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Ready Player One | [Ernest Cline]

Ready Player One

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.
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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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    Sean C. Roberts 05-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredibly good, a must-read for 1980's kids!"

    From Commodore PETS through Commodore 64's, and including Asteroids to Zork, this story let me relive almost ALL of my childhood in a way only someone who had REALLY been there and experienced the same highs and lows I did could.
    wonderful story arc, detailed interesting characters, and descriptions and references both incredibly vivid and painstakingly accurate, this STAYS on my device for repeated listening!
    Will Wheaton does a fantastic job, making this story very easy on the ears.
    Simply A++++ for both story and voice actor.

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    Norris Family Seattle, WA United States 05-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"

    Fun read. Goofy at times but kept me engaged. If you grew up around classic arcade games it ads to the fun.

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    david 05-03-15 Member Since 2014

    Weird. Teacher. Listens to books more than reading physical books because of vision issues.

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    "80s nostalgia in a realistic dystopian future"

    Nerdgasm only possible when filtering how awesome this book is through rule 34. Gamers that don't fit into society... Or maybe they do... Will love this.

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    Bonnie Lynn Dennis 05-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "SO well done"

    Will Wheaton was great! Also I'm not hugely into video games (my husband got me to read this) but I really enjoyed it. The story is excellent.

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    Jorge A Roman 05-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great look on future video games"

    Thus book is definitely a good read if you are into the future of gaming or interested in a look at VR concepts in a book. the story is very fun but has a good sense of emergency the entire time. Its an excellent read.

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    "A must read for the 80's and 90's generation!"

    A book full of nostalgia and adventure. It has a great concept and good pacing. Overall I was very happy with the book.

    Towards the end, I felt the story somewhat slipped and became fairly typical of a coming-of-age story where the protagonist suddenly becomes a little too good, too soon. There is a lot of build-up and then the end comes very quickly, though not completely without some pleasant surprises.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this book as a fun read.

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    "technology in my life and beyond"

    Well done everyone. Interesting things I did not know. Interesting story line keeps you alert. Mr. Wheaton, you inspire me to look into reading for others as you have done an examplary job of reading the story in multiple points of view. Thank you.

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    Charles A. Trudersheim 05-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read"

    Started a little slow but an awesome book. especially for those of us born in the 70s living through the 80s

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    Andrew 05-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    I've listened to this book at least 6-7 times over the past 2-3 years, and still enjoy it as much as the first time.

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    "Amazing"

    This book instantly jumped to the top of my favorite books. It's an awesome read. Could not stop listening. This is one of the few books I actually hope makes it to movie.

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