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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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    Big fan of George Orwell and Ray Bradbury. Amazing story line and equally amazing narration. Highly recommend this title. Thank you for the great experience.

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    Will Wheaton was the perfect narrator for this story. The book was fast paced and nostalgic.

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    This book is amazing and having Wil Wheaton narrate made it even more perfection. I'm definitely going to go back and listen to this again.

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    Such a captivating story and world. Enjoyed the fact that they showed the reality world effected by a population addicted to V.R. And did a great job at showing how humanity adapts and survives in this world.
    On top of the world made, the joy of trivial things from 80's pop culture littered throughout was delightful. I caught a lot of stuff and found some gems I did not know about ( alot of the stuff I was about five years out of my generation gap). Fun listen Will Wheaton gave an entertaining performance.

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    I absolutely loved this book. From beginning to end it held my attention and I didn't want it to end!

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    Do yourself a favor and listen at at least 1.2x speed, Mr. Wheaton is a slow talker. great story, couldn't unplug my earbuds!

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    "A terrific book for those who love video games"

    the book starts a touch slow, but the backstory and character development are well worth it as this really does help you feel invested with the characters during both their struggles and victories. Wil Wheaton does an amazing job bringing you into the life of the main characters.

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