A treasure-hunt adventure with delusions of satiric adequacy, "Ready Player One" is clever enough to pull the listener through its 15 hours with only minor bouts of fatigue. There are lists, and this book is as much a love letter to Wikipedia as to the video game culture of the 1980s. But even its predictability can be forgiven when the author's wild swinging fists finally land on an observation truly telling, or a laugh-out-loud-worthy gag.
But behind the avatars, the five heroes are complex and engaging. The story is told with fondness not only for the games, but for the people who played them.
Wil Wheaton's narration is effective and his slight touch of "Oh Wow" enthusiasm fits the time and the mood.
I don't want to generalize Ms. Munn's fresh and original perspective as "the voice of the new millennium," but I did find again and again that she is living in a very different world than I am. It was engaging to listen to her amusing and very-different take on entertainment and technology, and quite touching to hear her personal stories. Her TV fans will be unsurprised and quite pleased that she is even brighter than she appears on G4-TV, and her book provides a number of memorable rewards. Sadly, the illustrations are not packaged as a PDF, which is fine as she amusingly refused to narrate them.
Who fans will be startled at how quickly the story of the band moves, ending in just 20 minutes. From there, we move to audio excerpts from various interviews. Not always great audio quality, not always fully satisfying, but the discussion of why the band returned to the road after the death of brilliant drummer Keith Moon is definitely worth waiting for. Some interesting moments with the great British mods - one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
Orgasms cost you IQ points? Sounds like an interesting premise. Unfortunately it quickly becomes just another romance until even the sexplay becomes repetitive. The characters, the business environment and the dialogue turn implausible and unsympathetic. Another reviewer has mentioned the reader - I agree with the comments but was not as disturbed by the voice as by the story. Not funny. Take a pass.
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