This is an incredible book for those who grew up in the 80s and 90s. The amount of pop culture references per minute are astounding, and even I had to look up a few of them. Bravo Mr. Cline, Bravo. Finally Wil Wheaton's ready is REALLY good.
I bought this book on a whim while browsing for books read by Wil Wheaton. Oh my goodness this is an excellent book. I have already listened to it twice through, and I went out and purchased the actual hardback book. I knew about 30 minutes into the story that I was going to love it, and suggested it to a geek culture discussion group I help run. Ernest Cline is simply an amazing story teller, and Wil Wheaton is the absolute perfect voice for this story. I love how meta it gets, like when Wil Wheaton reads the part about the main character voting for Wil Wheaton in the election. I give this 3 thumbs up!
I have been an audible listener for many years. This book is in my top 5. The story starts out and captivates from the very begining. Also the narrarator is excellent. I highly recommend this book.
I listened to this book non-stop for two days - it was an 80's geekathon and I loved it. Sure, the love story was a little hokey and a few of the 'twists' predictable but the references to John Hughes movies and stand up arcade games took right back to jr high and all the cultural references that we all loved from back in the day. The protagonist was heroic but still relateable and the narration was really good. I especially got a kick out of the references to Wil Weaton in the book... as read by Wil Wheaton. Fun, easy and highly enjoyable read/listen.
Growing up in the late 70's and 80's gave extra depth to this amazing book. Mr. Wheaton is perfect in this role as narrator and the book is a must have. I enjoyed the book so much it inspired me to dust off the Atari console.
Great book. Hooked me from the beginning. The new world is delivered in great detail as needed. The thrill of the hunt never lets up. It's a fun and exciting brain teaser. Loved it from begining to end! Can you figure out the clues before they do?
I couldn't stop listening! I am already thinking about listening to the whole thing again. The story was entertaining, compelling, and most of all, fun. Many times I laughed out loud and said "I remember that!". Was there a fair amount of "cheese"? Absolutely there was! And I loved every cheese-filled minute of it! As a child of the '80s, I have to say, this book really hit home. Bravo!
This was not my usual genre of book. I guess you would call this near future Sci-Fi. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. At times sitting in my car to finish a chapter. A great combination of plot, fun characters and well paced action. Would highly recommend. Looking forward to his next book.
I got this title based on the 80s context alone.. not a gamer or a fantasy addict, even if I have an appreciation for those things. I don't even think of myself as nostalgic. Ever. But this book totally grabbed me, and even if I was a little nervous about the fatalism and depressing backdrop.. I am now at the very end and I so don't want it to stop! Loved this book and found myself getting out the buds to listen to it while doing dishes and other non-driving activities (a first for me:). Ok yes, I am an 80s girl.. but the story is just so original. Really great job on the writing, editing and narrating. Seemingly minor details.. Rush songs or specific video games.. brought me right back to my childhood. There were just a couple of mispronunciations that I'm not sure were part of the story or not.. but they distracted the crap out of me (poseur, for example, is not spoken in the French sense when we're talking about 80s "posers"). Otherwise I think the narrator added so much to the story that I can't imagine (as with Tina and Bossypants) having to read this in print. It's that good.
To sum it up in one line: Ready Player One is a book filled with 80's video game, movie, and music references mixed in with future possible technology for a book that all geeks will love.
Now, for my more in depth review.
Ready Player One features a main character that starts out living in a trailer park. However, in the future depicted in this book, trailer parks are no longer just rows of trailers. They are stacks of trailers, sometimes as many as 20 high. In this future, real estate around major cities has became far too valuable for single trailers to take up the amount of space they do. As typical in a most stories that feature a kid in a trailer park, his home life is crap. He finds his only solice inside a video game virtual reality simulation called The OASIS.
In the future depicted in this book, The OASIS has basically taken over the world. It has created a currency that is more stable than the US Dollar and most other foreign currencies as well. It has also created jobs that wouldn't exist otherwise. With the downfall of human civilization imminent, The OASIS is basically the only thing keeping the world from utter chaos. It is free to access and only costs 25 cents (like all original arcade games) to join.
As the book progresses, we learn that the lead programmer and co-founder of the OASIS, James Haliday, has died and in his will, he created a game within the OASIS. The winner of this game will gain control of the OASIS as well as inherit Haliday's fortune worth billions of dollars. As with most video games, especially the earlier made ones in the 70s and 80s, there are easter eggs. These are things within the game that the original programmer makes without anyone else's knowledge and hides within the game's code. Whoever can find Haliday's easter egg will win the game.