Anyone born between 1970 and 1980 who enjoyed living during the 80's will REALLY like this book. It is definitely a 'geek's tale' but there are so many references that it will cause spontaneous recall of many things from your childhood.
I have never read another book like this...it is that unique.
I would say Wade is by far the most compelling character in the book. I was able to identify with him from his gaming addiction to his shyness
If I could have, I would have listented to it beginning to end and done nothing else. That would have been a very
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Every 80's reference mentioned hit home with me. I was one of the guys that started into personal computers back in 1980 when I owned early game consoles, TRS-80 computers, Apple Computers, and even built a few at the component level (anyone remember the ZX-1 or Heath Kit computers? I wrote a few video games back in the day. So, personally, I loved this book.
Even if you weren't part of the 80's computer and video game crowd, the references to the 80's movies and music may hit home. Or if you are younger and a gamer this book should also be enjoyable especially if you are familiar with some of the classic video games that started it all. The virtual world itself is full of RPG similarities that should be fun for gamers of all ages.
Wil Wheaton, the narrator, did an excellent job making it easy to listen to. The only reason I didn't give this five stars is that for the general public (people that weren't 80's computer geeks or gamers) this may not be as enjoyable and might be a little cheesy. But like I said, since I was fully emersed in all things computer in the 80s this book was a blast!
An excellent story; wish fulfillment at its best for all of us geeky-gamer types. Sweet, well written, and full of all kinds of character quirks and conventions that we all identify with as geeks and online gamers. Plus, Wil Wheaton is always a winner at narration =)
In a world where every other book is about vampires, werewolves, zombies, or sword and sandals stuff, this book is refreshingly original. At the same time though, it's packed with familiar settings. It tips its cap to the best of the geek and guilty pleasure genres. If you're into gaming, sci-fi, scavenger hunts, or the 1980's, you should pick this up. It's literary comfort food that makes you want to go back to your old favorite games, books, movies and music and re-discover why they were your favorites in the first place.
It's a novel about a guy playing the world's most popular virtual reality game that happens upon one of the clues for a scavenger hunt hidden within the game. The scavenger hunt or quest was hidden within the massive VR game by the games creator, one of the world's wealthiest men, just prior to his death. The winner of the scavenger hunt wins not only the creator's personal fortune, but also ownership of the game itself. The clues are from the creator's favorite things, which center mainly around the various aspects of 80's pop culture.
Geek-tripping aside, the story itself is compelling. Whether the pop culture references bore you or not, you will start to care for the characters and the problems they face. And even though this appears to be the author's first book, the narrative is engaging and entertaining in ways that defy his apparent inexperience. While the overall arc isn't all that complex or surprising (there were only a few times where i was caught off guard by the story), it's still a fun ride. In a way it's core concepts reminded me of the original Star Wars. The interesting hook of the plot, engaging characters, and a simple yet full story that made you almost sad when you reached the end because it was just so fun.
If you were ever a geek, nerd, or goober in the 70s - 80s, you should check it out. You won't regret it.
And to the gentleman who felt like the overall ratings were too high on this book: you have a right to your opinion, but as you can see from looking at the other reviews, your dislike for the book and the narrator are in a distinct minority.
Page turner, suspenseful
original, unique idea
his voice is perfect for the story. great expression and fits the narration of a teenage boy
loved it and bought it for some friends
perfect for dystopian and 80s lovers
...but I loved this story!!!, couldn't put it down and when I got to the last few hours savored every minute. And it's not because I played D&D or nearly ANY of the video game. It's simply a really good adventure story, while not "great literature" it is as enjoyable and anything I've read in years. Just take it for what it is and enjoy the underdog vs bully ride. There are a few twists and turns in the story, like when the characters meet in the real world, but that's not really the point. More like a video game, the characters pass a series of quests and accomplishments, competing against the bad guy who has stacked the deck, while mixing and matching 80's nostalgia like Firefly's ship, Han Solo's blasters and Max Headroom. It's just a really fun story (...espeicially for a 35 to 45 year old male...) and I think Will Wheaton is fantastic. I've since listened to him in Fuzzy Nation and Android's Dream and think he's great. Fuzzy Nation is also very good.
I've listened halfway though and so far it's been a great novel, brings back a lot of memories. I'll admit that Wheaton's narration is plodding but there's a solution. I hit the 2x speed button on my iPhone and it improved the narration 100 percent. Not kidding, can't even go back to normal speed which seems so slow.
So do yourself a favor on this one, put it in hyperdrive.
This is one of those great audio books that keeps you listening when you should be communicating with the outside world, kind of like the Oasis itself. An original and fast paced tale, it had me thinking back to the eighties with fond nostalgia. Cline has created interesting characters to cheer for and boo. I hope he is working on his next novel, because I can't wait to read it!
For anyone who enjoys Science Fiction, this book is amazing. Enticed me in immediately, and I couldn't put it down. Usually it takes me a few weeks to read a book while driving, but I got through this one in three days.