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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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    Justin Sacramento, CA, United States 04-25-16
    Justin Sacramento, CA, United States 04-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty fantastic story"

    I was nervous about this book at first. Its a really great book and I think it's got a nice story and lesson.

    I don't really care for some of the writing that's used I think it's a little repetitive at times. But over a new book to add to my top favorites.

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    Mark C. Ball Hell 04-25-16
    Mark C. Ball Hell 04-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    I adored this book and found it a breeze to get through. If you grew up in the 80's or early 90's, you are in for many treats. This book also has some pretty deep messages about our current state of affairs, but it doesn't beat you over the head with them and instead focuses on the very likeable characters, the popcorn adventure of a story, and overall, I had a really good time with this one.

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    James Shipe 04-24-16
    James Shipe 04-24-16
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    "Great book"

    Was going to listen to this just to make driving to work easier and ended up listening for hours on end

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    Jonathan L. Tolstedt 04-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect nostalgia-driven joy engine"

    I am the ideal target for this book, a nerd and computer geek who lived his teenage years in the 1980s. You do not have to be that to enjoy this book, but if you are in this category, the amount of nostalgia from your childhood will immediately draw you in and take you back to those days. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure, which was both dramatic and didn't take itself too seriously.

    I really enjoyed the performance by Wil Wheaton. He has a great voice and did the main character viewpoint quite well. The fact that Wheaton is actually mentioned in the story is a fun little Easter egg for those of us who catch it.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this piece of fiction, and gave it the rare five star rating.

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    I couldn't put this book down, only time was to go to sleep. A rare gem.

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    Ben 04-24-16
    Ben 04-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Read it like your life depended in it. It might."

    See above. That is all. word 1 word 2 word 3 word 4 word 5.

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    G. Snow Charlotte, NC, USA 04-24-16
    G. Snow Charlotte, NC, USA 04-24-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Captivating book"

    The story pulls you in and is read extremely well. All computer nerds should listen to this book. It brought back so many memories for me.

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    Deana Henderson, NV, United States 04-23-16
    Deana Henderson, NV, United States 04-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow!!!"

    Seldom do I find a book that I absolutely love exclamation. Maybe 1 out of every 100. This one is it. You won't be disappointed!

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    Stephen 04-22-16
    Stephen 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Asinine and Shockingly Immature"

    If someone told me that this book was written by a 12 year old who enjoyed reading Wikipedia articles about 80's nerd culture and video games, I would believe him. Wil Wheaton's condescending narration and horrifyingly racist sounding Japanese pronunciations do nothing to help this already terrible novel. I cannot believe how much success this author has enjoyed so far. The future of American literature looks bleak.

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    "Rocked"

    Sad now...very entertaining and fun to listen to. Great imagery and description of the world.

    Don't mess up the movie!

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