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
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
Yes. Will take you back to the good old days and will make you think about what could be
Laught and reminissed
Best audio book I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Diddnt want it to end.
"Dont need this up Spielberg."
great story, great narration. the 19 hrs just flew by. just read or listen. a gamers must.
The book was well read, with no pause to add narrator voices , stuck to the book and made it perfect and most of all the book was fantastic so before you read it, just ask are you ready player one😊
This book is absolutely incredible. Highly recommend everyone to give this a try, even if you are not a gamer or a movie lover. This book is even better when you have the great Will Wheaton narrating it.
Best book ever for that geeky gamer .
Takes you back to the 80s when videos games were for gamers
"A Marvellous Nostalgafest"
Cline paint a rich and believable near future for a teen audience that any genXer can't help but love. Classic good guys vs some nasty pieces of work who just want to suck the fun out everything. A coming of age story taking the best of virtual worlds culture and 80's nostalgia to the limits read perfectly by the only person who possibly could. Grab this, it'll be the best credit you've ever spent ;)
"was ok, if a bit predictable"
the performance is solid, but the whole story was predictable and just felt like it was pandering to modern geek culture rather than concentrating on the story. but was fairly enjoyable.
This is probably in the top 2 of audiobooks I've listened to. It was truly outstanding, the narration was superb and the story dragged you in and didn't let you go.
The author makes the entire book thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Making you engage with the characters so that you are willing them to succeed.
Nothing, Wil Wheaton was perfect.
An outstanding book from start to finish, in fact I'm mourning the fact that I've finished it. Definitely one I will listen to again.
"Great story well read!"
Long story short loved it! The story was enough to keep me hooked but throw in the 80s and 'nerd culture' references and it goes from good to great!
"Where there's a Wil (Wheaton)...."
Excellent...geeky and original...superbly narrated by Wil Wheaton...highly recommended for popular culture geeks and lovers of original storytelling alike
A story I'd heard so much about and I loved every last part of it.
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