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
Engaging storyline with great characters. Pulls in all the touch points for those of us who grew up through the 80s but modern enough for those who missed it as well.
Let the Wookiee win.
Ready Player One is my ALL TIME favourite read. After reading this I ordered 4 copies of the hard cover book to give to my friends and I have NEVER done that before. Each friend in turn sent me txt's "ZOMG This book is amazing!"
This books takes you to all of those things that were cool when we were growing up and gives you the fantasy you dreamed about as a kid.
I'm just going to park my hover-De Lorean right next to this X-Wing!
They were all fantastic, I can't choose one.
Definitely to some introspection early in the third act and the finale was fantastic
If you read science-fiction, if you watch science fiction, if you grew up in the 80's and played Pacman at the local arcade, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!
Yes yes yes, it's a great sifi story with ideas about a dark future and of course some young heros
The brilliant story and fantastic narration
He's just very very good as doing this I hope he's well paid and I hope more he continues
I laughed frequently and there were sad parts as well
Thanks more please like this i would hadv paid 2 credits for this much enjoyment
Imaginative, engaging, fun
The best part about the story was its plausibility and Ernest Cline's easy style. It reminded me of Rick Riordan's easy and accessible style (refer Percy Jackson series), but this book had a sense of plausibility to it (despite the fantastic scene setting).
Obviously, Wade (the main character). Wil Wheaton's narration was first class, btw.
Nup. This was a pretty cruisy listen. A pop corn sci fi but really well written and researched.
This is a fun listen to a book which is well researched and written. The good thing was the innovative scene setting. Perhaps it could have focussed even more on the negative aspects of video gaming addicts, but that's not the purpose of this book.
Yeh I'd give them a shot but I wouldn't expect depth from Cline. Wheaton was a great narrator - he was perfect for the job.
The VR world was cool and the idea of being able to explore so many worlds.
The least interesting parts where the info dumps. So many info dumps!
He was really enthusiastic and got into the story a lot. Very good performance.
It would be good if it examined itself a bit more so if that were to happen I'd give a sequel a shot.
Definitely not self aware enough. I find it hard to believe that a few decades on from now we'd be so utterly obsessed with the 80s that we'd build and ENTIRE UNIVERSE dedicated to it. I get it that this book was meant to be a fun romp back into the 80s but it neglected the future aspect of the story a lot. The implications of a society SO stuck in the past - what about the present? What about all those NEW games, books, movies, music vidoes and TV shows?
-- side note - the author likes LISTS a LOT - it got mega irritating him saying "games, books, movies, music vidoes and TV shows" about a hundred times as if he was trying to meet a word count. Give it a rest already!
Anywho...it felt like...this book used all the high tech stuff as just an excuse to go back to the 80s and have a giant nerd-gasm about 8bit arcade games 'faded Space Invaders tees'. While it was a fun adventure with some pretty good characters, I felt it ultimately too shallow for my tastes.
"Hanging on every word"
An absolute joy. Wheaton was as good as you would expect from a proffessional actor.. Pop culture refernces had me smiling from ear to ear. Next stop Neuromancer
"great book, strong performance"
a fun and enthralling tale. Wheatons performance is good, but no distinction between characters, which is sometimes confusing
"The only book I've ever read"
the story is pretty straight forward and simple to others I've seen in the cinema and from other books/ideas but I loved the way it was told and all the 80's references. It made the story unique and special
"How can anyone not give this 5*"
It is so good
full of pop culture references that you don't even need to get to enjoy it
The worlds both real and virtual are so well made and thought out
"Excellent and immersive book!"
I'm always a little apprehensive about choosing a new book, and so usually go for a highly rated title or author. And this approach paid off in a big way! This is by far the best listen I've experienced on Audible so far. I suppose it helps that I love the subject matter, and am a huge Star Trek geek. I will certainly be exploring mor books by Ernest Cline and Wil Wheaton.
If you like a bit of sci fi geekdom then this book is for you. Made me want to always listen a bit longer.
"A "superb" river of words"
You won't be disappointed. To sum up this incredibly amazing book in one word - W.O.W.
"outstanding story and thought provoking syfy"
listened to this twice now and hugely enjoyed it both times
great story and very well read
on top of that its a really intelligent exploration of several ideas about near-ish future VR which I haven't hear addressed before, both appealing and repulsive...
...thought provoking and fun, what more could you ask for?
"Great book, loved it"
As the title suggests, I loved this book, I have it anyway but was curious about the audio book, Will nailed it
Really enjoyed this one. Cline has an easy writing style and the nostalgia for old games had me searching for arcade emulators so I could join in. Wil Wheaton is fantastic as narrator and I hope he does more books like this one.
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