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Ready Player One Audiobook

Ready Player One

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It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And, like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who died with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late 20th century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions - and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.

Narrator Wil Wheaton is an American actor and writer best known for his role as Wesley Crusher in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and for playing Gordie Lachance in the film Stand By Me. More recently, he has appeared in several episodes of the TV series The Big Bang Theory as himself.

©2011 Ernest Cline (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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    Lance 10-12-16
    Lance 10-12-16
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    "Good book"

    I enjoyed the story but there were a few times that I had to skip over the parts where the main character just annoying me too much.

    Narration was well suited and consistent

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    Hendri 10-06-16
    Hendri 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A fun exploration of a very new technology"
    Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was an easy listen and hard to put down. Some of the characters got a bit annoying and the overly energetic performance by the narrator didn't help much. But a fun ride all in all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 09-11-16
    Paul 09-11-16
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    "This book is amazing. make it a top priority "

    l love this book it is amazing, it is by far one of my favorites, it is so awesome and I love the main character and how he is so smart and genuine, and the amount of 80's paraphernalia in this book is amazing, I was not born in the 80's but I still can't appreciate the amount of details the writer put into it. The narrator is really good also, he makes it very easy to distinguish between the characters by his tone of voice, the only problem I had with him was how deep his voice was for portraying a 18 year old character but I got use to it very quickly, this book is super addictive as soon as I heard the synopsis I had to read it is never got board listening to it and I suggest you listen to it whenever you get the chance.

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    David United States 08-28-16
    David United States 08-28-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story but a little too wink wink at times"

    The pop culture referrences started to become tiresome but the story was great. Wheaton did a great job reading though and I'm really interested to hear more of his audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Izak 08-08-16
    Izak 08-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Suspense and Geeky - Loved it"

    Love the book, so here are the pros and cons that I experienced, starting off with the target audience:
    • Gamers and anyone loving the older era thereof
    • Slightly younger audience (late teens, early twenties), but definitely enjoyable by an older audience as well.

    I liked:
    • Geeky references - games, music, movies - it was a delight getting a glimpse the origin of games as we know them today.
    • Suspense. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat as you root for the main character, waiting to see if his daring plans play out successfully.
    • Wil Wheaton! This is my first audio book, but absolutely loved his performance.

    Disliked:
    • Twists, because several of them were quite obvious.


    Summary: loved the book, loved the references, loved the performance. Despite being able to predict several events, the book still kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to hear what would happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gene Billings Montana 07-31-16
    Gene Billings Montana 07-31-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Wow! Loved this"

    I was born in 1972 - at least half to 3/4 of the references, pop culture, computer games, coin ops, movies, home computers and songs are memories for me - this was a well researched well written compelling journey. A must read for anyone who remembers Atari computers, coin op video games, and 80's movies.

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    Jordan 06-19-16
    Jordan 06-19-16
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    "Great story, great storytelling"

    Excellent story for teenagers and people that grew up in the 80's. Filled to the brim with pop culture references. Fantastic story with fantastic storytelling by Wil Wheaton.

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    Peter 05-20-16
    Peter 05-20-16
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    "Adictive, thought provoking and well written"

    The author went to some length to extrapolate current trends in it usage, privacy and cyber centric lifestyles. It started out as an it version of Charlie and the chocolate factory but took a twist as the main character's friends became more complicated. It has become one of my favourite books. Thank you for the good read.

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    David 05-20-16
    David 05-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Audiobook"

    Just get it. Easily the top three greatest audiobooks. 5 stars does not do this story justice.

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    Apoorv Jagtap Mumbai 05-17-16
    Apoorv Jagtap Mumbai 05-17-16
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    "Pretty hard to put down once started"

    First, this is not only for gamers although the title might suggest that way. It is true that knowledge about games and stuff enjoyed by geeks would make this a must read. The story is well written and well narrated by Wil Wheaton. One of the few books I had a marathon run listening.

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  • markcow
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    6/26/13
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    "A once in a generation book"
    Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far the best audiobook I have listen to


    What other book might you compare Ready Player One to, and why?

    None, I am desperately trying to find something to replace Wade and co's adventure in the Oasis, but so far to no avail.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Where to start? So many great scenes. The meeting at IOI. each of the key and gate scenes, in particular Key & Gate 1.
    I don't want to give anything away, the whole book is a great scene after a great scene


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you thought the matrix was a big place to visit, wait until you see the Oasis.


    Any additional comments?

    This is by far, not only the best audiobook I have ever listened to, but one of the best pieces of fiction ever created. A match for the classics such as The lord of the rings to modern day hits such as Game of Thrones.
    The Oasis is what the matrix dreamed of becoming when it grew up.
    I have recommended this book to virtually everyone I know, whether they like science fiction, video games,the 80's pop culture or anything.
    A truly great book with outstanding acting and narration by Will Wheton.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Lyons
    6/2/15
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    "Look at all these things from the 80s"

    This book was a chore to finish. Wheaton's performance was passable bordering on poor for the most of if, and even then it was the best part. The story was dull, uninspiring and the entire book was carried on its references to geek culture and nothing else. Give it a miss.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • BadgerHead
    1/12/15
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    "Second Life: Fanboy edition"
    Would you try another book written by Ernest Cline or narrated by Wil Wheaton?

    I'd have to be thoroughly convinced that it was better than this one.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Deus ex machina. Nothing unexpected. No subtlety; just unabashed everyone-gets-everything-they-want. In other words there was no real feeling of threat or risk.


    What three words best describe Wil Wheaton’s performance?

    Very mildly annoying.


    Could you see Ready Player One being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I wouldn't want to this see this made into a movie. Hollywood generally struggles to make people sitting in rooms logged into the internet look exciting or thrilling.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a solid story, I listened to the whole thing, and it was a semi interesting premise. That said there is nothing original in this story - it was the answer to the question of "what would happen if the matrix met Second Life?" - and played out a bit like a fanboy's wet dream. Lonely gamer finds justification for being a lonely gamer.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    5/25/17
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    "The best book so far I've ever read"

    This book is just amazing, I'm not the biggest reader or listener of books but this had me hooked from beginning to end. If you are in 30s like me, you will love the 80s references. Yes sometimes it goes a little too teeny but it is a teen novel so what do you expect. Pass over these parts and you are in for a treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MISS
    5/24/17
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    "Absolutely brilliant"

    With a healthy and varied collection of audio books, I have to say that it really takes something special to stand out from the crowd. The books I have, I love and revisit time and time again. Having only just finished this book, I cannot wait to relisten and capture all the wonderful 70s/80s pop culture references. It truly makes the 'geek' gaming culture engaging, relevant, accessible and have heart. I won't write any plot points here as there are so many reviews like that. I just want to share how much I thoroughly I enjoyed this book. It does have a soul and is great fun. I hope this is helpful and sorry for being so late in the day with a review. But seriously readers....get ready to enjoy ready player one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian P
    5/23/17
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    "Couldnt stop listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    Couldnt say.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    Just getting dragged into the Oasis like you were wearing the gear


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Yeap, solid


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but can't say as it would gove to much away


    Any additional comments?

    Well, I would have said that they need to make it into a film, but they are. Read / Listen before you watch it on the big screen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jes73r
    5/22/17
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    "Concept > Book"

    This is by no means a terrible book. I'd give it three and a half if the option was available, and I think the problem may be more to do with me than the book per se, I just don't think I was the intended audience.
    If you're a huge 80's and video game trivia buff then there is a lot here for you but a lot of the book felt more like a vessel for the author to show off his knowledge more so than it had any real plot relevance. There is a lot of borrowing from 80's movies and old video games through out which is great nostalgia for some but it can read just like a list of things that existed. Again, this may sound great to you but for me, it felt like the story came second place in a lot of the book.
    There are a lot of the ol' cliches one would expect and the dialogue can at times be a bit too cringe inducing. Some of it reads like a teenager whose just discovered swearing for the first time and gave me the impression that the book was a source of therapy for a bad high school experience. I can sympathise but it just made the book hard to get through, I found myself having to say "just give it a chance a little longer" a lot when listening.
    Then the book kind of just goes off the deep end dystopian in sections out of the blue. Maybe this was to highlight the contrast between the world of the Oasis and that of the real one but there is no subtly involved. I couldn't help but feel that the story just didn't do the concept justice and didn't fully explore all the implications this Oasis may have on humanity. Nor did i feel like there was any significant character development, you finish with what you start.
    If you're a teenage video game super buff or just a huge gamer then there is a lot for you here, but I think the book fails to be fully accessible. Can't help but feel a little disappointed overall but I guess the book just wasn't intended for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightelf
    5/21/17
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    "Geeks and gamers will love it"

    Grew up in the 80s so loved this and all the references. But Greeks and gamers everywhere will just relate to the whole story. Also as a girl who played video games it had a top score for me. Great story. Great ending. Read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    5/21/17
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    "Best book I have ever heard."

    I'm not really in to books but I am into video games. Amazing story and amazing narration. I would recommend this book to anyone ESPECIALLY if you're into video games. The references are to die for. Can't wait for the movie now! Can there be a sequel please? I need to hear more from this universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    5/20/17
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    "exceptionally good"

    I loved it.. even watched lady hawk afterwards... how very sad. what a genuinely brilliant book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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