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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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    love it! I grew up playing many of the games and watching many of the shows referenced within the story and could picture it all so clearly.

    Wil Wheaton does a fantastic job of bringing you into the story with the tone in which he reads and the voices of the characters.

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    I heard it twice and Loved it twice more! Excellent story and a great tribute to the 80's. I saw every movie mentioned, played every game and actually owned a "Trash" 80. I recommend this book, audible and cannot wait to see the movie.

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    It's been a long time since I've been excited about a book. Most books I'll start and then stop cause I get bored, but after each chapter I wanted to hear more and now that the book is done in sad it's over, but in also excited cause I want to read and hear it again.

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    The only bad part what wen it was trash talking religion. Other than that it was the most wonderful thing I have ever listened to.

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    I can't believe I waited so long to read this book, it's amazing! I can't recommend it enough.

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    amazingly fun! The first time ever, glad I'm old enough to have first hand knowledge of all the 80s references.

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    this was a great book and a great reading. Wil Wheaton was a great narrator pick

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    I am so glad I listened to this instead of reading it...except when he reads the scoreboard. IOI6 BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH. Great book, sucks you in, hurls you around and then spits you out and walks away smoothly with sunglasses on while the building explodes right behind it.

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    "Entertaining yet hollow"

    I did enjoy this book. However, the writing seemed a bit immature at times and I found myself wanting the characters to be fleshed out a little more. Plenty of 80s pop culture with a couple other decades thrown in there but not a lot of substance. Still, I'd recommend it if you're looking for a fun and easy read.

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    A fast paced and rich adventure through a dystopian future and 80's nostalgia. Must listen/read!

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