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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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    wil wheaton did a great job narrating this, but the book can stand alone by itself and the realistic dialogue which the characters have. it. was an easy read

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    Wil Wheaton's narration is awesome! Loved the 80's references- childhood memories that made me smile!

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    "20 out of 20 Critical Hit!!"

    I had already read the actual book but listening to the book narrated by Will Wheaton was an awesome bonus! Since I love video games and the 80's this story was right up my alley ad will now forever be in my top 10!

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    I was very hesitate to chose this book because of the subject matter. I'm sorry I waited. This was the most entertaining book I've read in a very long time. If I could give more than 5 stars to Will Wheaton, I would. What a great story teller!!!

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    "Such a fun ride."

    I'm not even super into 80s pop culture, but this novel is such a great time I couldn't stop.

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    "Very well executed "

    The perfect voice for one of the best books I've ever read, I already read the book separately, but decided to read along with the audio book, and I experienced this amazing story like I've never experienced any book before, and will wheaton really brought everything together with this narrative

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    "A futuristic nostalgic delight!"

    Such a fun and inventive dystopian storyline, laced with trivia from the 80's. Fantasy, sci-fi, and classic video game fans will really enjoy this book.

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    Benjamin 08-02-15
    Benjamin 08-02-15 Member Since 2011

    I truly Appreciate a good story, in fact I am always on the hunt for another. The written word has many purposes, but the amazing plot line that takes me out of the everyday and into another world with deep and vivid people to meet, love, and hate.... That's what its all about

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    "My favorite book, of all time"

    if you are a gamer, get this book. just do it. it will blow your mind, and bring so many comfortable feelings to your mind. all at the same time. it's so amazing. just get it.

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    Good for anyone interested in video games, computers, the life of the 1980s, predictions of the future, and any fictional reading.

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    I couldn't stop listening, because the story was so riveting. The narrator was excellent too.

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