...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.
They had me at Wil Wheaton. Seriously - what better way to tell the story of a near-future time where the world lives in online environment, co-developed by an enigmatic software rock star, than to have Wil Wheaton as the narrator?
I was told that RP1 drips with 80s references. They weren't kidding - there are few missed, and it's clear that Mr. Cline didn't just drop them in haphazardly. Every single instance, whether it be a video game, song or movie just seems to fit with the story.
A fantastic book. But if you are someone who really doesn't "get" the 80s, it's probably not going to be as good of a story for you. And that's too bad.
Couldn't stop listening. The author crafted a compelling story, with outstanding character development. The 80's pop culture was as much a charater in the story as the people. Wil Wheaton did a great job of bring the story to life.
Wil Weaton does a terrific job of reading this book. The story is fast-paced and engaging. I found it to be a great book to run to, and often extended my run to keep listening. At times, the lists of '80s references were a bit much, but still fun for anyone born in the late '60s or early '70s. Excellent story telling and fun characters. If you like sci-fi, the 80s, or adventure stories in the young-adult-style genre, you'll like this one. If you grew up playing atari or visiting arcades, you'll really like it.
Hey there! I am a Fantasy/Sci-Fi nut. I also enjoy a good zombie novel or thriller now and then. My likes tend towards Young adult novels as I find most of the "adult" Fantasy novels to be uppity for lack of a better word. Follow me if you like the same as I intend to go back and review every book I had listened to on this site and will keep doing so.
I listen to about 2 full audio books a week. I am very picky and usually get a good read, however I always do something else while I listen. This book had me hooked so hard that for the last 2 hours I simply put my laptop down and listened.
Wil Wheaton does an amazing job of bringing each person to life, he does not over act as is sometimes the case these days, however nor does he read with the monotone that is sadly common place these days.
The real meat however is the story, to sum it up very short and sweet the world is crashing and most people live in Virtual reality. The maker left a way for someone to earn total control of this reality as well as his vast wealth after he died. The book centers around a group of people and their chase for this reward.
What really makes this book so great is the fact that you truly fall in love and in hate with the right people. If you like the 80's, video games, nerds, or even a love story this book is for you. I honestly cant imagine anyone not liking it unless you simply cant stand computers.
I tried to put into words how great this book was but the only way you will understand is by giving it a listen yourself. I hope you have as wonderful of a ride as I did. I only wish there was more!
Downloaded this for my vacation. I'm a long time Star Trek fan so reading a book narrated by Ensign Crusher was very intriguing. I'm totally hooked.
The story is as engrossing as a great video game. The story line increases in difficulty and complexity until you're sure poor Wade, well, poor Wade.
The 80's references are too much fun and given the popularity of the Internet, it's not hard to imagine the world of Wade and Halliday coming to fruition.
Will Wheaton rocks as a narrator. Amazing.
This is my guilty pleasure that elevates the most mundane task like grocery shopping and bathroom cleaning. Enjoy!
One of my favorite audio books so far on the site. I would recommend this to anyone who loves the 80s and video games. It is an epic journey that should not be missed.