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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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    "Even Sheldon would love this performance"

    Wil Wheaton does a superb job bringing this story to life. I recommend this title to anybody with an interest in '80s pop culture.

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    Ready Player One is an action packed, emotion roller coaster, and thrill driven story of the century! It is a must read.

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    I've listened to Ready Player one over 5 times now. Narrator Will Wheaton give an easy listening performance that puts you right at the heart of the story. The 80's pop culture references give this futuristic sci-fi story a credible, and very relatable backdrop. So many of Cline's references are spot on to today's culture and tech-entertainment trends. Get ready to listen. Press play.

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    I loved this book. The characters and storyline had my inner nerd holding on all the way to the end!

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    "I bought an Atari after listening to this book."

    Ready to completely GEEK out and have no shame? Well if not then prepare yourself because you're in for one hellova ride. If the characters don't steal your soul then the exorbitant amount of pop culture and 80's references most definitely will. Do yourself a favor and listen to this book. I promise it won't disappoint. And even if you don't get all the references you'll still thoroughly enjoy the story. Gunters honor!

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    Wonderful immersion into a digital world with roots and reference to the not so distant past. The story is well crafted and keeps you wanting more!! One of my favorite audiobooks of all time!!!

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    Entertaining and kept my mind engaged! word word word word word filler filler filler 20.

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    "Fantastic Listen!"

    I was truly engrossed even though most of the 80's references where before my time. I'm still thinking about it even days after I've completed it. Ready Player One is an instant chassis and I hope they do it justice in the upcoming film...

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    Starts off fantastic. Truly great. But by the third act it has gone off the rails.

    Wheaton gives a good performance.

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    "A good read for all"

    A good read for all. Brought me back to my teenage years, with more than enough gaming for today's youths.

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