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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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    F. E. Andrade KS, USA 12-22-16
    F. E. Andrade KS, USA 12-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Nerdgasmic and entertaining"

    Will Wheaton does a pretty good job. I enjoyed all the references. It was entertaining, and there are definitely some hilarious and memorable moments and with decent blatant foreshadowing several moments had that "yup, it's that thing" plot development. A good story that is easily accessible and full of nerdy pandering.

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    Matthew 12-22-16
    Matthew 12-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Highly recommended"

    By far the best book I have listened to. what a great story. Reminded my of growing up in the 80's.

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    Mark 12-22-16
    Mark 12-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A wild adventure, minus the political correctness."

    As an introduction to the world of audio books, I was genuinely entertained by this story. I expect to listen again in the future.

    My only frustration was the out of place political jabs the author felt compelled to sprinkle through out the story. Could have done without that...

    As a self proclaimed geek, I appreciated many of the references made, and am intrigued by even more still.

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    "I recommend it"

    Couldn't stop listening, it became an obsession that I know miss. a complete sci-fi experience.

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    Beth Tomball, TX, United States 12-21-16
    Beth Tomball, TX, United States 12-21-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Surprisingly good!!"

    Knowing this was about video gaming (which I do not do), I was reluctant to pick up this audiobook. A friend read it and said it was quite good. Even though you know how it will turn out, the twists and turns kept me engaged, and Wil Wheaton's performance of all if the different characters was believable. Get it!!!

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    "Yes five stars"

    This book may not connect with everyone. In fact there will be a decent number of people who will hate it, but if you get it you'll love it. If you've ever felt more comfortable immersed in technology than dancing at a nightclub you'll love this book. If you prefer to watch movies that are a little off center or parody something serious you'll love this book. If you prefer a good book over playing a game of one on one you'll certainly appreciate this book. I look forward to the movie in 2018. Steven will get it.

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    "Premise is flawed"

    the premise of the story is flawed in some significant ways. the fundamental issue is that the online virtual world just isn't believable or that interesting. it's as if computer games stopped being produced in the 1990s until eventually this one came along. who gives a crap about what is ostensibly an online game? the attempts to connect the virtual world to the physical world just fall flat. also...PvP, permadeath, and item theft? anarchy in the streets.

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    "Great listen"

    Amazing story, very well read. I quickly found myself putting in headphones and listening to the book as much as possible.

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    RS5280 Denver, CO 12-20-16
    RS5280 Denver, CO 12-20-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Worth every minute"

    Will Wheaton made this book come to life. Bravo! Good choice. You will live the story if you grew up in the 80's. Gaming is not usually my cup of tea, but I couldn't stop listening.

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    Sam Massachusetts 12-20-16
    Sam Massachusetts 12-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastically paced geek celebration"

    Wil Wheaton does a bit of over ennunciating at times, but he brings the book to life. Plenty of action and cool video game & geek everythings, all with a genuine heart.

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