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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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    Joshua 11-17-16
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    "So much fun!!"

    I passed up this book a couple of times because the synopsis didn't grab my attention. Then I heard that Steven Spielberg was making it into a movie. I decided to try it out and I'm so glad I did! It isn't going to go down in history as a literary masterpiece but it is so much fun that I couldn't stop listening!! If you like science fiction, fantasy, and the 80s you must read this book! Will Wheaton does a good job of bringing this book to life and the story is like spending your day with your best friend talking about all things geek. I loved it... now stop reading my review and get this book and start listening... NOW!

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    Matt 11-16-16
    Matt 11-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "just freaking awesome"

    there were points in the book that I think if Will Wheaton didnt read the book and I had a paper back, it would've felt dry, Wheaton did an amazing job at reading the book and keeping it interesting

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    Jeremy 11-16-16
    Jeremy 11-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Story"

    I thought the story was great, and Wil Wheaton's voice was perfect for his character, but I felt there were time his performance wasn't as great as it could be.

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    Aisha B. 11-16-16
    Aisha B. 11-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "thought worthy and timely with some flaws"

    interesting near future adventure with good plot turns and fun doses of pop culture trivia (sometimes large and redundent) but with a dull and predictable love storey.

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    A. Conniff My couch, alberta 11-16-16
    A. Conniff My couch, alberta 11-16-16
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    "Soooooo good"

    I had received this book in the hard copy version as a gift and never got around to reading it. I got the audio version and holy crap is it amazing.!!!

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    Philip Williams 11-16-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing Story & Narrator"

    This was an amazing book prefect for anyone with a slightly geeky nature and Will Wheaton does a great performance.

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    Jonathan 11-16-16
    Jonathan 11-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow Wil Wheaton!"

    Wil Wheaton, wow! Unreal! Not only is the book fun, suspenseful, action packed and make you feel a gambit of emotions, but Wil Wheaton delivers a performance that is without words. He brings it to life. He will make you smile, cheer and cry during the whole reading of this book. Don't miss out! This is a must have in all collections!

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    Nir A. 11-15-16
    Nir A. 11-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Quick, fun and fresh!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know as I only heard the audio.


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

    Can't answer that, spoilers. But there were several.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed his performance! His voice and portrait of the characters was spot on and really felt appropriate for this story and this world! Really well done job!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes! It was that good!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a really cool one off read! if you are looking for a 1 book story of a light and fun sci fi genre this is the one for you! it had great characters, humor and action. and a very interesting concept and world to boot.

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    Richard Brown 11-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome book!"

    It was a really fun book, very rich and full of detail. A must read. Will Wheaton was such an amazing narrator.

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    Brian W 11-15-16
    Brian W 11-15-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Completely Nerd Fan Service"
    What disappointed you about Ready Player One?

    The book has terrible character development. A lot of stuff happens but without rich characters that I have an emotional attachment it means nothing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ernest Cline again?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Wil Wheaton’s performances?

    No. His performance is poor. When he get excited he completely drops character voices. It can be very confusing. He can have a 'valley girl' inflection when he is trying to add emotion. I am sure he was chosen for who he is not how his talents would contribute to the story.


    What character would you cut from Ready Player One?

    I would cut out all of the main characters and start a new story within the world.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised at the high rating audible had for this book. I will have to be more critical in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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