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Ready Player One Audiobook

Ready Player One

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Luke 01-07-17
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    "badass"

    if you love video games or the 80s or both your gonna love this book

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    Ashley 01-07-17
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    "simply brilliant"

    what a wonderful flashback of my youth. now a glimpse of the future if we don't change our ways.

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    Brian 01-07-17
    Brian 01-07-17
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    "Phenomenal story."

    Loved every second of it, but the "fool" and other can dialect got a little grating. Still loved it.

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    Mike P 01-06-17
    Mike P 01-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story and narration"

    Wil Wheaton delivers a great story narration. This books gets going from the get go and doesn't let up. Fantastic dystopian SCI-if thriller with an 80s salute. Can't wait to see the big screen version.

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    Randell EDMOND, OK, United States 01-06-17
    Randell EDMOND, OK, United States 01-06-17 Member Since 2009

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    "addictive geek fantasy"

    not too far from reality, describes a world that is probably closer than we know. wil wheaton is excellent.

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    Moiraine Las Vegas, NV 01-06-17
    Moiraine Las Vegas, NV 01-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Greatest book of all time for GenX gamers"

    I could listen to this audiobook a thousand times over and love it every time. The characters are so memorable and the virtual world the author creates for them inside the Oasis really gets your imagination going. This is an absolute MUST read for anyone who loves roleplay or multiplayer style computer gaming.

    I gave this audiobook recording a 4/5 because although the narrator was easy to understand and was very expressive, I would have loved to hear something like environmental sound effects along with the narration to get an even higher level of immersion in the story. The story itself is an absolute 5/5.

    Have fun and 2017 on!

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    Andrew 01-06-17
    Andrew 01-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not my favorite narrator but a fun book."

    Easy to follow while driving (repeats of important information when it becomes relevant). fun story. not my favorite reader but it fits the story.

    Great till the end when the author attempts to stuff a ton of social justice stuff into a few paragraphs which doesn't add anything to the story... and a strangely confident nerd who suffers from a complete lack of confidence? I was with it till the end.

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    "Geeks and Nerds rejoice!!!"

    Wow! My friend recommended this book to me. We grew up playing dungeons and dragons, reading comic books and listening to 80's rock. This is the culmination of everyone I grew up with and loved put in book form. Will Wheaton is awesome and very fitting. Listen to this!!!

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    Benjamin K. Rezendes 01-06-17 Member Since 2016

    Bibliophile. Stunt Man. Actor. Human.

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    "Excellently Nostalgic and Adventurous!"

    If you feel a pang for the 80's and want to follow along an excellently narrated adventure then this is the book for you!

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    Kalaniwai 01-06-17
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    "80's fun"

    This was a very nostalgic book for me. I was a kid in the 80's and loved every minute of it!! Brought back so many memories. If your a product of the 80's, pick this up. It is worth a listen for nothing else than all the references to arguably the best decade in history.

    With that being said this book has everything, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, and even a love story.

    I bought this on a whim since it had such high ratings. Truth be told, i was so excited to get started, but ended up being a little underwhelmed in the beginning. In fact I almost stopped. Thank goodness I didn't. I ended up devouring it. I normally listen to books to fill voids of boredom, ie when I shower, when driving, mowing the lawn or other chores. I found myself wanting to listen to this every waking moment. In fact, when I got within 20 min of the end, I felt sad cause I didn't want it to end.

    Will does a great job as narrator and Cline does justice to the 80's. Buy this book already...you will not regret it!!

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