A Christian, Husband, & Geek - in that order!!
This is a great book that really brings back the 80's. If you were not there you will get a little of that "culture." The over all story was good but not great, but well above the average as a whole as books or audio books are concerned.
it was really good - but I almost never listen again to nonfiction
gotta say - the narrator!
the youthful exuberance inherent in the writing
definitely - but life does tend to get in the way
if the other 3000 reviews haven't gotten you to get this book yet, nothing I can say will tip the scale - too bad, it was very nicely done.
Completely. Geektastically. Awesome
Parcival of course. Hero. Fighter. Lover. Nerd. Who couldn't love this guy- like Poindexter as a pit-bull with more brains.
No, but after this one I plan too!
Listen and enjoy people!
All geeks born in the 1970's MUST read this book. It moves right along and covers all the best of the 80's geek culture.
Everything about this title is terrific--the near-future sci-fi setting, the abundant 80's nostalgia, the lone rebel vs. ruthless corporation plot line, the spirited reading by "Wesley Crusher" himself. Definitely one not to be missed.
Wil Wheaton is great. It's obvious from his reading that he is enjoying the story as much as we are, and that he "gets" all the 80's pop culture and nerd references. Indeed, he himself was such a part of that scene that he is referred to at one point in the story. Perfect reader for this book.
Yes and no. Yes, because it's such fun, and no, because you want it to last.
If I were the type to go through a book more than once, then yes, I probably would. The book did leave me wanting to keep listening, sometimes sitting in the car longer than necessary to keep listening until the end of the chapter.
I really enjoyed seeing the plot trio bring down IOI come to fruition. That was not at all expected, and one of the few truly suspenseful parts of the story.
Average, uninvolved, fitting. I know, odd choice of three words, and definitely in poor order, but let me explain. Average - that's obvious. There was nothing special about his reading, but he didn't suck either. Fitting - I remember Wheaton as many my age do... From his role in Star Trek: TNG. This made him a good choice to read a book about a game that forces people to relive the 80's. Uninvolved - this is my negative about Wheaton. He didn't seem to immerse himself in the story. There were parts that could have used more emotion, and it just wasn't there.
I laughed at a couple parts of the book, but the larger emotion was excitement to see what was next.
being someone who grew up in the 80's and was a geek, i loved this book! and the narration was really great!
I am a Chef and have two boys. I also have 2 accounts.
GREAT LISTEN. A DIFFERENT KIND OF BOOK, BUT WORTH THE TIME SPENT LISTENING TO IT. KEPT MY INTEREST GOING.
If you were a teen in the 80's, a must read.
The Laptop pass phrase - Last Star Fighter reference
Ready Player One is a wonderful ride. Cline takes the internet and gaming and melds them together in a description of one possible digital future. The Oasis could live in our contemporary world, or in the bleak plausible dystopia he creates. Cline constructs a treasure hunt through the culture of a generation.
Whether intentional or not he reminds us how important it is to celebrate the generations which came before, to understand where we are now. For the youngest readers it is a tour of their parent's youth, and also a bridge to their own experience. They perfectly understand online gaming and the digital social experience, which will act as a time traveling Delorean to games, films, music, TV of the late 70's and early 80's
The characters are relatable and enough of a shell to throw yourself or your loved ones into.
Some of the references are slightly before my time, although it is not necessary to get them all to enjoy this book. If you are born in the 80's like I was you will still relate strongly with the cultural references and attitudes of the characters with just a hint of the nostalgia missing compared to someone who was a child or teenager throughout the 80's. I can imagine that a child born after '89 may feel differently, the references would be more cultural history than nostalgic memory.
This is very much a book written and performed by us for us. In the hands of another reader, this book wouldn't sound genuine, but Wil Wheaton understands every word on the page, every reference and every attitude, and conveys it to the listener perfectly. Every 80's movie archetype has the proper voice, from the shy, finding his place young lead; the cocky best pal; the out of his league girl of his dreams; the cunning, cruel, powerful, yet cheesy villain. Although real in the context of the book, his demeanor reminds me of the type of antagonist that could easily be defeated with a swift punch in the face or a call to the police, if not for the fact that he resides in a children's movie ala 3 ninjas or the wizard. This is a +1.
Wil's understanding of the voices of the time and that of the author make this audio book shine. Cline presents a digital world we all wish we could spend some time in; he celebrates and shares the culture of his generation. A must read for anyone of the generation, any fan of video games or popular culture. I think this would be perfect to read to your kid, a wonderful shared experience. Pick this up now!! <>