At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?
it was really good - but I almost never listen again to nonfiction
Who was your favorite character and why?
gotta say - the narrator!
What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
the youthful exuberance inherent in the writing
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
definitely - but life does tend to get in the way
Any additional comments?
if the other 3000 reviews haven't gotten you to get this book yet, nothing I can say will tip the scale - too bad, it was very nicely done.
The saga of two young friends trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion and surveillance, of cyber-programmed servants and a ruling class with century-long lives – and the enigmatic woman who dominates them all.
This is an interesting world, and the ideas at play in this book are fascinating. The idea of politics being played in some future, where the rules of the game are pretty similar to today, was interesting only in seeing how the characters internalize the game. There are questions about value and your value as compared to the others around you. What makes a person special, or just Azi. And some ideas were wonderful, for instance I do wish I could just go in and get new tape, so I could do a new job or learn a special skill.
At the beginning of the book I was a little worried it would all be politics, but as the characters develop I was mesmerized. My husband on the other hand just never cared... so while I get why it was a Hugo Award winning, my husband didn't get it :o)
I do recommend this book if you love science fiction and have some time, as it's a long one.
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A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....
My third Jo Nesbo/Harry Hole novel, and so far I think it's the best. I am excited to read the next few books. The story is complex, there are several themes, the obvious one of the murders and who done it, then the politics of the police and what's going on there, then lastly Harry's life and relationships with those living and dead. These themes are woven together into what was a wonderful read. I do think this book could be read independently of the other/earlier books, but it did help to have read the Redbreast and even Nemisis (though that one was hard to listen to).
It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....
This was a very interesting story. Overall I completely enjoyed this book. But, that said, it was a little confusing. Going back and forth in time, and all the names to keep up with. I had to get onto Wiki to figure out who was who at one point, as I has lost the characters names. I don't often get lost in books in that way, I have been busy in my real life and maybe it was only hard because of life... but, again, it was a little confusing to listen to. I think I may have enjoyed reading it, as it's easier to follow names if you're reading them.
All this said, I love Harry Hole, he is a great character and Jo Nesbo's writing style is wonderful. This is the first Jo Nesbo book I have read and I am onto the rest. A really great story and a great storyteller.
Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.
Ok, it seems that the other reviewer were correct. I think if I had heard Thor Knai first, it wouldn't have been so bad, but I didn't, I listened to The Redbreast first and Robin Sachs is really really good. The biggest problem was the switching between some sort of Norwegian accent, a Texas accent, plain American accent, back to a poor German accent. These accents really were problematic because they sort of took you out of the story. If it had been read in a plain American accent it would have been fine.
The story was really good. As long as I could sort of disconnect from the voice and just listen to the words I liked it. But, this may be a good one to read yourself.
"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...
I fell directly into this book and it carried by the whole way through. I really enjoy the character Kvothe, and his epic journey. He does seem to be able to do everything, but he isn't perfect, he fails at times, he is humbled. But, there is humor, interesting insights, and a fun story. I recommend.
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This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.
It took me a while to get into this story. But, once I did, I really enjoyed it. It's the hero's journey and the writer does a good job bringing in humor and excitement. I would recommend.
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Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.
I think I said it all in the headline. I seriously love this book, I enjoy the characters, and the story.
As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.
Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.
I enjoyed Tana French's writing style. I also really enjoyed the story. Some people haven't liked that the first part of the story about Ryan isn't resolved with an answer, but I don't see that it needed to be. I think it was really about the trauma and how in some ways it locked him in a adolescent stage, affecting his judgements, to include his judgements of Rosalind and Cassie, both adolescent. Based on the outcome of the second part of the story, the first part just couldn't ever be connected, and life often doesn't connect all the dots.
Three daughters and their husbands are pulled into a tangle of love, jealousy, and fear when their father, Larry Cook, grows too old to manage the family's fertile thousand-acre farm. As each couple struggles with their own tragedies and challenges, they know their father is judging them in light of the weighty inheritance that hovers within their reach.
I can see why this was a award winner, it's all the patho's of human relationships. I read it for a book group and I didn't finish it, I just quit caring. I didn't like any of the characters and they were living lives that I wouldn't wish to share for any amount of time. I didn't like Shakespeare's version any better, for what it's worth.
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