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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"a great journey through video game history."
a great way to reminisce about a lifetime of video games. brilliantly narrated by Wheaton. it brought a story to life that was in reality, quire flimsy.
"An interesting and enjoyable story"
many books these days are heavy and intellectually challenging, well I like to listern for entertainment and interest, and this book did just that, colourful, action packed and fun with some darkness, great job !
"gripped from chapter one"
fantastic book. this was supposed to be my driving companion on my daily commute, a couple of hours each way but I couldnt wait so ended up finishing in two days.
Will Wheaton is absolutely amazing as a narrator,as always. the story is a bit childish at times,but very interesting nevertheless - highly recommended!
"Brill nostalgia loaded fun read!"
A fantastic fun read, filled with lots of nostalgic pop culture references making it resonate with anyone who grew up playing computer games in the eighties.
Amazing, a great book. A must for the 80's generation but also gamers of today.
"Best I've listened to - loved it!"
Thoroughly enjoyed this book by Ernest Cline which exceeded my already high expectations. Loved the references to the 80s which struck a chord with my childhood and was impressed with the tension sustained towards the end. Will Wheaton did a great job too.
An enjoyable read, maybe a little slow to get going but plenty of self-chuckles and good pace once things get going. Feel/good read for all ages, you don't need to have lived thru the 80's to get the most out of this book.
"Always meant to read it, didn't disappoint."
The choice of narrator was perfect, especially in a certain part of the book (no spoilers).
Great story with lots of trivia too. Loved it.
"Just straight up amazing!"
What a fantastic book! Once I was mid way through chapter 1 I was hooked, Cline does a great job of not adding unnecessary detail and filler and the narration by Wil Wheaton was perfect, his tempo and inflection add so much depth to the story. Now if only there was a follow up!!
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