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Ready Player One Audiobook

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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    Katy with a Why 10-07-15 Member Since 2015

    I love audiobooks so hard!

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    "Fantastic Nerdy Surprises"
    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome.
    Unexpected.
    Nerdy.


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

    I can't think of anything. I've never read a book like this one. It's truly one-of-a-kind.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved it.


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    Ian 10-07-15
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    "Love this book"

    I really like the concept and storyline of this book, and Wheaton did a fantastic job.

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    miguel gutierrez 10-07-15
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    "Freaking Awesome!"

    Great story of overcoming hardship and finding love! Very inmersive, descriptive and fun to read!!

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    whiterabbit 10-07-15
    whiterabbit 10-07-15 Member Since 2013

    harmony

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    "A wild and excellent ride into a virtual universe"

    Amazing original story read to perfection. So much fun. If you love video gaming at all, this is a must read book. A virtual delight!!! It just gets better and better as the story progresses. Not a dull moment anywhere. Please please make a movie of this!!!

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    Carrie Larson 10-07-15
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    "I highly recommend!"

    Great read! If you are an 80's pop culture fan and a geek in any way, this is the book for you. Adventure, romance (a bit), sci-fi... it has it all. Will Wheaton is the PERFECT person to read this tale. Well worth the credit!

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    Robin 10-06-15
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    "Slightly geeky but a great story"

    I loved listening to Wil Wheaton performing this intensely engaging story. It if full of memories from the 80s I didn't remember I had. Excellent plot with a love story too.

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    "Nerdiest book ever"

    This could be the nerdiest book ever. I am embarrassed at how much I liked it. The other reviewers describe the plot week; no need to repeat it here. A fun book that sweeps you in more than you would expect, bringing out your inner nerd.

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    J. Isen 10-05-15
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    "Eerily possibly accurate future tale"
    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    This was a great story with an amazing cast of characters. It takes place in a futuristic dystopia that seems like it might actually come to fruition. It was almost like being in two time periods at once, with all of the 80s references.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the complexity of Wade. He's incredibly smart and street-wise, especially by the end, but he maintains a very child-like spirit about him. There's an innocence and naivete to him that helps him succeed.


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    Teddy 10-05-15
    Teddy 10-05-15 Member Since 2015

    I'm a monkey!

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    "Really great story"

    Didn't think I would love this story but I did. Can't wait for the Steven Speilberg movie version. Beginning dragged s bit but then it really takes off.

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    B & C Gardner Huntsville, TX USA 10-05-15
    B & C Gardner Huntsville, TX USA 10-05-15 Member Since 2015

    Brittney & Charles

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    "great story"

    hard to start, with an excessive amount of 80's nostalgia changed into it, but still a great read. One of the best video game future sci-fi I've ever read.

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