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Ready Player One | [Ernest Cline]

Ready Player One

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Did you love the ‘80s? Because Ernest Cline’s sci-fi video game epic sure does. Chock full of references to almost every facet of pop culture from that decade, Ready Player One is an excellent example of a hero’s journey that uses a treasure-hunting narrative to frame the concepts of celebrity, privacy, and control, and posits the question, “What is reality?” Narrator Wil Wheaton does a superb job (as always), and his sci-fi background lends his performance a lot of credibility as computer-nerd-turned-superstar Wade Watts (yes, the familiar alliteration is intentional). —Chris

Publisher's Summary

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.

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of 10,000 planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late 20th century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

©2011 Ernest Cline (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Ready Player One is the ultimate lottery ticket." (New York Daily News)

“An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline’s imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe.” (Booklist)

"This adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom, a quest through a virtual world, is loaded with enough 1980s nostalgia to please even the most devoted John Hughes fans… sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    "Great story. Nostalgia rules!!"

    This is a great story with lots of throwback to the 1980s. If you like gaming, are a geek, or just enjoy a good story where you can route on the good guys versus the bad guys, this book is for you.

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    the narrator was fantastic it's like I was in the book. he changed his voice and tone even used an accent if needed. as for the actual book definitely one of my favorites.

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    "Awesome!!!!"

    Great performance by Will. A geeks dream book. Especially if you grew up in the 80s. I highly recommend it.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    Probably close but both would have their benefits. Wil Wheaton was great!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot and the characters were great, but the references really made the read fun.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    The personality he brought to the characters was amazing!


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    "Fun, quick read"

    Has some mature content. I read it because my 11 year old is dying to read it. There are some things that I think are a little out of the scope of an 11 year old. Best for 14 or 15.
    I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it. Lots of great 80s references.

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    "simply amazing! nerd core to the core."

    loved every minute of this book. I got all the references and just connected with the writer. I would highly suggest this if you are nerdy and/or grew up in the 80's

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    I really loved this story!! It has quickly become one of my all time favorites! Wil Wheaton did a great job reading the story and making one feel as thought they are watching a movie. If you have even a small love for video games and classic 80's/gamers nostalgia then this is the right book for you! You will not be disappointed. It's well worth the time.

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    This very poorly written fantasy comic was written for, and by, those left behind D&D players not smart enough to get a job at google. It is revenge porn for the acne plagued data entry clerk who commutes to and fro on public transportation

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    Jam packed with geeky nerdy goodness from start to finish! I didn't want this one to end.

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    If you are a child of the 80s this is the book for you!!!!!!!!! This was the fastest I have ever gone through an audio book. Every time I did not need to interact with others I was logged into the oasis.

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