I bought this audiobook because I really like the paper version. However, the narrator makes it very difficult to listen to the story. I could not get through the first chapter before giving up. The narrator speaks mostly in a bored voice while reading the story. It is also very obvious that he is only reading the book, not trying to perform. From the way he reads, I have to assume he tried reading the book version and just found it too boring. Because that is what he brings to his performance.The main problem with this audiobook is that the overall quality of the audio performance is very bad. Even for a relatively unknown book the quality put into this audiobook is way below acceptable. Please save yourself the trouble and avoid this audiobook.
Neil Gaiman's performance is shockingly good. He reading of this book is an incredible performance.
I tried reading the paper version of Ready Player One twice but couldn't really get into it. I never even got to the end of Anorak's Invitation. I decided to give the audio version a try and I have since listened to the story three times.
Wil Wheaton takes the somewhat dry material and injects a whole lot of life into it. He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to his reading. This really made the long expositions enjoyable. He also does a very good job bringing the characters to life.
This is definitely a must try.
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