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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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    Robert Colona, IL, United States 08-20-11
    Robert Colona, IL, United States 08-20-11 Member Since 2016

    Shogun

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    "Best book I've read in years!"

    This book is a mish-mash of different genres. Part treasure hunt, part trip down memory lane (if alive during the 80's, if not a new look into one of the greatest decades in history) this book will grab you and not let go.
    A billionaire game designer with an obsession with the 80's decides to leave his sizable estate to whoever can follow the clues he left in the internet world he created called the Oasis that will lead the hunter to his ultimate prize. The first clue is hidden for 5 years until a young man finally gets the ball rolling...
    I can't recommend this book enough for geeks or anyone that grew up in this amazing time.

    56 of 79 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 04-05-16
    Farrell 04-05-16

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "Fantastic"

    Great story. Engaging, well paced, entertaining. Having grown up in the 60s, 70s, 80s many of the references actually resonated. Heartily recommend for anybody who grew up with early computer games. Probably even those that didn't will like it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-03-16
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    "fun story, bad politics"

    be it liberal or conservative, don't you just hate it when they can't help but stuff their political views down your throat. this book does that in spades. and what's worse the author does not even understand the terms he is using. he goes on and on about fascist corporation, but corporations can't become fascist. only governments can. this book is saved by the amazingly fun story. he got that right at least. so if you can excuse the fact that by no means does he know what he is talking about on the political side. then it's a great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Lisa Cuffe 01-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "80's geeks rule"

    Recommended quick read. Having Wil Wheaton read this book made the references feel real! All of the 80's nostalgia was mixed into a bit of a puzzle mystery action story. It had me flying through the book with great visual cues and reality jumps.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Madison, WI 11-23-15
    Tracy Madison, WI 11-23-15
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    "Finally!"

    love love loved it! I have been waiting for a book just like this! A fantastic mix between Charlie and the chocolate factory and the movie Gamer. I couldn't be happier with this book. Lots of action and page turning action! I would recommend this to any distopia lover!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JoeyM 11-23-15
    JoeyM 11-23-15
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    "Great Story"
    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    80s nostalgic adventure


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way the book kept me at the edge of my seat.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. I must say that he did a fine job. His woman voices could have been better, but other than that I found myself immersed in the story without the narration getting in the way.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sonni Goodman 11-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love... Love... Loved It!!!"

    An Absolute Must Have!!! Funny, Exciting, Suspenseful, Romantic all in One!!! I enjoyed this book throughly and it's reading.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-23-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-23-15 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "GOING OUTSIDE IS HIGHLY OVER RATED"

    MY BULLET BILL THIS MONTH WAS GOING TO BE HUGE
    I am going to join the 30,000+ who have given this a 4.7 rating and say this is a wonderful book. I loved it from the get go and their was not a single dull moment. I am a little old for the generation that will love this the best. In the 80's I was in my 20's, married and had my two kids. I played some of the early systems and can even remember text games, where all you had was text and you could only give simple commands. I remember the first time I saw a pong machine (not mentioned in the book). I remember Space Invaders at the bowling alley.

    THE CROWD WENT WILD
    I might buck the crowd just a little and say, if you did or do not play video games, then you will not enjoy this. The bigger the nerd you were or are, than the more you will enjoy this. This is mostly for the hard core nerds and not the pop scene. For instance even though MTV is mentioned and even though Michael Jackson made MTV popular, his name is never mentioned. I had heard of most of the games, but not all and I had played a few. Games such as Master of Orion and Romance of The Three Kingdoms (my favorite games) are totally ignored. So, there is a certain amount of bias in the book.

    THE GAME WITHIN THE GAME
    The plot is a game, which is why I am sure none gamers will not like it. I loved the game within the game and thought it was very well done. I normally do not like shoot-em ups in any book, but this is so well done, that it holds your attention. There is a romance that is well done, there is suspense, some surprises, and even without the 80's references it would be a great book.

    THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OG
    Yea, there is also some serendipity help that takes place, especially toward the end and the main character just seems too knowledgeable at times. Watching nerdy movies is one thing, but memorizing the entire dialogue??? My wife and I did see War Games at the theater and War Games plays big in the book.

    Just before this book I listened to a Scalzi book, not narrated by Wil Wheaton and I followed that up with this book, read by Wil Wheaton, but not written by Scalzi, how weird is that? Anyways Wheaton is one of my favorites and was the perfect pick for this book. He Crushered it.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas H. Poulsen 10-23-15
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    "really cool"

    just great. wil needs to read a bit faster but put it on 1.25x and it worked like a charme..

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    Daryll Henrich 10-23-15
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    "Don't overlook this one!!"

    Beyond fantastic. Top 5 for sure. I avoided this for a long time because the description made me think that I would hate it, but I loved every minute and binge-listened the entire thing in a few days.

    If you played video games in the 80s this is an absolute must. Such a clever story-- I could really not have imagined that anyone could make a virtual world interesting whatsoever, but Cline pulls it off and then some.

    I wish it could've kept going.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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