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Ready Player One Audiobook

Ready Player One

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Did you love the ‘80s? Because Ernest Cline’s sci-fi video game epic sure does. Chock full of references to almost every facet of pop culture from that decade, Ready Player One is an excellent example of a hero’s journey that uses a treasure-hunting narrative to frame the concepts of celebrity, privacy, and control, and posits the question, “What is reality?” Narrator Wil Wheaton does a superb job (as always), and his sci-fi background lends his performance a lot of credibility as computer-nerd-turned-superstar Wade Watts (yes, the familiar alliteration is intentional). —Chris

Publisher's Summary

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.

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of 10,000 planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune - and remarkable power - to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved - that of the late 20th century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt - among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life - and love - in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

©2011 Ernest Cline (P)2011 Random House Audio

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What the Critics Say

"Ready Player One is the ultimate lottery ticket." (New York Daily News)

“An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline’s imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe.” (Booklist)

"This adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom, a quest through a virtual world, is loaded with enough 1980s nostalgia to please even the most devoted John Hughes fans… sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Eric Isbell 02-10-17
    Eric Isbell 02-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Too much nostalgic name dropping"

    So much of this book was nostalgia that it became overbearring. So much that the author comes off as THAT Guy at the comic shop bragging about his old/obscure collection. It buries the story, which is otherwise enjoyable. But it is 3 parts name dropping to 1 part storytelling. The dialogue is repetitive and uninspired, full of cliched catch phrases. The worst part is that if these were removed, the story would not work. Wil Wheaton's performance as narrator was well done. And, quite frankly, it was the only reason I was able to finish the complete book.

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    Amazon Customer 02-10-17
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    "My first foray into audio books was fantastic!"

    I've never listened to an audio book before, but I struck gold right out of the gate. Ready Player One is a fantastic story that will keep you engaged the entire ride. Wil Wheaton does a wonderful job as narrator. I highly recommend.

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    "great book"

    The story is great, never a dull moment and Will did a great job narrating.

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    Aaron J. Luth 02-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing "

    I love this book I don't find many books I like but this one is now my number one

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    Ben Martin 02-09-17
    Ben Martin 02-09-17
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    "This is pandering, poorly written, trash."
    Would you try another book from Ernest Cline and/or Wil Wheaton?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Ernest Cline’s story?

    It isn't a story. Everything he's done is stolen or regurgitated. There is not growth, detail, or narrative. He just name-drops a bunch of things in order to get people to think they're cool for reading it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Mispronounces words.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and disgust that this is what passes for literature.


    Any additional comments?

    This should never have been published.

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    Ross H. 02-09-17
    Ross H. 02-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Makes you realize how geeky you really are!"

    Outstanding! Not only do the references cause longing for the eighties, the story and plot are excellent. Throw in a good love story and epic battle and it's an epic book.

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    Nate Smith 02-09-17
    Nate Smith 02-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Too preachy to be fun"

    As a true gamer I have a lot of problems with this book. If there was said to be a secret coded into the game, people would have quickly taken apart the code to find the location code of the "secret item" and there...end of story. Also, this book was crazy preachy, I get it, the author doesn't like organized religion but it is unnecessary to jam it down my throat to the point of it becoming distracting while trying to listen to the book. Finally I have a hard time listening to Whil Wheaton for an extended period of time.

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    NiceDrewishFella 02-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A Masterpiece"

    I had heard some good murmurings about this book, I am ashamed to say I have not yet read it (I will now).

    Ready Player One has to be one of the greatest, most entertaining stories I have ever had the privilege to listen to and be engaged with. If, like me, you were a child of the 80s and a fan of pop culture and gaming, this is a must-read. Cline works in so many references to games, books, and movies organically into the story in a way that blends nostalgia with suspense and a strong plot. O found myself solving the puzzles along with Wade Watts, the protagonist, and even solved quite a few of them before he did with my own nerd knowledge. The story is fast paced and unpredictable, engaging and interesting throughout.

    Wil Wheaton was the perfect choice to narrate this brilliant story. His tone and inflection is perfect, he does a good job with character voices without going over the top. His passion for the subject matter is clearly evident throughout. See if you can spot where Cline mentions Wil in the story!

    Highly recommend. The perfect audio book.

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    Rondal 02-09-17
    Rondal 02-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great 80's Gamers Fantasy Trip, I so want to play"

    Fun story live all the 80's movies and games. I grew up on them and got to think about being a kid again at times enjoying this story. As much as I enjoyed story it was a gift of memories to my childhood too. So glad you wrote this, thank you.

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    J. Sullivan Algonquin, IL 02-09-17
    J. Sullivan Algonquin, IL 02-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun listen."

    I chose this book on a recommendation from a friend as an alternate from the business books and biographies I usually listen to on Audible. It did not disappoint. I'd describe it as Matrix meets Hunger Games. lots of great '80s pop culture references. I'm not, nor ever was, a gamer, but the book was entertaining. Recommended, especially before the movie comes out (scheduled for 2018 release).

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