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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"minor annoyances, overall very enjoyable"
it's one thing to list the entire scoreboard in the book over and over. people don't have to read the entries ome by one. I found I got distracted from the story sometimes by the narrator reading everything on the page. even for pages that surely only needed a brief glance. apart from that I thoroughly enjoyed it. book was quite... basic I guess? but it's a fun story. and relevant
"A tapestry woven from the threads of my life"
What a great book this is. As a child of the mid 70's through 80's I must have known and loved 90% of the popular culture referenced in this book. It brings a sense of belonging and involvement in a hugely fantastical story that I can't even fully articulate.
The story is great; twists and turns in all the right places, inventive, funny, engrossing and touching. Despite being pure science fantasy it remains completely believable.
Will Wheaton brings the story to life- he's an excellent and hugely likeable narrator and a true geek himself, you know he just gets every minute of this tale too. Engaging, fun performance.
Can't fault this one bit in any way and it's been my favourite audible purchase by far. I've barely stopped listening to it from start to finish.
Get this, you will love it.
Easily one of the best books I've "read" and Will's performance is perfect. Enough said.
brilliant for all, gamers especially those who like 80s ish games will really enjoy all the references
"best in years"
I decided to try this as I didn't know what I fancied using my credit on, I am so glad i chose this book. Will Wheaton is perfect as the narrator. the story is gripping from beginning to end. I am looking forward to the sequel. I finished it quite quickly as I listened to it when I normally wouldn't have anything on. highly recommended, the best book I have read in a couple of years.
"fun but the story was predictable at times"
good narration and was fun to listen to overall but the story was largely similar to 'sword art online' a Japanese novel, and thought was not very original.
some of the big twist you could see coming too but still had a few surprises.
fun to listen to but prob won't re-read at any point
"A bad first novel: for the author that is, not us!"
Very much close to the top, either in first or second position. I listen in hour-long chunks in the gym and the first hour was difficult to judge whether I would like it or not - very heavy on describing details. But very soon I found myself being drawn in by the surprisingly effective mix of near-future absolutely dripping with 1980's culture and subculture references. The author is either obviously very much taken with the 80s - the music, the television shows, movies and the various subcultures - or he really really very good of convincing us of that. Either way it was impressively executed.
I can't think of a direct comparison.
Probably the protagonist, Wade. On the plus side I found Wil's narration very engaging - the dramatic delivery was very engaging (especially the chat session between Zee and Art3mis - you'll know the one - where I actually had to stop what I was doing just to just listen to it) and Wil's timbre and pitch was thoroughly enjoyable. On the downside Wil struggled with differentiating between male and female voices. Given the choice, I'm definitely happy with the way he narrates.
When there is only one prize, how do you play the game of your life?
Why bad for the author? Simply because once you've created something that ticks so many boxes, you have to keep doing so - everything else will be judged against it. It is a hard standard to live up to. I hope Ernest Cline does so as he is clearly a storyteller with something to say.
Favourite narrators: Peter Kenny for his ability to wash away the stress of the day; RC Bray for a voice that sounds like your best friend telling the best story ever; Wil Wheaton for the ability to deliver a story where I have no option but to stop what I'm doing and just listen.
Absolutely fantastic book and performance by Will. Loved it so kuch. Got many of the references although not all. a nerd dream!
"Took me back to the future!"
Loved this book it was great and only enhanced by going to work and having Steven Spielberg filming scenes from the upcoming movie next to my office!
"awesome for gaming, '80s, sci fi and fantasy fans"
And brilliantly narrated by Will Wheaton. This would make a great movie. Looking / hoping Ernest Cline has written more.
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