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Ready Player One | [Ernest Cline]

Ready Player One

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Evelyn Hussain, Miss 03-05-15
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    "Entertaining. Feast for the imagination."
    Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The origami scene, inspired by the movie 'Bladerunner'.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Log in. For the win.


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    David 02-03-15
    David 02-03-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Fabulous book. I have listened to this many times."

    Fabulous book. I have listened to this many times. It cheers me up. The hero against all odds.

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    Pete Johns 01-22-15
    Pete Johns 01-22-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Love it!"

    If you are a geek, love retro 80s pop culture, or both, you'll love it too. Wil Wheaton's performance is just gravy.

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    Adam 01-18-15
    Adam 01-18-15
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    "loved it"

    I especially loved Will's rendition of The Holy Gail. the story had so many references to 80s pop culture and early video game history that I was constantly reliving my childhood.

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    Mark 01-16-15
    Mark 01-16-15
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    "Captivating"
    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    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.


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    Aaron Singapore, Singapore 01-01-15
    Aaron Singapore, Singapore 01-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it."

    Had everything a guy who grew up in the 80s loving sci-fi and games could want.

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    Tracy 10-09-14
    Tracy 10-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging Sci-Fi Fun"

    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.

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    Briggsy 09-06-14
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    "Enjoyable romp through my teenage gaming history"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes especially to my friends of a similar age. Lots of 80's references.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wade was a star, enjoyed the plot to get to the last gate.


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought the narration was excellent. Kept me engaged through out the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not really but that is not to the detriment of the book


    Any additional comments?

    What I am going to listen now. I couldn't put this down.

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    H3000 Cape Town, South Africa 02-14-14
    H3000 Cape Town, South Africa 02-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Like a 12 year old first watching The Goonies"
    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    Immersive, descriptive imagery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The massive scale.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Something terrible. Because a movie will water this book down and leave it a tepid, lame version of the original.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome.

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    Jean-Miguel Mortdale, Australia 02-01-14
    Jean-Miguel Mortdale, Australia 02-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect narrator for the perfect geek story"
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    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

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    "An absolute joy for 80s geeks"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    Yes I do, I have both - buying the book so I could read/listen in tandem. The audio version was exceptional.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I found excuses to drive and find quiet time to get through the book. Brilliant!


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  • Josiahrob
    7/22/15
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    "Virtual Reality in audio form."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but Will Wheaton's performance of the book makes me expect so.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    Vivid descriptions of the world inside and outside of the Oaisis.


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

    No, but after this, I want to.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Virtual Reality just got Real.


    Any additional comments?

    Every time I had to stop the audio I couldn't wait to switch it back on.

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  • Jolli4688
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    "Guilty Pleasure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Art3mis... Talk about dedication & playing hard to get!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    No SPLOILERS, you'll have to read to find your own.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Welcome to the Oasis


    Any additional comments?

    Cheesy as hell but great.

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  • MR JAMES HARRISON
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    "Brilliant brilliant brilliant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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'


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    It's a truly gripping tale - i'd find myself making excuses to go to bed and listen to it - even during the day


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    Will Wheaton does a great job

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  • JL
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    "Great book"

    But a bit too much game descriptions for my taste. Great research, though, and great performance.

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  • RICH
    7/20/15
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    "Unexpected modern classic"
    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    1980's action adventure


    What did you like best about this story?

    initially the retro style but the action soon takes over


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favourite?

    Wade


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    revenge of the nerds


    Any additional comments?

    great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. Tatem-wyatt
    7/20/15
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    "A brilliant story, expertly narrated."
    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Ready Player One to, and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favourite?

    No spoilers, but he obviously had a lot of fun with a certain intelligence-challenged user of a technical support hotline.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Steven
    7/17/15
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    "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?

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  • J F Hooper
    7/13/15
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    "Outstanding Romp!"

    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.

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  • A Jenkins
    Wales, UK
    7/13/15
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    "Hooked from the beginning to end"

    Great story, lots of twists and turns throughout and read wonderfully by Will, would recommend to any geek

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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