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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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    Paul Todkill 09-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    This has overnight become one of my all-time favourite books. Absolutely fantastic, Wheaton was the perfect choice for narrator. Just brilliant.

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    Raymond 09-14-16
    Raymond 09-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    fantastic ride until the very end!! had me hooked from they very beginning and held me throughout the entire thing

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    Nicole 09-14-16
    Nicole 09-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best audiobook!"

    even with all of the 80s references that went over my head the story was really awesome! action packed, I didn't want to stop listening! Wil Wheaton's delivery is absolutely perfect.

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    james 09-13-16
    james 09-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "very relevant"

    what better compassion to develop that that for the lonely gamers. people really do enjoy simulation over real life!

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    The Fizz USA 09-13-16
    The Fizz USA 09-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "80's Nostalgia"

    TRaSh 80s FTW! I taught Honor Students Scripsit and Visicalc on them. Oh the horrors!

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    tweety 09-13-16
    tweety 09-13-16
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    "Damn, what a world!"

    The author has done an incredible job researching and paying homage to incredible game titles and more. It is a rocking story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

    What I wish wasn't included was the utterly, utterly bleak picture of the future.

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    Greg 09-13-16
    Greg 09-13-16
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    What would have made Ready Player One better?

    Cutting the book in half.


    Has Ready Player One turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nah, just this author. Done with that clown.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    I like the way he portrayed the characters. It's the book's only redeeming quality.


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

    Narrator wasn't bad.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't for the life of me understand how this boring slog has been made into a movie. He doesn't just name drop, he explains every last detail about some useless 80's reference that has NOTHING to do with the story. Waste of money.

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    Joel Stamnes 09-13-16
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    "great"

    takes me back to the 80s when we ride bikes without helmets and didn't sit in front of an iPad all day

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    Felicia 09-13-16
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    "Excellent Story"
    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    I loved the story. Right up any nerd's alley


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Ache, they are hysterical.


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    Aaron 09-13-16
    Aaron 09-13-16
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    "Engaging"

    I couldn't put it down. I just pray that Spielberg does it justice with the upcoming movie.

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