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Ready Player One Audiobook
Ready Player One
Written by: 
Ernest Cline
Narrated by: 
Wil Wheaton
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

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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    Slow in the beginning but pulls you in and spits you out in a good place.

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    What a spectacular story brought to life by Wil Wheaton. I cannot wait to listen to more by Ernest Cline when it's available! :)

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    Captivating from start to finish! Probably going to listen again now. You won't regret this one.

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    "LOVED IT!!!"

    Everything about it this book was fantastic! I simply couldn't stop listening to it!! I was excited to read the next book but I'm a bit hesitant to do so because of all the bad reviews for it but I'm going to read it anyway.

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    "An absolute must"

    If you.... then you must....

    This book was amazing! It deserves a movie to place amongst the pantheon of greats and now with Warner Bros and Spielberg, maybe it will be

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    "My arch nemesis Wil Wheaton does it again!"

    Truly a masterpiece of its time. I'm not sure who would not enjoy this book. It's not a stereotypical syfi story that only the geeks will get.

    And... YES ! Please make a movie from this !

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    great everything, fantastic story cannot recommend it highly enough. The characters are lovable and the enemies are easily despicable. Just a fantastic story, I wish there were more

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    "loved it"

    one of my favorite books I think every gamer should read it and enjoy like I have

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    "An interesting story"

    There where some parts that I struggled to get through, but the narrator and the plot are engaging, and memorable.

    Also the dialogue is filled with so many cheesy lines from the 80s and bbs / forum etiquette that it's hard to take seriously at first

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    "great book. very imaginative storyline."

    the research to back the storyline was incredible. recalling Ali the old games brought back memories of my childhood. I'm glad I read it and am k going to try to verify some of the game tricks. i definitely recommend this book

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