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
Absolutely. This book is immensely fun. The narration is by Wil Wheaton and that is a bonus. The writing captured my imagination and I found myself switching between envisioning the protagonist's real-life and the pixelated virtual reality of his avatar.
Aech. Aech proved to be a loyal friend. Aech's backstory added another dimension to the book by proving no one is really who they say they are when it comes to the internet. It also highlighted racial prejudice and gender discrimination.
The origami scene, inspired by the movie 'Bladerunner'.
Log in. For the win.
Fabulous book. I have listened to this many times. It cheers me up. The hero against all odds.
The plot bringing together today's technology mixed together with cult classics fromp the past. This book is a electric journey that keeps you on edge for the whole book. Can't wait for the movie to come out.
There is not much to be said except that I absolutely loved this audiobook! Even more of an indication of what an engaging book it is - my partner (who has read about 3 fiction books in his whole life and considers fiction to be something of a waste of time) also loved it. It's just great fun, and I was much too young in the 80s to know even half of the gaming references. Couldn't wait to get back in the car each day.
Yes especially to my friends of a similar age. Lots of 80's references.
Wade was a star, enjoyed the plot to get to the last gate.
I thought the narration was excellent. Kept me engaged through out the story.
not really but that is not to the detriment of the book
What I am going to listen now. I couldn't put this down.
Immersive, descriptive imagery.
The massive scale.
Honest, committed and pitched right. Except for Og's voice - which was just wrong. But that was such a small part of the book it doesn't matter. Also it was too slow, but on 1.25x speed on the Audible app it was fine.
Something terrible. Because a movie will water this book down and leave it a tepid, lame version of the original.
This book was a delight to listen to and made driving to work an absolute pleasure - the story is pure fanfiction and wil Wheaton delivers it in spades - I wish he did more audiobook work
"An absolute joy for 80s geeks"
Yes I do, I have both - buying the book so I could read/listen in tandem. The audio version was exceptional.
Yes, I found excuses to drive and find quiet time to get through the book. Brilliant!
"Virtual Reality in audio form."
I haven't read the print version, but Will Wheaton's performance of the book makes me expect so.
Vivid descriptions of the world inside and outside of the Oaisis.
No, but after this, I want to.
Virtual Reality just got Real.
Every time I had to stop the audio I couldn't wait to switch it back on.
Would I recommend is book? Hell yes! If you are born in the 80's you have to read/listen & soon to be watch this book! It reminds me of everything from my childhood and all the references to the films and games in it, instantly take me away from being an adult.
Art3mis... Talk about dedication & playing hard to get!
No SPLOILERS, you'll have to read to find your own.
Welcome to the Oasis
Cheesy as hell but great.
"Brilliant brilliant brilliant"
As a kid of the 80s it sucks you in with it's quirky little nods to your youth - but underneath it is a superb tale of corruption and fighting 'the man'
It's a truly gripping tale - i'd find myself making excuses to go to bed and listen to it - even during the day
yes, but i couldnt i have a family and a job, so i just made excuses to opt out of life for a bit - not unlike the main character
Will Wheaton does a great job
But a bit too much game descriptions for my taste. Great research, though, and great performance.
"Unexpected modern classic"
1980's action adventure
initially the retro style but the action soon takes over
revenge of the nerds
"A brilliant story, expertly narrated."
The narration was excellent, Mr Wheaton really brings to story to life. But a good narrator is nothing without a good story to read, and this was one of the best I've listened to in a while.
Nothing really. It's very unique. A good story with believable characters that is just dripping with geeky nostalgia. As a geek who grew up on a diet of old computer games and movies from the 80s, i can't recommend this enough.
No spoilers, but he obviously had a lot of fun with a certain intelligence-challenged user of a technical support hotline.
I don't need to think of one, because it'll hopefully be happening very soon. i think it's fair to say Mr Spielberg knows he way around a camera.
As I said above, if you are a child of the 80s/early 90s, who "misspent" their youth in front of TV and computer screens, or with your nose in a D&D source book, this is absolutely the book for you.
"80's kids are gonna love it!"
A must for anyone who loves 80's video games, music, film, and basically being a little bit nerdy. But nerdys cool right?
Loved the book and the concept, it helps to be a geek, but is still enjoyable if you're normal!
If you liked this try Bedlam.
"Hooked from the beginning to end"
Great story, lots of twists and turns throughout and read wonderfully by Will, would recommend to any geek
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