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
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?
I'd never heard of this book until a week ago, when I read that Steven Spielberg would be making it into a movie. So I looked it up and was amazed at how I ever could have missed something that is so far up my alley, it's crazy.
This is a book for the nerds. Those who love MMO games, who grew up playing Atari and old PC games and also anyone who lived in or loved the 80s. It's a love letter to all of those things that made my childhood great. Many of the references are of things that were before my time, but not so far before that I couldn't get swept up in the beautiful nostalgic chaos of it all.
For the purposes of this review, the plot centres around a major treasure hunt inside a simulated reality that presents challenges to its participants in the form of all the things previously mentioned. Wheaton's narration is excellent and you can tell he loved every minute of performing. For those that are familiar with him, he is one of the very nerds this book was written for.
Anyone who loves video games and 80s pop culture MUST listen to this stroke of genius. Now, where's a sequel!
"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.
I loved this book, I've really struggled to get into reading again. This fixed it.
"Not just a Geek Paradise"
I did wonder what awaited me with this book. So many Pop cultural and sci fi references could have been out of my time. But being a child of the 70s who lived through all of the references in the story I am both lucky and delighted with end product.
I don't think the author missed anything. The setting is excellently created. Main characters likeable enough that they aren't forced. The story has a pace and a detail in the mystery that makes you want to finish it.
Didn't expect to like this as much as I did, I'm not normally a fan of sci-fi, but this was very entertaining and full of 80s nostalgia. Even if you aren't interested in that side of things, it's still a gripping story.
Having said that, I found it a little predictable in places but the enjoyment and storyline held up throughout. Despite the negatives, it still revived 5 stars from me. Would recommend to any soft sci-fi fan or anybody seeking 80s nostalgia... Or anybody who classes themselves as even vaguely geeky. To be honest, I'd recommend it to most people!
"Ready Player One"
Dude! How gnarly can a book be? This totally rocks. But seriously, I could not put this down ...I've lost 2 nights sleep and the day between. Such a clever idea.
I've got to listen again as I'm fairly certain that there is a hidden message in the recording ...odd words seem to be missing, and others are spoken by a different voice...
"I couldn't stop listening!"
Brilliant, brilliant story performed so well by Wil Wheaton. all the 80's references reminded me of my childhood and I just loved it even though I don't play video games!
"What a book! Loved it!"
This book is incredible! A joy to listen too. Wil Weaton reading is excellent. Splendid!
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