It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And, like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who died with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late 20th century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions - and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.
Narrator Wil Wheaton is an American actor and writer best known for his role as Wesley Crusher in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and for playing Gordie Lachance in the film Stand By Me. More recently, he has appeared in several episodes of the TV series The Big Bang Theory as himself.
©2011 Ernest Cline (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
This was an incredible book, with both the writing and performance being top-class. I have never read a book much like this, yet I was deeply thrown into the story and really felt for the characters and the world around them.
I would recommend this book to those of you have ever had any interest in computing, retro gaming and retro film. It really is a 80s pop-culture book with an incredible setting and back story.
To be honest, I was upset when the book ended. The only question that came to my mind was: Where is the sequel?!
Hopefully one might be made soon... I know Ernest Cline hasn't ruled it out yet!
Story was pretty solid although some plot points were a bit hard to believe but the fun allowed you to suspend belief just this once. Wil Wheaton did a great job with the narration.
It was different to what I had encountered before and really pleasant read. I really enjoyed the nostalgia, it gave me a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
Good job Wil.
If I had the time I would have gotten through this in one or two sittings but I like to pace myself to enjoy the story more.
This instantly became my favorite contemporary sci-fi novel. I can't say enough good things about it. The story is imaginative yet nostalgic, and the imagery and performance are superb. I typically have a hard time getting "into" stories that largely take place in cyber space... however this story is riveting, and the characters' real world stakes were high enough to keep my headphones glued to my ears. I have recommended this to MANY friends.
Hmm, clever, unique and daring. I grew up in the eighties and connected with almost every part of Ernie Cline's wonderful book. When I found a part that I wasn't familiar with I would pause the book and look it up on Google. I ended up listening to Rush 2112 and rented War Games, which I had watched when it first came out but really enjoyed watching again.
I liked the references to the eighties and video games and the fact that by creating a virtual world he made almost anything possible. Even giant Japanese robots LOL
I was recommended this story by a friend of mine. He refused to tell me anything about it but just said "read it". At the start I thought the story was OK, but nothing to rave about. Then I slowly got more and more hooked. This ended up being a great story and a really interesting concept. The narration by Wil Wheaton was top notch. He didn't really try to put on any different voices for the different characters, which is how I like it.
Yes... definitely brought out the geek in me :)
Wade was a well crafted character that will resonate with so many readers.
Wheaton was perfect for the role. It was obvious that he really identified with the protagonist, which made the reading that much more enjoyable. A great performance delivered with real empathy.
Even before I finished, I was back on line looking for sequels. Best book I have found in months.
Whether you're a closet geek yourself, or just someone that has fondness for eighties pop culture and the resulting video game revolution, you are sure to find this book a fun, enjoyable read.
Absolutely, it's a story I've been able to relate to more than any other book I've ever read (and there's been quite a lot of them). Having just listened to all 3 of Peter Clines' major novels (Ex-Heroes, Ex-Patriots and 14), I was a little hesitant to start another book thinking that I'd only be disappointed.. thankfully I couldn't have been more wrong - I powered through Ready Player One faster than I'd ever listened to any other book, it was an incredibly compelling read and I just couldn't put it down. The characters, the setting, the virtual themes, all the puzzles and gaming is just so well written and paced.
I'll be giving it another listen after Christmas most definitely, and having found that Ernest Cline is drafting the outline for a sequel, that has me in extremely high hopes that there's going to be yet another mind blowing book from the genius that is Cline!
I can probably most directly identify with H, as I myself am an FPS centric (former pro) gamer, so H's passion for that genre and just action in general and the way H talks to Z is just all stuff I can relate to. That's not to say that Wade/Perzival, Art3mis or Shoto are any less than amazing characters though (and of course Daito). Every character in the book is so wonderfully crafted that it's difficult to pick a direct favourite.
This is the first Wil Wheaton performance i've heard (aside from having TNG on with my eyes closed at night and hearing him on Big Bang Theory in a different room of my house). He did a great job and I think that being that he can most likely relate heavily to the characters of the book, he really connected with them and gave a great performance. He puts some strange emphasis on certain words but that's probably more of a difference in our accents than anything else, as I'm Australian! Never the less, brilliant effort by Wheaton and it was a pleasure to have him narrate such a great story.
Numerous moments in the book moved me, but if i'm picking just one specific moment.. it would have to be when Z and H meet in person for the first time. That was a really great scene and was very touching. It put real emphasis on the fact that if you share a connection with a person online, you're sharing a CONNECTION with a PERSON.. not just some random game character with no personality. They are the person you have had all the good times with, no matter how they turn out to look or be when/if you meet in person.
Buy it! Right now! The movie will be the greatest movie ever! Fanboy mode *ACTIVE*
Can't wait for a sequel too!
Engaging storyline with great characters. Pulls in all the touch points for those of us who grew up through the 80s but modern enough for those who missed it as well.
Let the Wookiee win.
Ready Player One is my ALL TIME favourite read. After reading this I ordered 4 copies of the hard cover book to give to my friends and I have NEVER done that before. Each friend in turn sent me txt's "ZOMG This book is amazing!"
This books takes you to all of those things that were cool when we were growing up and gives you the fantasy you dreamed about as a kid.
I'm just going to park my hover-De Lorean right next to this X-Wing!
They were all fantastic, I can't choose one.
Definitely to some introspection early in the third act and the finale was fantastic
If you read science-fiction, if you watch science fiction, if you grew up in the 80's and played Pacman at the local arcade, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!
Yes yes yes, it's a great sifi story with ideas about a dark future and of course some young heros
The brilliant story and fantastic narration
He's just very very good as doing this I hope he's well paid and I hope more he continues
I laughed frequently and there were sad parts as well
Thanks more please like this i would hadv paid 2 credits for this much enjoyment
If you were born around 1960-1975 you will love the nostalgia in this book. A light SciFi romp, easy listening, but with lots to recomend it. Cline researched the history of video games and infact PS's like a true Geek! but managed to carry the storyline along without loosing my interest. Even a reminder of the great Rush LP 2012. Lighten up for a while, give it a go, you'll be glad you did :)
I really like this book and Wil Wheaton is brilliant at reading this, also did anyone else keep thinking of anorak looking like Steve Jobs.
Well worth your money 10/10
"A Sci-Fi Classic"
I picked this up with no expectations at all and was blown away. It is one of those books that you just can't tear yourself away from and you are a little sad when its over. Most of the reviews state that this will appeal to nerds, computer gamers and children of the eighties (and I admit that I'm all three) but I think you'd have to have a pretty hard heart not to love this book no matter who you were.
Wil Wheaton was a great choice for narrator and he does a fantastic job.
"A once in a generation book"
By far the best audiobook I have listen to
None, I am desperately trying to find something to replace Wade and co's adventure in the Oasis, but so far to no avail.
Where to start? So many great scenes. The meeting at IOI. each of the key and gate scenes, in particular Key & Gate 1.
I don't want to give anything away, the whole book is a great scene after a great scene
If you thought the matrix was a big place to visit, wait until you see the Oasis.
This is by far, not only the best audiobook I have ever listened to, but one of the best pieces of fiction ever created. A match for the classics such as The lord of the rings to modern day hits such as Game of Thrones.
The Oasis is what the matrix dreamed of becoming when it grew up.
I have recommended this book to virtually everyone I know, whether they like science fiction, video games,the 80's pop culture or anything.
A truly great book with outstanding acting and narration by Will Wheton.
"Excellent little listen!"
Heartily recommended. An original storyline and excellent reading from someone who obviously loves the story as much as I did.
The references to eighties and nineties pop vulture and computing history was fun too, especially for a geek like me :)
Wil obviously enjoys the source material and appears to like reading to us. His enthusiasm shines through - he is, of course, an über geek.
Yes, I even ended up taking longer walks home to listen to more on one go.
Probably my best listening experience so far.
Gripping Original Emotive
The structure of the story, the references to old tech, media and games, the relationship between the characters and the twists in the story
The scene when Parcival and Artemis first meet
The ending, when the digital world takes second place to the real world - not going to say anymore, don't want to spoil it
The best story I've heard in years, I couldn't put it down. If you like games, tech and 80s references, do yourself a favour and get this book. 5 stars all the way!
"Easy evening sci-fi"
This ranks very high among the audiobooks I've listened to. It's easy to listen to, does not require high focus and attention to listen to, It's narrated very well.
I can't stand any character our from all. They are pretty well expressed, and the author managed to create an emotional bond to most of the main characters.
Wheaton's reading is expressive and clear, easy to understand and not distracting. Would listen to books read by him again.
This is essentially a book to listen to in one sitting. To be honest, its a simple evening sci-fi novel. It's the opposite of Ender. The plot somehow reminds of holywood films with lots of CG effects. But since its so easy to listen to and follow, its the perfect book to listen to without having to think about it later.
An immediate recommendation. Anyone growing up in the 80's will relate to the music and video games, and anyone *cough* younger will enjoy what is a fabulous tale.....
The battle. Can't really say more without spoiler tags.....
Wil builds upon the book, giving each character a memorable personality....
Very engaging story line with good character development. If you enjoy games, you will enjoy this book regardless of age. Ready player one will take you on a journey back to your childhood games, well if you are my age anyway! But it does more than a stroll down memory lane it also toy with the future. Cool dichotomy that is played out.
Wil Wheaton is great! I have seek out other books he did regardless of author, yip he is that good!
"Great story, Excellent narration"
A really enjoyable listen, Wil Wheaton's delivery is perfect. I was a child of the 80's, though not a 'gamer' - so the songs and films brought back memories but the really geeky stuff was over my head, but still very enjoyable.
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