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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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    My all time favorite book has been dethroned. My all time has been moved to #3 and Ready Player One takes the #1 AND #2 spots.

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    A collection of 80s references, unbearable platitudes, flat characters, painfully predictable situations, and a story borrowed from Willy Wonka, The Last Starfighter, and teenage OpenDiary entries.

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    Laughed, cried, and just simply couldn't put it down. Absolutely fell in love with the characters. Great premise and storyline. Just wish it wasn't over.

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    "Unbelievably Great Story!"

    I haven't read a fictional book since 9th Grade! This book though...Wow! It's a gaming and 80s nerd Dream come true! Highly HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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    "Don't wait for the movie - get the audiobook!"

    If you were a fan of 1980s movies, music, or especially video games, you need to check this out. Cline does a fantastic job of including pop culture references and still having a workable plot. I might listen to this one again!

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    "Refreshing and Nostalgic"

    The selection of Wil Wheaton to read the story is perfection for a great deal of reasons. The 80s references are and intricate part of the story and send me back to a time of discovery. Fantastic.

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    I loved the narration! The story was great, too. Hope there is a sequel to this one.

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    "one of best books ever written"

    I absolutely love this book all the Easter eggs and it was so fun to catch the narrator was amazing

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    I would highly recommended this book to anyone! I could not put it down. I almost finished it in one sitting!

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