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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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    S. Groves Los Angeles, CA 08-05-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Best Sci Fi of the last 20 years"

    Children and young adults of the 80's.... this is an absolute must read. Ready Player One is the best science fiction and/or fantasy I've read in a decade or two.

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    Jeffrey 08-05-17
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    "straight up stunned! "

    I was told about this book a few times, finally got around to listening to it and holy cow was I blown away. every second I am thrilled to see what riddle comes up next, what challenge may be over come. totally absorbed from start to finish and might listen to it for a third time in a row to catch anything I missed!

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    Brian T. 08-05-17
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    "If your a real fan of nerdum"

    If your a real fan of nerdum and think 1337 reads leet this book is you it's for you it's about you.

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    "fun to take a trip back in time... fun to remember"

    narrator was a great surprise, especially when he read his own name in the book.
    there was a couple of times when the story dragged, but thats because im not into romance.
    definitely a fan of this book, going to recommend to all my old fart friends.

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    Joyfultiff Lakeland 08-05-17
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    "This is just SO good!"

    From the reading to the storyline, details to the fun nostalgia, this is an awesome read!!! Do yourself a favor and give it a read. I promise you won't be disappointed, especially if you classify anywhere on the nerd or geek spectrum. ;)

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    "Pretty good book"

    The book has some cheesy dialogue and clichés that are rather annoying at times, and Will's voice acting for a select few parts are lack luster the story itself was still really enjoyable. I highly recommend this to people who like older video games or 80s culture.

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    ruddyadam 08-05-17
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    "A nostalgic and sci-nerdy National Treasure"

    TL;DR the title of this review should be enough to convince you to give this a listen.

    Regardless of the reputation of it's creator, Fez my favorite puzzle game of all time because of the depth, hidden gems, and flat out surprises contained within, with very little that I saw coming. Suffice it to say, I loved every moment of playing it for those reasons. Two of my favorite flicks are The Matrix and National Treasure for similar reasons. Let's just say I can't count on my fingers and toes how many times I've seen them. And the reasons why I love FEZ, The Matrix, and National Treasure are exactly why I could not stop listening to Ready Player One. This book gave me so many nostalgic, puzzle and action fuzzies that I could not put it down. Also huge, huge props to the reading talent of Will Wheaton who hit one out of the park. Wonderfully exciting and action packed with both laugh out loud and teary-eyed moments alike. Do yourself a favor and pick this up, and prepare for a great ride.

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    "Couldnt make it past ch. 2"

    2 chapters of backstory about a selfish nerdy character i could care less about and an 80's loving genius too ridiculous to be taken seriously.... Oh and then a bunch of authorial axe to grind exposition about being lied to about religion and politics and... Yawn i need to read something that wont make me dumber... Off to find some william gibson.

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    B. Jones brooklyn, ny 08-05-17
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    It was a true page turner... I tackled this by reading and listening... and plan to re read soon... the only thing I wish is I had read it sooner...

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    Miranda 08-05-17
    Miranda 08-05-17 Member Since 2015

    A teacher with a long commute and endless audiobook list!

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    "Great start; then turned to standard teen romance"
    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    The detail of the descriptions of the 80s pop culture and the world created around the characters


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    Unfortunate that the plot turned to the overdone standard dystopian teenage romance/fight the government/get the girl thing we're already so done with. Wish it had been a bit more original there.

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