet all of those criteria, this will be one of your favorite books of all time. Plot is not at all predictable, character development is robust, and action is nonstop. I couldn't put it down, and finished the book wanting more. There are lots of good novels, and a few truly great ones. Ready Player One is the latter.
If you're a geek, or if you grew up in the 80s, this book is really fun. If you're both (like me) then this book is a must "read". The story is fun, the message is cool. My only negative is that the message is a bit overt, but not so much as to be objectionable. Loved this book, and the reading was quite well done.
I haven't read the print version of this book but Wil Wheaton's narration lent it a modern relevant feel that you may miss if you just read it.
I'd make the comparison to Steve Job's bio in the sense that it is about an incredible innovator who changes the technical world with a real sense of pop culture savvy. It's like a fantasy version of what could happen if Jobs had died and left behind a scavenger hunt game for his fortune. It felt incredibly contemporary.
His youthful voice was a perfect fit for the tone and action in this story. His importance in geek culture is cemented when he actually reads a passage that mentions him. Smart stuff.
I love video games so it felt especially relevant to me on many levels. It engages the fantasy: What if video games mattered and impacted the real world. There was genuine suspense when characters were in peril even if it was just their avatar. An amazing juggling act.
Southern IT guy that is a christian and loves scifi. I hated all the reading in school, found out later in life that I love being read to.
I absolutely loved this story. It did get some mediocre reviews by the critics, but it wasn't written for them. If you love 80's nostalgia (TV, movies, music) and video games, you will love this book.
Daemon. It pretty much starts the same but goes in different directions.
He provided geek cred to the story.