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  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10332)
    Performance
    (9623)
    Story
    (9625)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Unless you are an extreme nerd, stay away."
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    What would have made Ready Player One better?

    More plot outside of the virtual world. And Wil Wheaton's ability to pronounce the word poseur correctly. And several other words, actually--that one was just the most egregious.


    What was most disappointing about Ernest Cline’s story?

    Sweet Lord, I really thought this was going to be a thriller. But this whole book is essentially a narrated video game. While video games are a blast to play, it is not very entertaining to be read someone's blow by blow of PacMan. Seriously, I am a giant dork, and I almost got into several wrecks from extreme eye-rolling of these characters and yelling at them to go outside. Not to mention some of the plot devices can be seen from a mile away and yet the author is determined to go into extreme detail in their exposition.


    What didn’t you like about Wil Wheaton’s performance?

    Dude needs to learn some IPA if he's going to mispronounce common words. Sheldon's wrath is totally righteous.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The beginning's not bad. The world is very well thought out and the game is very creative. It's just that, from the description, I thought the action was going to take place in both the real and virtual worlds. Not much happens in the real world, and it's very difficult to get behind a story where danger in the virtual world is supposed to be as high stakes as danger in the real world.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot can be said for showering and going outside. This book is a cautionary tale for what happens when you don't.

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