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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

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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    Fuegomaniac 12-07-15
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    "The only negative was the atheism and the language"

    This was a great reading of a great book. I really enjoyed it. The only negatives were the profanity and the atheist ideology.

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    Jim 12-07-15
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    if you're thrilled with video game trivia, eighties pop culture and humor like smooth move exlax you may enjoy this book.

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    "Awesome love this book"

    By far this is one of the best book I've ever listened too the narrator made this book very interesting I could not put it down except for when I had to actually do my job.... I would highly recommend this book to everyone I know in both versions.... If you love sci-fi movies this book is must listen to or read... I would summarize but I might end up writing all the good part so trust me to say "It is worth the read or listen to" 🤓😻😺😸

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    "Enjoyable"

    I liked this book, a little slow at the start but then it picked up. Was recommended to me when I was talking about old video games, I happen to have grown up in this time period which brought back a bunch of memories!

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    couldn't stop listening to this book. The narrators voice was perfect for this book and the story was amazing. Wouldn't be surprised if they made this into a movie.

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    "Awesome"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Wil Wheaton tell an awesome story about a bunch of geeks become best friends by completing an epic quest.

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    Sherilynn Macale 12-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The best audio book you will ever listen to."

    This is the audio book that got me INTO audio books. This is the audio book that made me realize how powerful audio performance can be. Wil Wheaton was masterful, and Ernest Cline's debut story deserves so much praise. It's SO GOOD. I couldn't recommend this more, especially if you grew up playing video games in the 80s and 90s like I did.

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    denis freiden 12-06-15
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    "Great book"

    Well read. Felt like I was in the story fantastic book. Recommend to all my buds u

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    Gray man 12-05-15
    Gray man 12-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book well written well read"

    I never would have considered reading this book my youngest son needed it for school so I added it to my library then started to listen to it so I could quiz him as he read it but to my surprise the book was great I have sense binge listened the whole book in under a week

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    Jonathan 12-05-15
    Jonathan 12-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A read for anyone who's a big gamer"

    The book was great. From the characters the the story I always felt like I wanted to hear more. The 80s throw back was a great amorous to the time and to everyone who spends there free time playing lots of video games. I rate it E10 for all.

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