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
"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)
This was the best audiobook by far for me.
From the start I was listening the the story like I was watching a great movie.
He nailed it. Believable and articulate.
I laughed out loud and had a permagrin through many moments in this book.
Yes. Repeatedly. I'm up to listen # 9 or 10 now. I really can't narrow down a single reason why I love this so much. It's comfort food for my brain; the perfect combo platter of wildly imaginative story and brilliant audio performance.
I really had to think about this one. I have to settle on "The Hobbit". I read Tolkien for the first time in the 5th grade, and it completely transported me to another world. It's full of people that were so different from me but with whom I could still identify strongly. For many years that series was my go-to literary escape.
Without a doubt he is the very essence of Parzival. In addition, his amazing talent at differentiating the other characters without resorting to ridiculous-sounding voices is something not every narrator can pull off.
This book - its characters, its premise, its execution - absolutely resonated with me even though I am not what some would call its target demographic. I'm not a geekboy or a big-time gamer. I'm a 45-year-old wife and mom who's fairly technically adept but no IT pro. I went into it expecting not to 'get' all the tech references but was pleasantly surprised to get almost all of it. If you thought this book wouldn't interest you, you just might be completely wrong. :)
I'm not a fan of Wil Wheaton...so it truly pains me to admit he did one of the best narrations I've ever listen too.
The story was also superb, creative, and now one of my new favorites.
Well worth the price/credit.
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I really like listening to Wil Wheaton. He has a pleasant, well-modulated voice and captured the essence of the characters without being intrusive into the listening experience.
I liked Wade very much. He was able to grow and change as the story went on into a more and more likeable person who just happened to be superhuman at gaming and computer skills.
Wil's characterization and presentation of all the characters was spot-on! I could listen to him all day; in fact, I practically did do that while cleaning my house one weekend while also listening to this story.
Wheaton definetely, Cline if a more mature theme. I misread the the reviews, this is a book for teenagers
I believe that being of a certain age benefits the reader (45+). Remembering back to the arcades, changing money for tokens, playing many of the games listed in the book helped me to relate to the book. Really brought back fun, happy memories. I think someone who is from the PC/Wii generation may not have the same emotional tie to this book. I couldn't wait to find out what game would be played next, what adventures were to follow seeking out the quest.
Pleasantly surprised - I thought he did a great job reading this book.
Ready Player One - makes perfect sense!
I have a very solitary job, so I have quite a few hours to listen to books every week. I try to rate this books fairly, as I hate the 1 star or 5 star trend. 5 stars shall be reserved for the best of the best. 3 stars is still a good book to me.
I don't know if it is better or not, but it's quite good. Wil Wheaton adds a lot to this story.
Hard decision. All of the characters are great.
Wade Watts, I'm pretty sure that a few pages into writing this book, Ernie Cline knew exactly who was going to read it.
No crying involved, definitely some laughing, and a bit of heart racing.
I'm probably quite biased in this as this book is so far up my alley.It really makes me miss the whole Saturdays I could waste in an arcade.
This title is so full of 80's trivia, pop culture references, and nostalgia (for any age) that it's easy to overlook how solid it works as a stand alone sci-fi novel. The futuristic world the character's live in is as much a three-dimensional, fully developed character as the ones I've come to like while listening. And their world within a world becomes even more so. At just over 15 hours this book still felt way too short and I'm counting the days until a sequel comes out, and passing that time by starting a second listen. Honestly loved it.
Well play Wil, well played.
Those who likes and plays MMOs would like this one.
Giant robot battle.
I love the end, I wish it would have been maybe a chapter or two longer...
Even though I didn't get most of the references, I still really enjoyed this book mainly because I love dystopian futures and MMOs.
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