I really enjoyed the book. Great concept and story and execution. a little slow in a few places but i would recommend the book to anyone that likes the 80, scifi and fantasy. It really satisfied and i learned a little to. And knowing is half the battle.
Overall, I liked the book. It was a fun story that moved along nicely. However, it reminded me a little of The DaVinci Code as a plot-focused rollicking adventure. That's what it is, and it does it well. It felt a little indulgent at times, to both the author and the target audience. I was born in 1978, and enjoy video games, so I fit pretty closely to the target audience, but I never wanted to immerse myself completely on that world, and that's where the book lost me a little. The main conceit (that one's obsession with video games could earn one a vast fortune while "saving" the world) was a much bigger "fantasy" than anything actually described in the books. I don't want to sound insensitive, but it seemed like a way to justify a person's obsession with the virtual world, even if the end did contain a message about that. That little niggle aside, it was a fun book.
Wil Wheaton is probably a great choice. However, while his slightly condescending tone probably fits that of a know-it-all computer geek talking to laymen, I found it a little off putting at times. That said, Wheaton is an actor and it shows here. He does a nice job overall with the delivery and is a fun choice for both his "geek cred" and the fact that he is actually mentioned by name a couple of times in the book.
Overall, this was a really fun choice, and I'm glad I got it.
Although I was born in 1990 and wouldn't get some of the reference's it still was a great adventure story and who doesn't love adventure. Ernest Cline does a great job at writing a unique story about an old subject (the 80's) and having it not be terribly cliché. This book is great for any age I let my 13y old cousin read it and he loved it.
This is a very well-written book with a fantastically pre-conceived plot in which the author CLEARLY spent a long time to develop. At this point, I am incredibly excited to hear that Steven Spielberg is coming back to his directorial role for this film in particular. If you are unsure whether or not you should read / listen to this book, just note that Steven Spielberg believes in it so much so that he is choosing to direct his first movie (this one) in a LONG time. Awesome and can't wait for it!
It was unique from what I've read before and totally immersed you in the story.
I think it could be complicated and difficult to convey the time frames and environments that were necessary in this story but the author did a perfect job in making it easy to follow and know exactly where and when the characters are.
This is my first listen to Wil Wheaton, I enjoyed it.
What if virtual reality could change the real world... but at a real cost.
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it.
Absolutely loved this book. I grew up in the 80's & 90's and all the music, movie, & television references were like a walk through memory lane.
Will most certainly listen to this again!