Very original story. I was completely pulled in, and I have NO video game experience what so ever. I did like the 80's references, though. This was a great story, great characters and so many wonderful references. If I had read it, instead of listened to it, I'd say it was a page turner.
Hand down this is the best book of the year for me! What a story! This is going to make an AMAZING movie and I really hope someone good does it! Anyone who grew up during the 1980s would totally get this book and I believe enjoy it! I am envious of anyone reading this for the first time.
If you grew up in the '80s this book is a MUST!!! The TV/cartoon, music, movies, video/role-playing games, fashion, etc. references will really bring back the memories! Wil Wheaton did a great job narrating and the story is very entertaining. Definitely an adventure and you'll find yourself connecting with the characters quickly. I HIGHLY recommend and I'll be listening to it again:-)
What a great book! Loved the story, and loved Wil Wheaton's narration. As a child of the 80's, I loved all of the pop culture references, especially since I loved video games and the movies of times. All of the trivia throughout that wrapped around the plot was so much fun. The game elements were so well done, and the drama throughout made this an excellent read/listen. I highly recommend this one; it's instantly made it's way into one of my favorite books.
Best story I have listened to for a while. Obviously, if you lived through the 80s and if you have played/loved video games then you will be biased towards this book. But there is also solid science fiction and story here. The characters development is really interesting particularly since you learn about them through their avatars. I was sad to see the story end.
I highly recommend this book.
I took a chance on this book because of a recommendation on TWiT and because I had already purchased Agent to the Stars, also done by Wil Wheaton. I am SOOO GLAD that I did.
I simply could not put my iPhone down after the first hour or so. If you love MMOs, Comics, classic arcade games, or the 80s get this book now. Also Wil Wheaton brings the story to life like a movie in your brain, his tone, his emphasis, his brilliance ... it's been a week since I finished and I'm still running it back through my head.
BRAVO Ernest Cline for an amazing story, and BRAVO Wil Wheaton for a performance that only left me wanting more.
I wasn't sure about this book when I read the summary, but I am glad I took a chance. Cline cleverly weaves tons of 80s pop culture into a compelling futuristic story with great characters. If you didnt care for the 80s, you might not like it. I simply couldn't stop listening to it!
This was a great story with a different twist. The characters were very well written and hung together throughout the book. Wil Wheaton is great at narrating and I'd have to add him to my list of narrators who would sway me towards purchasing a book. The characters were so well developed that I immediately missed them as soon as the story was over and that doesn't happen a lot.
I really need to start proof reading my Reviews before I post them.
The story taps into today's frustrations with the economical bleak out looks, with a look toward technology bringing us closer together/farther apart, while looking back to the 1980s with fondness. It was a fun story, with some heroic moments, and spaceships.
I loved this book...there are so many layers to the story that it was fulfilling on many different levels...yes, it has a ton of '80's references, but you didn't need to live in that era to really get the story under your skin. There is also a lot of geek/nerd stuff as well, but again, the reader doesn't need to be one to appreciate the story. At the heart of it all it is about how we all are insecure on some level and how modern technology allows each of us to "filter" those insecurities, bringing out what we feel we should be like...and how ultimately we are all the sum of our parts...oh man, it is really about so much more than that - you have an excellent love story, a very intense mystery, murder, mayhem, cats and dogs living together...ok, not that last one...just quit reading this and listen already!