This book will be interesting for science fiction lovers. This book is good for buddy adventure lovers. This book is good for history (1980's) lovers. And if you like all those combined then you will really like Ready Player One. It is not the finest literary work out there, but Cline does an admirable job of weaving a relatively believable sci-fi adventure in the not so distant future. So in about 20 years the energy crisis has transformed the landscape into an actual wasteland. City dwellers are doing poorly and those further out are doing worse. There aren't a lot of jobs. The virtual world is the most popular form of entertainment. Part Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, part Harry Potter, a group of youths find their way through classic 1980's pop culture on a quest for the virtual world prize. The reader is very energetic and does a good job of distinguishing an ever-growing cast of characters. I got the majority of references to the 1980's and chuckled at the paralells to tech icons like Jobs, Wozniak, Gates, Allen and more (if you want to read into it). Well done, fun and entertaining.
An eclectic reader, into pretty much everything but romance and mystery. Especially enjoy scifi, fantasy, and educational fare.
I have a commute, so normally when I get an audiobook, I try to conserve it and only listen to it when I am actually driving, running, or perhaps doing dishes. I could not put this book down and spent hours just lying on the couch listening, wanting to know what would happen next. I was born in 1980, so in many ways it's easy to feel that the book was written especially for me and my generation. The sheer nostalgia and overall geekery was a true joy to experience.
The story begins thirty years in the future with the death of James Halliday, an eccentric multi-billionaire programmer/inventor who built a worldwide, incredibly popular virtual reality system. In a Willy Wonka kind of way, he decides to pass his legacy on to a worthy successor selected by their ability to win a contest to find an "Easter egg", a secret item hidden deep within his game. Three keys will unlock three gates which will lead to the ultimate prize. He leaves clues based on pure nostalgia for the 1970s and 1980s, rooted in media ranging from film to music to (of course) video games. He doesn't factor in an evil corporate conglomerate that will stop at nothing to claim the prize. But of course, there can be only one. Enter in to this tableau Wade Watts, an ultra-nerd obssessed with finding the egg. The story picks up as, five years after Halliday's death, he finally finds the first key...
The book is very story-driven. The characters are solid, but the fun of the book is definitely the nature of the quest and all the hundreds of references. You find yourself sitting in the car, wanting to find out how this trial ends, or where the next clue is found. I had many laugh out loud moments from all the fond memories dredged up from my childhood and made to work with the story. I'm only saddened that the book is now over, and while there are some stray threads left in the narrative, I'm not sure a sequel would work. However, if "Ready Player Two" was ever written, I would definitely give it a whirl.
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
I have been wondering abot this book for a while now, but the title didn't attract my attention. I highly recommend this book, it is very entertaining and I highly recommend it. I litterally could not stop listening once I started it.
This book was a great 80's throw back, with lots of retro 80's humor. While this book isn't for everyone, anyone who was a greek in the 1980's will enjoy the humor, adventure and writing style of this book.
An enjoyable yarn that is pretty much "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" meets "Back to the Future" for 80's geeks. Many "laugh out loud" moments brought on by references to 80s trivia that you thought you had forgotten. Wheaton's performance added much to the story, including reading self references with a straight face (no doubt after a few cuts).
Not a book for everyone, but if you fit into the target audience it is an enjoyable ride.
I mostly enjoy audio books while in the car. They are a great way to pass the time spent behind the wheel. 99 percent of my titles are SF.
But I did! The premise is a bit lame and the story is not world shattering, but I found myself totally enveloped in it. I would think about the plot whilst going to sleep and I got involved in a way that transcends what should have been an ordinary story. I kept finding excuses to listen on. Wil's narration was not quite up to "Agent to the Stars", but once again, he does a very good job. I will continue to pick books that he has chosen to read aloud. I am not a gamer, but I did enjoy this listen.
I've read this book 11 times so far and it keeps getting better. I reccomend that everyone reads this book once. Anyone born between 1970 and 1980 should read it twice.
Semi retired CPA, Sarah's mom, corgi mom, avid traveler, political junkie, somewhere north of ATL
This is a great listen! I am a semi-retired, female, non-gamer. I took a chance on this and am so glad I did. I have listened to it virtually non-stop since I downloaded it.
The narrator does a wonderful job of keeping the suspense of the novel going and is a huge plus for this audible experience.
There is a good deal of reference to the 80s pop culture. Music, film, TV and gaming are all recalled.
Now I have to find another book to listen to on my Xmas drive. I couldn't wait to finish this one. But thanks to all the audible reviewers for suggesting this one. You guys never let me dowm
Merry Xmas in the real and virtual worlf!
LOL funny nostalgia
Enders game because the characters remind me of the Ender universe saga
The quest scenes
Laugh out loud funny at many points
Likely more enjoyable for those that remember the late 70s and 80s and can appreciate geek trivia as well as the early arcade games
I couldn't stop listening. Wil Wheaton's performance added to the story. Definitely a must for Audible listeners!