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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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    Darren 04-16-16
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    "Back from the Future"

    An immersive and engaging return to the geek sub culture of the 80's through a SciFi lens. If you are, or ever have been a geek this book needs to move to the top of your list! Or, if you are either a teen or student of the 80's it is a must read.
    Loved it!!!

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    JJSB Cedar Rapids, Iowa United States 04-16-16
    JJSB Cedar Rapids, Iowa United States 04-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "celebration of epic geekiness"

    Interesting concept and fun story. I love the celebration of geekiness and the good versus evil epicness. I felt Wade was a bit of a Mary Sue type character that did a lot of telling naratives and expose, however, still entertaining.

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    marcus TUCSON, AZ, United States 04-16-16
    marcus TUCSON, AZ, United States 04-16-16 Member Since 2011

    Knowledge is power

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    "Words can't describe how good this book is"

    This is now my absolute and without question my favorite book I have ever read.

    I can't think of a more captivating and adventurous book.

    If you you were gifted with any kind of imagination or pop culture knowledge base , then this book will surely push the boundaries in such an interesting and wonderful way.



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    Daniel 04-16-16
    Daniel 04-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    love this book love hearing it even more want the movie soon cant wait :)

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    William Taylor 04-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Epic"

    This is possibly the best book I've experienced. Granted, that's not many, but still. Truly wonderful. I love all the references, the great performance by Wil Wheaton, and the very human feeling received from every little bit of it. Well done.

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    Stephen Robinson 04-15-16 Member Since 2016

    "The dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did." T.E. Lawrence

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    "A nostalgic dream!"

    Great book! As an 80s kid it brought me back to when I was young. I hear Ernest is working on a sequel. Can't wait.

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    Thomas 04-15-16
    Thomas 04-15-16
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    "Amazing book, and the villien is pure evil"

    Seriously, it has been a long time since i've encountered a fictional villain that is one dimensional and purely evil.
    Usually, this is a sign of bad writing, but the book is so cheesy that this villien actually works for it, and this book is definetly not a case of "bad writing".
    The performance is great, and features an exclusive hilarious wil wheaton easter egg that doesn't exists in the book.
    This audiobook is definitely a must listen to any geek of science fiction or 80's culture.

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    Leighton 04-15-16
    Leighton 04-15-16
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    "Ready player two"

    Amazing! Definitely worth every second... I thoroughly enjoyed it! Excellent in every way! Hauntingly kept me on the edge of my seat.

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    Ferry_Bear 04-15-16
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    "Nerd wish fulfillment in its finest."

    wheaton gives a great performance reading the book despite not changing his voice much. The world building is pretty solid and the only real drawback is that the world doesn't get fixed.

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    Andrew 04-14-16
    Andrew 04-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"

    This book is simply amazing! Would recommend to anybody.

    Wil Wheaton does a fantastic job reading this.

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