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Ready Player One Audiobook

Ready Player One

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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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    Great story. Easy listen. Maybe a little too predictable. But very entertaining, suspenseful and fun to hear all of the 80s lore.

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    As someone who grew up with the pop culture greatness that this book touched on, I definitely enjoyed this amazing story with glee and a sense of adventure I haven't felt since I was a kid.

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    I loved this entire story. even time I had to put it down I cringed. Well done Mr. Cline.

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    "If you're a gamer"

    I only played games when the ability to play first came out. I played Zelda and Tetras and a few others. I was a young mom then and mostly my son played games. This book would b a must read for any real gamer. It made me want to play the games he talked about and watch the old movies! Some parts had too much explanation for me but I still really enjoyed the book

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    Victor Rasky Clarksville, TN United States 01-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    Just wanted to say that this was a very entertaining and interesting story. I recommend that if you like good story telling and games of all types, then you need to get this book.

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    "amazing book, amazing author, amazing narrator."

    will wheaton was perfect to read this book. I've read this book several times and now have listened to it on audible. I love sitting back and listening to this epic adventure

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    fun story and performed so well by the narrator, great fun and went by fast

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    Most classic gamers will definitely appreciate this book. It's especially funny when you get to the user council elections. XD

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    "Became addicted, cried, and loved this book!"

    Fantastic, amazing, life changing book that is an inspiration for the future of science and technology.

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