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
Going through the book as a nerd myself I recognized many of the referrence from games, comics, anime, movies and music and then there was many things I learned.
The book is well written and has a sly sense of humour what usually comes through the main character.
A very good listen!
The story was engrossing. Will did a good job on the narration but went hammy on certain dialogue deliveries which make you cringe. Would've been better if each character had their own distinct character and voice.
this story disgusts me. It is a cynical attempt to cash in on the disposable incomes of geeks by relentlessly hammering on about 80s movies and games. It is so badly written that you will be pulling at your hair as you listen. Just one example: the lists. List after list of just stuff, with no relevance to the characters or plot. At one point you get to listen to a list of half a dozen retro breakfast cereals that someone has in their kitchen. There are lists of movies, consoles, games etc. the purpose is for the listener to hear the one that is their favorite and get a bit excited and nostalgic.
I could go on. This book is inane, it represents a new low in taste and credulity.
We can't even create new trash. Our trash is copied/regurgitated from 80's trash.
There are so many 'homages' in this book that it is probably only about 20% original content. Some sections are basically plagiarism.
Apart from anything else, it does not ring true. There are various geek mistakes. The book absolutely stinks of Google searches. Worst of all, the book's final message is that you shouldn't spend all your time on games and geeky stuff after all, you should look for love in the real world because "only reality is real".
Thanks for the wisdom grandpa, I happen to quite like games actually, and who are you to judge the merit of my subjective experiences?
The people who like this book have very low standards. Maybe fun to hate it though?
"Look at all these things from the 80s"
This book was a chore to finish. Wheaton's performance was passable bordering on poor for the most of if, and even then it was the best part. The story was dull, uninspiring and the entire book was carried on its references to geek culture and nothing else. Give it a miss.
"You will not be able to pause this book"
While I do not have the print version, the fact that Will Wheaton reads this is an undeniable plus.
Art3mis. She has conviction and drive, knows what she wants and goes for it. It's a world somewhat dominated by men but she manages to succeed via brains and personality. The virtual reality that most of the book takes place in means that her physical appearance is almost a non issue which is refreshing for a female character.
His performance was perfectly pitched, he was clearly enjoying it himself and his sense of timing was brilliant. Best of all though is the fact that Wil Wheaton is actually mentioned in the story itself, he is part of the world. Hearing Wil Wheaton talk about Wil Wheaton just made me smile!
I found the relationship between the Japanese brothers particularly moving, it's explained in more detail towards the end of the book and I found Shoto's talk with Wade in his fortress one of the best scenes in the whole book.
I read this because there was a lot of hype around it. In some ways I was a bit disappointed. It was far from an incredible read and I don't really get why some people consider it one of their favourite books.It was definitely enjoyable and I have rated it highly. It's a fast paced treasure hunt that I found very difficult to put down. In fact I kind of resented that I had to stop listening to it to work and sleep and talk to people. I really really wanted to know what was going to happen next and it was a very engaging read, even for someone with very little video game knowledge.However I wasn't hugely attached to any of the characters. Apart from the main character there wasn't a huge amount of character progression. The baddies are somewhat one dimensional and I found it difficult to believe that they had sufficient motivation for some of their actions. I just wasn't that attached. Possibly someone more into geek culture would get more out of this.
This is the first time I've not managed to finish a book in a quite a while. I just couldn't stand listening to the awful writing any longer. It's clearly aimed at children or at teenagers at the most. There's only so much 'cool', 'rad', 'mega' type hyperboles I can handle in a book. The nail in the coffin had to be the part when 'people started hanging around us because our arguments were so 'crazy'. The whole thing was childish to the extreme. I noticed the book received a lot of good reviews, hence why I bought it. If you like books that are well written (and I'm the first person to know that sci if books leave a lot to be desired in this respect all too often) then this book will drive you mad.
Aimed it at the over 18s
I just don't like North American narrators. It doesn't help that the story is written for the younger folk, and I think the North American accent accentuates that fact.
"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.
What a gripping story, and performance! So sit back and enjoy a real underdog adventure as Wil Wheaton transports you to the nearest audible equivalent to the Oasis!
"An Absolute rollercoaster of a book!"
This book had me gripped from the start, it has everything that a good sci-fi novel should have!
Easily enters the top of my recommended reading list. Certainly one I shall be passing down to my children and grandchildren.
Huge respect for Wil Wheaton on the narration, he does a stellar job of conveying the feelings of the characters and keeping the listening gripping hour after hour
Great Narration and fantastic story, perfect for my generation (40somethings) and anyone who likes great retro references and a gamer/geek story..
Being older and having a historical disliking of `ol Wesley, I was sceptical. Admittedly I've seen him more recently on TV/social media etc. He's growing on me... TBH though I thought he nailed this narration, great addition to the story...and he get's to name-drop himself :)
Yes, to my wife's annoyance.
Worried they'll trash the story in the new film....fingers crossed.
Really enjoyable story, great escape for a few hours, keeps you hooked and entertained, great narration , would recommend to all ages
"(Enders Game + vintage culture) - depth"
I blasted through this book and loved the choice of narrator (perfect for the whole tone of the work).
It's easy reading/listening, and peppered with references and details that chime with anyone in their 30s or 40s, making it a treat to follow. The protagonist is a child, to whom the culture we are so familiar with, is history. His world is a convincing future and his experience is believable.
I mention Enders Game in the title, as the story takes you through a linear narrative, but in the end I couldn't give this book 5 stars, as it fell short of the world twisting conclusion of EG.
It's a good book, and such fun, with moments that made my heart ache (memories of being a geeky teen myself), but it's not a truly great book.
"Brilliant 80's nostalgia"
I'm really looking forward to seeing what Spielberg does with this. Especially some of the "boss" battles.
This is a great book for anyone who has a hankering for reliving their 80's childhood
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