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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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    perfect narration.

    story has a strong start and continues almost to the end. unfortunately, the finale is all to predictable and anticlimactic. overall I enjoyed the read and can't say I regretted reading this

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    "A true gamers fairy tale!"

    I don't read much books but this one was recommended to me by countless people. They all knew how much of a gamer I was and that I would enjoy it. I couldn't stop listening. Finished this book within a week. Can't wait to see the movie.

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    I liked it and can't wait to look up more books by the author.

    Game Over

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    great story. bad narrating. don't ruin any of the great story by listening to it.

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    "Great read!"

    If you are a gamer, a fan of the 80s pop culture or a fan or dystopian futures - this book is for you! Will Wheaton does a great job on this audio rendering.

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    this is our future.. virtual worlds revealed and wondrous adventure. the storyline was great and kept me entertained for hours.

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    Loved the story - way too many 80s references for me to completely understand, and a few overused cliche phrases, but I also couldn't stop listening. It is a bit *too* packed with 80s nostalgia, but I mostly enjoyed that. Wil Wheaton is a decent narrator, but can't really manage different voices for the characters. For the few he tries, most sound pretty fake and forced. It didn't really detract from the listening experience, though.

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    Will Wheaton slays the geek filled narrative about the hunt for the worlds best video game Easter Egg. Is there a word for binge listening?

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    100% recommend this to everyone. I've listened to it 3 times now and cannot wait for the movie... I take a sequel though

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    "Fantastic Book!!!"

    A great story that incorporates so many interesting and fascinating parts of my childhood. It gave me goosebumps throughout the whole story.

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