I am not really great with reviews since I like everything and suspend reality quickly but I do it anyways. Umpire and classic books yay
First, this is a fun read. For anyone who spent any time in the 80's, this is a trip down memory lane. This is all the good parts of the 80's, rolled up, smushed together, and sugar coated like Fruit Island Cereal. Geek culture abounds in this ode to the beginning of geek pop culture.
Secondly, this is a cautionary tale. How much time does the average person spend on facebook, glued to their phone, playing on a computer, or hooked in to some electronic somewhere? To be able to escape into a social experience where our minds can go wild and our inhibitions are gone would be many people's dream life. This dream life, according to Cline, has consequences. The consequences are all too real and all too close.
Wil Wheaton does a great job narrating this book. I would definitely vote for that old geezer for any office he's running for.
I listened to this based off a friend's recommendation. The story is well written. The author goes into good detail without being boring and plot holes are pretty much nonexistent. The characters are well developed, relatable, and likeable, but the overall subject matter isn't for everyone.
This guy is an ultra nerd, especially when it comes to the 80s and RPG video games. I cringe every time he mentions leveling up his avatar or some other ultra nerdy RPG reference. I just can't get into that no matter how well written the story may be.
Probably, depending on the friend. The book takes place in a game world that is utterly obsessed with 80s pop culture. Cline lays on the period references fast and thick from chapter one all the way until the end. While usually amusing, this does get tiresome if (like me) you don't share Cline's love for the decade. Most of the references to 80s pop culture went over my head, but the references to video game culture and nerddom in general found their desired mark. Cline's virtual reality world is superbly imagined and is a thoroughly engrossing setting for adventure. The Oasis is the ultimate dream game and hooked me instantly. This book is written expecting you to love the 80s and videogames. If you have an appreciation of at least one of those things then you will have an enjoyable experience. If you have an appreciation of neither, then you'll be missing the heart of the book.
Parzival's best friend Aech (read: "H") was the most fun and had the least amount of angst (a characteristic sometimes over-present in Parzival and Art3mis). An honorable mention goes to Ogden Morrow for his awesome birthday party scene.
The fact that Wil Wheaton is himself a piece of nerd and 80s trivia makes him the perfect narrator (in fact, he even has a tiny cameo in the book). I found his reading style to be very clear and easy to understand and I never had to rewind to catch a missed word or phrase. After a couple of hours the limitations of his inflection and expression became apparent, possibly coincident with Cline's similarly limited range in writing, but I still consider Wheaton a good choice for this book.
I listened in 20-30 minute chunks during my commute, and frequently wanted to continue listening. The story moves at a good clip and maintains an infectious sense of urgency.
It's difficult to define Ready Player One. On one hand, it's not a particularly good book - relying heavily on targeted pop-culture references to prop up intermittently juvenile writing. On the other hand, it's a great book - imagining a creative and exciting world into which Cline spins a classic, thrilling adventure yarn. While I see Ready Player One's flaws, I still had a great with it.
This book is a solid read. It kept me interested and had some good action and suspense. If you like the 80s and video gaming, then this is a must read. You'll enjoy it.
It has been a long tine since I have been able to fully immerse myself in a book. Let alone an audiobook. If you like all things geeky this is definitely worth a listen if not 2 or 3. Thank You Ernest Cline and Wil Wheaton.The story of Wade Watts savior of the oasis will stay with me a long time.