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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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    Dan Hanover, ON, Canada 05-23-12
    Dan Hanover, ON, Canada 05-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating!"
    Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

    I would not listen to any audiobook more than once no matter how great it is. Life is short and there is much too much to enjoy and learn about.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wade is my favorite character. I love a good story about an underdog rising to great heights of success and stardomI


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first performance I've heard from Wil Wheaton and I thought that he was great. He put so much enthusiasm and plenty of sarcasm into his narration and just totally became the main character Wade.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was perfect! I was moved by the main character Wade's transition from virtual life to real life; how he gained an appreciation for what real life had to offer even though the Oasis (virtual world) was totally awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    Has a lot of elements that I really enjoyed about the Hunger Games series (minus the cheesy love triangle) and plenty of awesome eighties pop culture and video game references. Any Generation X'er who grew up with the Atari 2600 and the Commodore 64 will love this book, I highly recommend it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Fort Wayne, IN, United States 05-22-12
    Daniel Fort Wayne, IN, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing for anyone who enjoys the 80s."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this to my friends because of the interesting subject matter, the wonderful descriptions and the detailed and nuanced plot. I read it in three days, and they were three very busy days, or I would have finished it sooner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the development of the characters and the level of excitement that I felt for the hunt. I also loved the ability I had to catch references that passed between the characters. Made me think of some conversations I've had with some of my best friends.


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Other than a terrific name, Wil Wheaton also conveyed the passion and excitement that I, as a Sci Fi fan, feel for a book like this one that focuses on a time period in retrospect, where I first became interested in Sci Fi through authors like Frank Herbert, and Orson Scott Card. Just the lists of the research for the quest read like it was coming off of my bookshelf, and DVD collection.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "The 80's weren't this cool in the 80's"


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book, I can't stress it enough.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    brandon North Logan, UT, United States 05-21-12
    brandon North Logan, UT, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "This book will make your worst day your best!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    Wil Wheaton did an amazing job with the nostalgic content and atmosphere. I loved it so mush, I am buying the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    Literally all in one experience.
    Too hard to pick just one.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    all of them were great


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Cyber Treasure Hunt of a Lifetime!


    Any additional comments?

    I dont like writing reviews. This book was worth it. Dont hesitate. Just get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Kelowna, BC, Canada 05-20-12
    Matt Kelowna, BC, Canada 05-20-12 Member Since 2014

    I would classify myself as a part time avid listener. When I can afford the books, I get em :)

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    "Girls..understand your geek...read this!"
    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    A memoir unlike any other.


    What other book might you compare Ready Player One to and why?

    None.. this is in a class of its own.


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wil reads with such enthusiasm it's very difficult to tell he's not telling it about himself. Amazing job!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a few twists in the story that weren't expected really well done story.


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to more books by Ernest and more read by Wil

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Zelienople, PA, United States 05-19-12
    Dennis Zelienople, PA, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Very hard to put down"
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    Wheaton fid a great job with Ready Player One and I found it incredibly fun to listen to. It was slightly Orwellian, with the all seeing and knowing giant company, but very lighthearted with all the 80s nostalgia. I loved the imaginative nature of the oasis and kinda wish I could see it for myself. My only gripe is the very awkward way the characters interact, but considering the antisocial nature of the oasis addicts, it's most likely intentional

    Overall it was a fantastic book and I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Very hard to put down"
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    Wheaton fid a great job with Ready Player One and I found it incredibly fun to listen to. It was slightly Orwellian, with the all seeing and knowing giant company, but very lighthearted with all the 80s nostalgia. I loved the imaginative nature of the oasis and kinda wish I could see it for myself. My only gripe is the very awkward way the characters interact, but considering the antisocial nature of the oasis addicts, it's most likely intentional

    Overall it was a fantastic book and I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April Toronto, ON, Canada 05-19-12
    April Toronto, ON, Canada 05-19-12 Member Since 2015

    I love, love, love to read. Until I found audio books and now I love to listen: esp great stories told by great narrators.

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    "Look no further for your next, best listen!"

    If you are a SciFi fan that's 30+ this book is for you!

    Will Wheton and Wade Watts don't just share the same first intials; it's like they were twins separated at birth.

    Will Wheton narrates this fabulous book perfectly. He has narrated some other Sci-Fi greats on audible well too: like Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi. Wil Wheton was good as Wesely Crusher on TNG but he is even better and is the perfect narrator for Cline's great story about our lousy world and our natural escape into the better 'Verse known as the Oasis.

    These ratings aren't lying -- listen to this book.

    You're welcome,
    SciFi Geek-es

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Milford, NH, United States 05-17-12
    Sean Milford, NH, United States 05-17-12
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    "Well done all the way around!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was well written by Ernest Cline and Wil Wheaton did an excellent job performing. I look forward to more books from this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin 05-17-12
    Justin 05-17-12
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    "Loved it!!"

    I loved everything about this book, in a word cannon. A gamer must! On my 3rd listen.

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    Amazon Customer Mc Calla, AL, United States 05-16-12
    Amazon Customer Mc Calla, AL, United States 05-16-12
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    "Great Book! You get sucked into it quick!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and have. It's a great book that tell the future of the human race with the next step of the Digital age! I loved the MMO aspect of it on top of the 80's references. Kind of a geek trip down memorey lane.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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