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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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    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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    "an amazing journey!"

    an amazing journey through 80's nostalgia and a gritty neon dystopian future. this book is engaging and memorable, with down to earth relatable characters that are fun to root for. an excellent read!

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    "A fun read but don’t expect too much"

    The premise is cute, but the book will turn out exactly like you expect, with almost no deviation from a standard hero tale. Probably very fun if you are under 13, but over that it may leave you rather disappointed.

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    The story is poorly written, with more holes than Swiss cheese. Wil Wheaton is terrible, he attempts different voices, but all sound alike, and poorly acted.

    You'll enjoy it to an extent, if you've ever been addicted to MMORPG's, as it pretty well captures that mindset. But, it will require an entire dismissal of reality for the parts of the story based in reality.

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    I had the greatest time listening to this book. Couldn't get enough of it. Also Wil Wheaton did a fantastic job voicing this as I could see each character in my mind talking and not notice that it was the same voice for a multitude of people. I have been recommending this book to everyone I know that works enjoy the nostalgia of gaming and pun humor of both old and new trends.

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    "justification for being the annoying nerd."

    I played all the video games, I did some of the coding. I lived in the 80s. I enjoyed D&D.. I could not get through the first eight chapters. three of which could have been written off to "he created a company with the same start of IBM and Microsoft...". and been done in one sentence. I appreciated some of the reminiscing of my teenage years. but chapters and chapters devoted to it? It's too bad, because the actual story had a glimmer of potential to be interesting.

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    "Wil Wheaton is wonderful"

    Surprise story that appeals to 80s geeks everywhere. Anyone who has played an MMORPG will appreciate how this story goes. Wil Wheaton is a riot and the irony where he gives himself a compliment as part of the narration was a true LOL moment. Enjoy the story!

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    Wow, this was not my kind of story at all, in fact I only gave it a try because my hubby said I should read it before the movie comes out...what can I say but ...WOW! I totally got sucked in and couldn't stop reading/listening! Loved it! Just wish there had not of been that much strong language! Thats my ONLY negative about the whole well written, extremely detailed story!

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    Finished the whole book I'm two days. Great story and great performance by Will Wheaton.

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