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
This was an incredible book, with both the writing and performance being top-class. I have never read a book much like this, yet I was deeply thrown into the story and really felt for the characters and the world around them.
I would recommend this book to those of you have ever had any interest in computing, retro gaming and retro film. It really is a 80s pop-culture book with an incredible setting and back story.
To be honest, I was upset when the book ended. The only question that came to my mind was: Where is the sequel?!
Hopefully one might be made soon... I know Ernest Cline hasn't ruled it out yet!
I don't think I would have chosen this book had it not been a recommendation from someone after I had read Andy Weir's 'The Martian'. While the setting is very different the heart of the story is similar with the main character struggling to solve problems.
Wil Wheaton gave a fantastic performance and while at the start I associated his voice as his own I quickly became to hear it as the characters'.
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!
This is without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read/listened to ever. It doesn't matter if you was lived through the 80's or born after it, as long as you have attempts least a mild interest in 80's films, TV, games or music you will absolutely adore this book for what it is. The storyline is captivating from the start, and involves a very unique and impressive arch that will keep you gripped from start to finish. There wasn't a single point that made me want to stop listening and would have finished it all in one day if I to spare. The book is only made better by the narration by Wil Wheaton. In conclusion, a must read for anyone interested in this in these topics!
"Awesome story set in an awesome world"
Gotta say, I was enthralled for every minute of those 15 hours, which I have to say is no small feat.
While Will Wheaton isn't the best narrator, he does definitely bring the story to life (thanks mostly to the astounding, all be it trope ridden, writing)
All in all an excellent listen
"A cyberpunk novel for the geeks of today."
Yes, an immersive story that really makes you care for the protagonist and his friends.
Wade's best friend H. A brilliantly put together character and a brilliant lancer for Wade.
The finale was a classic movie ending. Villain defeated, heroes triumphant and and the hero gets the girl, but with modern lessons.
Remember the 80s? Hope you studied.
Couldn't stop listening. Great humour and brilliant trivia, though I wasn't familiar with some of the trivia. Wil Wheaton certainly has a talent for voice acting and I'd hope he had a great time recording the aubiobook.
I can't believe how.much I enjoyed that. And how geeky I am!
definitely worth a listen for anyone who lived througbh the 80s with nerd tendencies.
"good listen Wether you're an 80's nerd or not"
this was a very good listen. although I didn't get all the 80s references I'm sure it didn't stop me enjoying the book.
the pacing was a bit slow at times but the story made up for it.
I loved this book. It is the first audiobook I have listened to and I wish it hadn't ended. I drive long distances with work and would find I would drive round the block even once I'd arrived at my destination, just so I could finish the chapter. Superb book
Absolutely brilliant, could not put it down. Didn't want it to end. Definitely recommend to anyone
Great in depth knowledge of 1980s pop and early computer culture
Loved the two main characters, Parsifal and Art3mis
all flows well
First audio book I have finished and in about 4 days! Will wheaton was amazing
This book was amazing from start to finish. Well worth downloading if I do say so myself
loved all the 80s nostalgia. Will Weaton does a great job narrating. Never got through an audio book do quickly.
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