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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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    story is great. performance fabulous!! get it. listen to it. it is 80s nerdtastic.

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    At first I wasn’t sure if I could relate to the book, not being much of a gamer myself. But it ended up being a fun ride that took me back to my youth remembering all the first generation game systems.
    The story was great as well as the scene settings which Will Wheaton did a great job of bringing to life. I’ve listened to this book probably 3 or 4 times now and it hasn’t gotten old. I’m sure it’ll be a favorite for years to come.

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    I listened to this book based on a recommendation. It has a good premise, but it isn't executed well.

    The book is milking pop culture references to grow its fan base or maybe it's just bad writing. Many of the "pop culture references" read like buzz-feed top 10 lists instead of true appreciation for the original works. I don't have the background to tell if the video game references are as sloppy as the movie and music ones. But they don't fee gratuitous and they feel well researched. The writing generally reads a bit immature.

    From a plot perspective, the book never deals with the implications of its dystopian setting. The love story feeds into horrible adolescent perceptions of "romance". The virtual reality universe and the conflict with the sixes are the strongest elements.

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    The book was great. I couldn't stop listening and the narrator was perfect. Highly recommended.

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    I love Cline's books, but this one started slowly for me growing from mildly interesting​ to stunning. And Will Wheaton's narration was just perfect. You can tell he loved reading this book.

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    One of THE best books I've read in a long time. This was one of those books where every time I'm listening I couldn't stop listening. It keeps the storyline interesting throughout the entire book.

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    I listen to this book back to back. A great story and fun nostalgia trip. The narration is great and helps you fall in love with the characters.

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