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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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    Travis 09-13-16
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    "love it"

    cannot wait for him to make a movie of this book. Well done well played amazing

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    This story takes you away and you don't want to go back. Great narration from Wil Wheaton. Every gamer should read or listen to this novel. The nuances and references are endless. The character development is superb. And the dialogue is hilarious.

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    The author's dislike for 'evil' capitalism was pretty apparent throughout the book but it didn't detract too much from the story. It was an enjoyable story with a great amount of '80s pop culture thrown in. It made me think back to the good old days and reminded me of things that I had almost forgotten about. Worth a credit.

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    "Truly Amazing"

    This is the type of book that makes you go looking for more books like it. I was on the fence about selecting it for a moment because Ernest Cline wasn't an author I was familiar with, but Wil Wheaton narrating pushed me over, and I fell HARD. I plan on getting really familiar with Sir Cline's work.

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    Will 09-13-16
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    "If you're a child of the 80's and a geek,"

    If you're a child of the 80's and a geek, this book is for you. I loved it!

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    "Magnificent story threaded with fun and important meanings."

    Will Wheaton is not the best narrator, but I have to admit that after the first couple chapters the story drew me in so much I barely noticed his weak inflection. Rich story, complex , ...a must read for past, present, and future gamers.

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    arsmitty30 09-13-16
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    "A trip down memory lane."

    Fantastic. A must read for anyone who was apart of the 1980s video game revolution.

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    agentmikek 09-12-16
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    "great ride down 80s gaming / nerd history"

    if you remember the 80s and are a fan of geek culture you will like this book!

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    Amanda 09-12-16
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    "Fun Story!"

    What a great story! Cute moments, great pop culture references. Listening with Wil Wheaton as the narrator was interesting, not bad, just some moments where his voice got a little snarky (perhaps trying to channel Wade?). Overall a great listen! If you like video games and science fiction, this is for you :)

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    Nick Baker Incline Village, Nevada United States 09-12-16
    Nick Baker Incline Village, Nevada United States 09-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "That was awesome"

    WAY better than I expected. At some of the high action points I literally found myself on the edge of my seat and couldn't stop listening. If you lived through any of the 80's, do yourself a favor and listen to this book.

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