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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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nice story!! thanks Wil!

i wish i knew the 80s more properly but I'm more of a 90s guy... :(

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Great nostalgia

Good story

It kept me suspended until the very end. Good content and Will Wheaton did a great job reading it.

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  • Mikey
  • The Lucky Country
  • 08-13-17

flat out nerd porn

silly. funny. clever and pretty entertaining. it kind of felt like holywood bait... like it was written by a screen writer trolling for a movie deal... but i liked it anyway. got many laughs and had fun with all the many pop culture references. was def worth the credit. would consider other books from this author.

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Roller coaster fun

I could not stop listening. All the 80’s references took me back to the time I was a boy, playing arcade games at a corner cafe. The tech in the book was amazing, the dystopian future was thought provoking, and the action was exhilarating.
Loved every minute of it.

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So much 80's Win!

As a kid that grew up in the 80's and a gamer, this book just hits so many great points of my childhood. Will Wheaton, again has done a fantastic job expressing the individual characters and emotion through out the story. I highly recommend it.

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Full of nostalgia and 80's references

This is a great story and Will Wheaton'performance, just adds to the story, whatever you have to do, make sure you listen to this

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80's geek catnip.

This is a great story that any one can enjoy with intriguing story, a must for all SiFi lovers. I could not put this book down I had to finish it in one go. I was a teenager in the 80's and a geek and a gamer, so this book appealed to me on every level.

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Amazing book! Must read!!

The start was a bit slow. I didn't feel intrigued. But as the story began to move forward I felt like, I was into this imaginary world the author had narrated. I felt like reading more and more.That's it, I said to myself and I couldn't stop reading after 10 chapter. I completed last 30 chapters in one day.

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Absolutely incredible

I'm very picky with the books I read, and also the people reading those books to me. This was one of the best books I've ever listened to. If you're into old video games, science fiction or just fiction in general, I would recommend this

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Excellent!

Loved it. Now to work through those references properly! Need to get a Kindle copy.

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  • Raymond Lam
  • 10-18-17

For the geeks, nerds and 80's quirky cult follower

This book was an Awesome trip down memory lane. Wil Wheaton is a perfect narrator!

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  • Michael
  • 10-18-17

Amazing!

I absolutely loved this book and Wil Wheatons narration was perfect! Totally worth your time :)

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  • Jamie Wilkins
  • 10-18-17

Not just for geeks!

Part Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, part The Shawshank Redemption with more than a smattering of retro video game references thrown in, Ready Player One was a joy.

I was a little unsure about this book as it's outside of my preferred genre but I'm glad I managed to put my preconceptions to one side. It's pointless to regurgitate the synopsis in this review but the fact that I listened to it twice within a month is testament to how much I enjoyed it.

The characters were well rounded and sufficiently down trodden for the reader to be rooting for them from the beginning. The villains of the piece (be they individuals or companies) were a little characatured but this was easily overlooked. I felt there was one quite large plot hole but I was willing to overlook this because of the fast pace of the narrative.

Will Wheaton is a great narrator throughout although his voicing of Ogg was a little strange.

I would recommend this book highly. Not just to the 8 bit generation but to anyone who likes a great concept turned into a fast paced story.

Could've done with a few more female characters though.

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  • Mark
  • 10-16-17

Great Story

This was my first audible book and what a great place to start.
Didn’t know much about the story going into it but really enjoyed it. I couldn’t turn it off and finished the entire book in a couple of sittings. If you like 80’s pop culture and video games you’ll love this story. It’s packed with references and nods to films, games, music and books. Very well written and a good performance by Will Wheaton in the delivery. Highly recommended

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  • Sam
  • 10-16-17

Ready for one of the best?

Loved this reading of RPO. I have recommended this to everyone I know who enjoys this genre.

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  • Adyonline
  • 10-16-17

Fantastic

Half way through the book I found out that there is a film being made of the book and I now can't wait to see it! this is a great book with lots of twists and turns.

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  • Mourelle Josiah
  • 10-16-17

Absolutely incredible

A lot of fun from beginning to end! A captivating plot that'll have every gamer locked in, binging 'til the end but never wanting it to finish. An absolutely brilliant reading from Will Wheaton too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-17

loved it

it was one of the most amazing and beautiful books I have ever herd and read

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  • Ian Seddon
  • 10-07-17

Works so well.. Great audio book.

Classic story told in an uber modern way. Fabulous narration of a superbly paced book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-17

Enjoyed it, mostly

I loved the book, loved Will Wheaton's performance of it. Unfortunately the final arc ended predictably and that's the only slight gripe I had, but I think the big reveal towards the end more than makes up for it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-17

Nostalgic Delight

Thoroughly enjoy the the narrator.

Excellent story and fun nostalgic trip for any geek or nerd fan. Highly recommended

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  • paul
  • 11-29-17

my new #2 favourite book

get your 1980s nerd on and immerse youself in the world of interative gaming that meets the worlds largest treasure hunt

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-17

Fantastic story

Loved the book, brought back a lot of memories of childhood through it use of 80’s video game, music and movies culture. Really enjoyed Wil’s reading of the book.

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  • qzapmwsxgxb
  • 11-27-17

Incredibly Written - Beautifully Narrated

I finished this audiobook on an airplane and looked across to my left at a complete stranger who was just starting a hard copy version of this book. Oh what a journey that individual is about to embark on! Couldn't of been written or narrated any better. Highly recommended. Masterpiece.

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  • Libretto
  • 11-27-17

Paradise geek

For all nerds out there, this is the book you have to read( or listen). I enjoyed every single bit and listen to it non stop for 2 days.
Well done Will Wheaton!

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  • Alex
  • 11-27-17

Best book I've listened to all year

Once I started listening to this, I couldn't stop it was a fantastic gripping tale of a not so distant possible future and it was just a stupendous read! Would recommend to anybody who is remotely interested in fantasy, sic fi, technology and 80's pop culture!

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  • Malcolm
  • 11-25-17

W.O.W.

Once you have read the book and enjoyed like me you will get the title of my review.
Have fun.

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  • Samira
  • 11-25-17

Children of the 80s, get this book

The fantastic Will Wheaton delivers in spades with the fast-paced, tension-filled story in Ready Player One. His sensitive and nuanced voice acting is given full scope in this story, as the voice of the narrator and a host of other characters.
What would have been an absorbing tale regardless is made absolutely delightful with its gaming-themed feet planted firmly in the 1980s. People who grew up in the 80s will love it and hopefully it will spawn a new generation of vintage gaming fans. Definitely the best book I've listened to on Audible, and I am going to get this on Kindle too! Thanks Mr Cline, you are awesome!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-23-17

Has potential

The concept is great. A mash up of nostalgia and future sci-fi. Yet the constant repetition of basic pre established plot concepts and long winded segments make it painful and overly drawn out. Couldn’t get through more than a few chapters.

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  • Beth Massey
  • 11-20-17

Great story

I really liked the story but didn’t like Wil Weston’s reading. He makes the narrator sound like a pompous ass. I kept having to imagine how I would have read the book to enjoy the story.