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Ready Player One Audiobook

Ready Player One

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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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    BungleBum74 Charlotte, NC USA 09-27-17
    BungleBum74 Charlotte, NC USA 09-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Meh"

    Will is an awesome guy, but not that great a narrator. Sort of flat and I often couldn't tell when he switched characters.
    Story was pretty corny and totally predictable.
    It felt "written to be a movie"...which I guess author reached his goal.

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    "Very overrated and disappointing"

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    If you think you would like to listen to someone describing playing a video game and at times, playing a video game within a video game....then this audiobook is definitely for you. I was so disappointed in this selection. Undoubtedly, my expectations were set too high due to the high praise it receives.

    In addition, I grew up in the 80's, so I was excited to experience that part of the story that really hits on the nostalgia. It was okay, but it got to the point where the 80's references seemed like they were just thrown in for the sake of making the reference. At times, it didn't tie in with the story/plot.

    Lastly, this really felt like a part of a "young adult" series. As was mentioned, I grew up in the 80's so "young adult" is not me.

    I only got into audiobooks since 2013ish, but I've been diving in and buying and listening to as many as I can. This is probably one of the worst purchases for me. Just my opinion. Thought folks would appreciate (even if it goes against popular opinion).

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    perrylenora 09-27-17
    perrylenora 09-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome for any age!"

    Great book especially for kids from the 70-80s. Fast paced and very smartly conceived! ❤️👾👾👾👾❤️❤️

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    Eli Juicy Jones Seattle, WA, US 09-27-17
    Eli Juicy Jones Seattle, WA, US 09-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wil Wheaton is great, but this is a terrible book."

    I absolutely loved Wil Wheaton, he was energetic, perfectly clear, had a great pace, good voice variety, and everything about his performance was good, really.

    The problem is that this book is so shallow and mindless, it's no wonder why it's next up for an expensive Speilberg treatment from Hollywood.

    It sometimes feels like literally every sentence is more a string of cliches than actual writing, and the main character only shows us a life of a little boy's wish fulfillment, the male gaze, memorizing things and ritualized bullying.

    The premise is that if you spend all your life memorizing this one other guy's life, you'll win a lot of money and pretty much nothing else except control over other users on the internet. Its a nightmare really, a main character so clueless being in charge of, well, anything. He's not even a nice person, he constantly judges his friends and engages them in their huge game of collective bullying.

    The love interest has a completely baffling change in personality, going from a total badass with a huge following, to a Bizzarro version of herself at the end where she transforms into a Japanese male fantasy anime girl, complete with averted eyes. I could not believe it.

    It's really bad. Go read Snow Crash again and save yourself the time.

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    Robert Burnett Kansas City, Missouri USA 09-27-17
    Robert Burnett Kansas City, Missouri USA 09-27-17 Member Since 2012
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    "great read Will Wheaton rocks!"

    This was a story I didn't want to end. narration was superb Will made the story come alive.

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    "The best book ever!!!!!!!!!!"

    Better book ever than anything on Bob voter cuff effect sesshomaru unhappy friends Yokohama the r

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    Prowdy Jack CLOVERDALE, OREGON, US 09-27-17
    Prowdy Jack CLOVERDALE, OREGON, US 09-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Just wow"

    So good, lots of twists, puzzles and references. it's so relatable it makes me want to have my own oasis account.

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    "Great story and excellent narration!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and narration presented here. The author did a great job piecing together geek culture references inside a grim story that is frighteningly plausible.

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    Matt 09-27-17
    Matt 09-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent fantasy."

    Not a complaint in the world. It's everything I hoped for and more. Writing this after my third play through.

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    "Almost a Great Book!"

    A great book! If the author had a bit more realistic understanding of behavioral economics and didn't inject atheism, and liberal politics, would have been 5 stars!

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