I am going to have to list this book as one of my favorites and will definitely be reading/listening again!! It took me about 2 seconds to get into the book and about 2 weeks to get over it. You know when you've really connected to a book when you actually miss the characters. Though a bit predictable, Cline has written a story that was well thought out and very innovative. Wil Wheaton does a great job of taking the words off of the page and creating a great listening experience.
I loved this book, I love all the coin op video game references. Listening to Will Wheaton reference himself in the third person is funny. The story moves along and keeps you engaged.
This book had so many references to the 80's worked in, but did not seem forced. A great story and a geek's paradise. Hope they don't screw up the movie.
A fun and nostalgic take on the future which will bring back lots of memories for those who were kids in the 80's. Characters are fun and well thought out. The plot is fast movimg with each chapter leaves you on edge for the next. Wheaton is also great as the narrator. Possibly the best impulse book buy i have yet made. Nice recommendation from the Audible editors picks!
I was surprised that I enjoyed this as I am older then the gamer-playing generation. It was very entertaining and well worth the listen. It was a classic tale of good over evil; boy meets girl; cleverness over money. Well done.
I don't know what Ernest Cline was on when he wrote this, but I want some. The way he weaved his characters in with the conflict was spot on, and the way the all interacted with one another was terrific. I don't know if this is Cline's debut novel, but if it is, what a digital whirlwind he was able to pull. The world he created is unlike any I've ever seen or thought of. He combines massive amounts of '80s beauty into the story and interlaces it with fantasy and gaming to cast a solid tale with great conflict, friendship and fun. Wil Wheaton was perfect for this. If you love fantasy, games, and futuristic worlds, you need to take a shot at this book. It's a gem.
I am a professional game designer and have been so since high school in the mid-80's. That being said just to show you what angle I am reading the book from. There were a few points in the book that annoyed me. Putting up a magic wall or force field would be a PvP action and wouldn't be allowed in a non-PvP zone. You wouldn't build 1000's of schools, you would instance them. Things like that. But, if those things mean nothing to you or you are able to get over those types of things; this is a pretty enjoyable book. I liked it a lot, especially all the 80's nostalgia.
Wil Wheaton's narration is pretty solid and fits the main character well.
If you like video games, 80's geekdom, and may happen to have the AD&D module "S1: Tomb of Horrors" on your shelf (as I do), you should read (listen) to this book.
The story: phenomenal, compelling and exactly what I wanted. I bought the book without even reading the summary. Came away feeling even better about the purchase. The scenes, virtual many, were so incredibly vivid I had trouble putting it down. Wil Wheaton does a great job putting the listener in the right place, and for a book entirely in the first person, who better to be the voice of the 80s.
I found the biggest problem with this book was that the descriptions were so good that I would visualize what was happening in the book and get lost in the story, forgetting that I needed to pay more attention to my driving. I'm of the (ahem) older generation, but having lived through the 80's with our two sons, I found the references to the games, movies, and computer evolution of that decade to be fascinating, as well as nostalgic. The story moves along at a good pace. There's just the right amount of romance and suspense. And the reader is terrific.
This was a joy to listen to. Regretted getting to work and having to turn it off but it made the end of the work day even better. Wil Wheaton really brought the characters to life. I'd give it 6 stars if I could. Brought me back to playing D&D, arcade games, and being in HS in the 80's.
Get this book an write a review. Great pace, funny, romantic.
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