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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,412
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,169

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

I WANT MORE!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-11

Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

Yes, and I have twice now. I think I will start it again soon.

What did you like best about this story?

I like everything the best. I grew up in the 80s and this book spoke to the foundation of everything that made me happy when I was a kid. I want to get in to the Oasis.

What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is referenced in the book a few times and it has this like, meta joy when the real Wheaton reads about the Wheaton who is a political figure in the Oasis. It seems like Will is hanging out in my living room, reading the book out loud. I love it. So much geek cred.

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,322

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not perfect, but worth a listen.

  • By ShySusan on 10-01-11

Good but too long.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-11

What did you love best about Reamde?

What I loved most about REAMDE was that it glanced off of things I care about; like family, guns, World of Warcraft, being a bad @$%, and the real value of things that aren't real.

  • Swordspoint

  • A Melodrama of Manners
  • By: Ellen Kushner
  • Narrated by: Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,079

On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, Deadly, Sexy Sword Fights and Manners

  • By Jefferson on 01-01-12

AHHHHHH What? Wheres the rest of it?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-11

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

There was only character who evolved and so there was only one character I cared about. He didn't get an ending. Why was so much time and promise put in to a character who was just going to be shoved off and forgotten about. The story, and the ending, otherwise was great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The fight between the sword instructor (Applewhite I think) and Richard was fantastic. It was the right thing to really push Michael's store forward; to bad it didn't.

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