Easily one of the best books I have read all year. Wil Wheaton is excellent as the reader - he really brought the main character to life. His voice was perfect for this.
I would classify it as a bit of The Hunger Games and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A virtual cyber race to inherit the big corporation with lots of 80s trivia, solving clues, and classic computer/video games, all while trying to stay alive in a depressing future.
Really enjoyed it.
I read this book first, then downloaded the audiobook and listened to it. It's an enthralling story that moves at just the right speed and has a really great plot.
I think Aech was my favorite character.
Let the hunt begin!
I really enjoyed the pace and content of this story. I hope that Mr. Cline is already working on another book or ten - I will buy them sight unseen!
Yes, and I have twice now. I think I will start it again soon.
I like everything the best. I grew up in the 80s and this book spoke to the foundation of everything that made me happy when I was a kid. I want to get in to the Oasis.
He is referenced in the book a few times and it has this like, meta joy when the real Wheaton reads about the Wheaton who is a political figure in the Oasis. It seems like Will is hanging out in my living room, reading the book out loud. I love it. So much geek cred.
It's the near future, the world has gone to hell in a handbasket, and the best place to escape it all is the OASIS, a virtual world that is so well rendered, it's nearly real. When Robert Halladay, the creator of the OASIS and 1980's afficienado dies, he posthumously mails an invitation to ever user of the OASIS to find an easter egg that he has hidden within the OASIS itself. First person to find it wins control of the OASIS and Halladay's fortune.
This is the story of Wade Watts, an orphaned teenager, who decides like many others to start searching for the egg. Each step in the journey is deeply steeped in the history and culture of the 1980s, which is when Halladay grew up. Luckily, Wade (known by his avatar's name Parzival through most of the story) has spent all of his childhood boning up on the 1980s and memorizing just about every movie, every TV show, and how to win every video game, so he's ready to meet the challenge.
The book was entertaining and I enjoyed the chase. After awhile, though, I got tired of all the 1980s references. It's a good schtick, but too much of anything eventually becomes too much period, and that's how I started to feel about the 1980s here.
Wil Wheaton does a really nice job as the narrator, with a nod of the head to his Star Trek days in the 1980s.
Not my favorite book, but it's a good listen.
I'm not a big sci fi fan but this book was very gripping and a lot of fun to read so I wound up not wanting to turn it off! Wil Wheaton does a great job narrating and he makes the characters sound sincere so you feel really immersed in the book. Interesting story and great telling, you won't want it to end!
Yes I would because the combination of a great story tightly woven into a wonderfully crafted universe and Wil Wheaton's narration makes it not just an audiobook but makes you feel like you're really there.
That it actually made my jaw drop a few times. I really didn't see everything coming from miles away, which is so refreshing in this age of cookie-cutter stories.
Basically the whole thing. I especially loved when I was into the story and something happened that would make me think
This book was so good I get the feeling that I will not come across any other audiobook that compares to this in a long long time.
Good Fun Read.
I would definitely be willing to try another book by Ernest Cline although I think the reasons I liked Ready Player One may lose their novelty if used again. It was more the setting than the story that brought this book to life for me. If it had not been set in the world of my child hood I am not sure I would have enjoyed it so much.The story itself was a little predictable and cliche.
Of course hearing this book read by Wil Wheaton, whose work I also enjoy immensely, it brought an extra special link to the world of Ready Player One.
I have been telling many people about this book. It is definitely the best geek book of the year if not ever.
Characters, action, drama.
Wil Wheaton performs each character well. His portrayal of each character had a unique voice and style that matched their personality.
There are some beautiful scenes that made me tear up. I laughed a lot at situational things, but I don't think I ever laughed at the characters, though I did find them very humorous.
I was skeptical when I got this book. I was afraid it would be charming but corny, like Cline's Fanboys. But I loved this book. The characters were believable (though I found some a little corny at times, it all makes sense at the end). The level of description was ideal. The dramatic tension kept me hooked, and everything heated up. I felt the direness of the situation. The biggest concern I would have for you would be the level of 80's and nerdy references. I'm not too versed in 80's pop culture, so I didn't get all of the references, and it didn't bother me. I my opinion, it all works for the plot very well.
I've been an Audible member for many years and have listened to hundreds of books, and this is definitely one of my favorites. It was one of the few that made me look forward to my commute just so I could find out what would happen next. I'm sure that's partly due to the fact that I was a kid in the 80s and I'm somewhat of a geek today. So this was the perfect fit for me. The references to 80s pop culture had me repeatedly saying, "Hey, I remember that!" or guessing ahead if I knew an answer to one of the clues. The storyline moves along well, the characters are well-developed and I think Wil Wheaton was the perfect choice for narrator. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for something entertaining. I'm sure I'll be listening to it again before long, and I think it will be just as enjoyable the second time through.
Wade, the hero of the story, is a believable high school senior. The virtual world in which he
Wil Wheaton is the perfect narrator. He brings both the science fiction cred and high school young man to life in his reading.
I loved how Wade combined vehicles from the pop culture 1980s - Kit from KnightRider, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the oscillation overthruster from Buckaroo Banzai, and of course the GhostBusters mobile. to make his virtual reality car.
Warning for parents: While my 13 year-old-boy did like this book very much, sensitive parents should be aware that there are occasional obscenities in this book, just as there are in most high schools.