I was skeptical but I am so glad I have this book a try!! Very entertaining. And Whill Wheeton did a pretty good job narrating.
Thanks for the adventure.
I was drawn to this book by two things; the amazing reviews and the news that it will be the next Steven Spielberg project. I was very glad I invested the token and the time in this one, as It turned out to be one of the more unique, original, and fun audiobooks I've listened to.
The hordes of 80's obscure video game, music, movie, cartoon, and TV references made me smile throughout. I was intrigued by the whole notion of the "Oasis" and can see how the fully immersive online world could easily become a reality, or at least how a society (not too far removed from ours) could fully surrender themselves to a world like that.
The outcome was a story that felt both retro and sci-fi, which I thought was a very cool result.
Now, I honestly can't see how this can be adapted into a movie without making huge alterations to the story. This will undoubtedly upset those of us who really enjoyed the book, and probably result in a very different story with similar ideas and plot points. That said, I look forward to seeing it when it comes out, but I mostly look forward to listening to it again. Highly recommended!
I was very impressed by Wil Wheaton's reading of Redshirts so when I heard about this book and that he was the narrator, I had to give it a listen. His speaking voice is so pleasant and easy to listen to and he does the voices awesomely.
So, if you like Wil Wheaton, getting this book is worth it just for the narration.
As for the actual book itself, it is a masterpiece of everything nerd, geek, gamer and 80's. I was born in the middle of the 80's so I understood most of the references (although, I admit, I haven't played any of the games in this book or seen about half of the movies references, but I know of them).
P.S. I totally called the significance of the quarter.
I'm a middle school teacher from Southern California who enjoys listening to books while working in the garage and in the yard.
This is an amazing story! The characters are well defined and the story moves along very well.
- swear words throughout.
- an explanation of make masturbation and a suggestion of female masturbation
- main character is explicitly atheist
- sexual identity covered in the end.
I know this won't affect many listeners but I just thought people should know what they are buying. These topics lead to great conversations with me son.
Final note, amazing tech in story I wish were real. Enjoy the read!
Maybe it was the online hype but I was disappointed. The plot line was cliché and the writing left something to be desired. In particular, key elements of the plot used to resolve complex issues were overly simplified and conveniently showed up in the authors world only when the time arrived for issue to be resolved with no mention of that part of the world before hand. The plot was also heavily segmented and the protagonist furthered only one element of the plot at a time, spending chapters and chapters on the the overarching plot before switching gears entirely and spending time only on the romance or friendships. It did not flow well. 10 cent read.
I didn't realize how much I would identify with elements of this novel, considering that I merely claim to be well versed in gaming when around people that aren't. I also felt very compelled to recommend this to my students that I saw in many of the characters. This altered me as a man. I am moved.
This tale is amazingly epic and greatly complimented by the narration of Wil Wheaton. Chapter by chapter I was delighted by memories of my childhood and young adult life echoed in the games, movies and music Cline expertly weaves into his novel. This is why I love science fiction!!
Incredible read for geeks or gamers or 80's nostalgia buffs...or just those that love a well constructed story... but if you happen to fit with all of those you can't miss it. Wheaton does an excellent job narrating it; despite not actually "doing voices" (e.g. like Jim Dale) he still manages to convey the uniqueness of individual characters, and in a first person narration like this that was the best approach anyway.
One of those rare audio books that keeps you sitting in the car listening long after you should have gone into your house.. highly recommended.