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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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    I didn't really like this book. My husband's nerdy cousin recommended it and promised I would love it. This book was written for people who are or were nerdy teenage boys. Although, I had moments of being a bit of a loner, I was never nerdy. Not to mention, I am a female so I have only experienced being a teenage girl. I think this book might also require some interest or experience with gaming. This also doesn't apply to me.<br/><br/>Overall this book deserves a three. It is creative, but it only applies to a very select group of peoples' interests. I found the banter between the boys to be very childish, but very comparable to how my husband's adult cousin converses...trying to one up everyone on his knowledge of useless things. Usually he just sounds like an idiot without any social skills. Books that deserve a 5.0 or even a 4.7, like this book currently has, should be books that can relate to any reader.<br/><br/>Side notes:<br/><br/>I don't see it being very plausible the 80s will be very popular in the distant future. <br/><br/>Wil Wheaton is not a good actor so why was he selected to read this? He overacts the entire thing.<br/>

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    R 06-22-17
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    "did not want to pause"

    References and Nostalgia galore! Anxious to see what direction Steven Spielberg goes in. Truly a fun ride.

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    Amazon Customer 06-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    not that big of a nerd but this book was amazing even though I didn't know all of the allusions!!!

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    Matt 06-22-17
    Matt 06-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun read."

    Super fun story! If you're a gamer or a nerd from the 80's you'll love this book. Wil Wheaton does a great job narrating!

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    Jason Pingenot 06-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Porn for forks!"

    Highly enjoyable as a nerd who grew up in the 80's. Every nerds fantasy, the smart loyal kids vs the aggressive sellout kids. I'll have to use this book as a game, soundtrack and movie list for my son as he grows up. I expect a lot of eye rolling and unimpressed shoulder shrugs.

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    Juan Gonzales 06-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great!"

    I haven't listened to many audio books but the ones I have are bad and this one completely changed my mind on them great story and great performance!

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    Mafunzalo 06-21-17
    Mafunzalo 06-21-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Especially good if you're a gamer."

    I'm not a gamer but I've run into them from time to time and tried them, but didn't want to spend the time to learn the intricacies and details required to play the game. REGARDLESS, I had a good listen. Wil Wheaton, aka Wesley Crusher from STTNG, did an excellent job with the voice-over.
    The story is good, but occasionally long and overly descriptive. The ending is not surprising, but satisfying.

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    Tracey 06-21-17
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    "Loved it!"

    Great story line that keeps you hooked.
    I really like Wil Wheaton as a narrator.

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    Patrick C. 06-21-17
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    "Amazing story and detail. Perfect Narrator"

    Loved every moment and geekdom pop culture reference. Wil Wheaton was a perfect fit for this book.

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    "That was a great story"

    Some things were a little predictable, but in all, very satisfying, and extremely compelling. I didn't want to put it down, and I didn't want it to end.

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