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Ready Player One Audiobook

Ready Player One

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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

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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. Would be better without the corny romance"

    Why does every book feel the need to include an element of romance?? Can we not just have a story without any side distractions for once ? I know it's the norm but really it shouldn't be. I didn't pick up this book for romance. Anyways it was still OkAY and will Wheaton crushed the performance. Coulda been better tho IMO

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    "sooooo good."

    Great story, chock full of 80's pop culture references. Funny and action packed, it's gaming in book form.

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    M. Pemberton West Bend, WI 09-16-16
    M. Pemberton West Bend, WI 09-16-16 Member Since 2015

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    Awesome book. I actually listened to it immediately again after first listen!!! It is that good!

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    I found myself counting down the time until I could listen to it again. I highly recommend this and Wil Wheaton was fantastic.

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    Great. Couldn't stop listening. Would highly recommend. Especially for nerds who grew up in the 70s and 80s.

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    I love this book! Listen to it over & over. Great story tied up with lots of childhood memories. A must read for any pop culture, video game, 1980's movie fans.

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    I didn't know anything about Ready Player One. It instantly grabbed me and continued to surprise me along the way. Now I can't stop thinking about it. So good!

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    I love this book! Great story, great reader. If you grew up in the 80's that's even better.

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    Vicky Rowe Youngsville, NC USA 09-16-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Super fun romp - Dream Park meets the 80s"

    The reader, story and pop culture references were a ton of fun for this 60s hippie. I listened pretty much as much as possible until it was over.

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    "Excellent book. Narration was spot on!"

    Wil Wheaton does an excellent job narrating this great book. The story kept me wanting more and more. All of the 80s references were great.

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