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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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    Biffcheese 12-05-15
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    "Arcade flashbacks galore!"

    The nostalgia evoked by this.....

    Any kid who grew up in the 80s will be instantly transported back to their childhood with such amazing memories of waiting in line at their favorite coin-ops, movie nights with friends, and pressing buttons incessantly on their Ataris and Commodore 64s!

    I can't say enough about how much this took me back. This book just became one of my new, all-time favorites.

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    "An Epic Too Great for Reality"

    Will Wheaton, who must have gotten every joke, delivers this modern story of virtual wars and real world consequences with a passion for the world that is to come in the very near future.

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    Just finished it on my way to work... I didn't want it to end. This book took me everywhere. Visually amazing.. and I cried a little... MUST READ

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    Totally love it. I have listened to it several times now and will surely be back!

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    This book is great. It has a really fantastic plot, intriguing story, and good narration.

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    "Grew book! Worth reading!"

    Loved this book! Finished it in two days it was so good! Tho us the kind of book that makes all the searching worth it!

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    Crystal Y. 12-04-15
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    "Wow!"

    I was pleasantly surprised by this. My nerdiness rejoiced by all of the references and Wheaton performed marvelously. This was the best "read" I've had in ten years.

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    "Dude.....Noice"

    I will state first: the only true reason I decided to listen to this only because the Wil-est of Wheatons was reading it. The man is gifted with voice capabilities that have been under-utilised for years. The story......BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN!!!

    I recommend this for teens up to adults any age who have a nerdy side.

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    "Awesome"

    I enjoyed everything about this audio book. Wil Wheaton was the perfect person to bring Ernest Cline's book to life. Best moment from the book was hearing Wil Wheaton and Cory Doctorow mentioned in the same sentence, the subject of which is politics! Double bonus was having Wil Wheaton saying it. I didn't want this book to end.

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    Darth Vader 12-02-15
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    this book made me react in many ways I have never reacted to a book before. I loved every second of it and could not stop listening. Wil Wheaton does a great job with each characters voice!

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