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Ready Player One Audiobook

Ready Player One

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Publisher's Summary

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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    O'Brien Singleton, Australia 05-14-13
    O'Brien Singleton, Australia 05-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A really great read, clever and unique."
    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    Hmm, clever, unique and daring. I grew up in the eighties and connected with almost every part of Ernie Cline's wonderful book. When I found a part that I wasn't familiar with I would pause the book and look it up on Google. I ended up listening to Rush 2112 and rented War Games, which I had watched when it first came out but really enjoyed watching again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the references to the eighties and video games and the fact that by creating a virtual world he made almost anything possible. Even giant Japanese robots LOL


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    Mark Brisbane, QLD AUS 01-10-13
    Mark Brisbane, QLD AUS 01-10-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Wow, what a great find!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... definitely brought out the geek in me :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wade was a well crafted character that will resonate with so many readers.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Wheaton was perfect for the role. It was obvious that he really identified with the protagonist, which made the reading that much more enjoyable. A great performance delivered with real empathy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Even before I finished, I was back on line looking for sequels. Best book I have found in months.


    Any additional comments?

    Whether you're a closet geek yourself, or just someone that has fondness for eighties pop culture and the resulting video game revolution, you are sure to find this book a fun, enjoyable read.

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    Kevin Canberra, Australia 12-13-12
    Kevin Canberra, Australia 12-13-12
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    "This is now my favourite book of all time!"
    Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

    Absolutely, it's a story I've been able to relate to more than any other book I've ever read (and there's been quite a lot of them). Having just listened to all 3 of Peter Clines' major novels (Ex-Heroes, Ex-Patriots and 14), I was a little hesitant to start another book thinking that I'd only be disappointed.. thankfully I couldn't have been more wrong - I powered through Ready Player One faster than I'd ever listened to any other book, it was an incredibly compelling read and I just couldn't put it down. The characters, the setting, the virtual themes, all the puzzles and gaming is just so well written and paced.

    I'll be giving it another listen after Christmas most definitely, and having found that Ernest Cline is drafting the outline for a sequel, that has me in extremely high hopes that there's going to be yet another mind blowing book from the genius that is Cline!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can probably most directly identify with H, as I myself am an FPS centric (former pro) gamer, so H's passion for that genre and just action in general and the way H talks to Z is just all stuff I can relate to. That's not to say that Wade/Perzival, Art3mis or Shoto are any less than amazing characters though (and of course Daito). Every character in the book is so wonderfully crafted that it's difficult to pick a direct favourite.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first Wil Wheaton performance i've heard (aside from having TNG on with my eyes closed at night and hearing him on Big Bang Theory in a different room of my house). He did a great job and I think that being that he can most likely relate heavily to the characters of the book, he really connected with them and gave a great performance. He puts some strange emphasis on certain words but that's probably more of a difference in our accents than anything else, as I'm Australian! Never the less, brilliant effort by Wheaton and it was a pleasure to have him narrate such a great story.


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

    Numerous moments in the book moved me, but if i'm picking just one specific moment.. it would have to be when Z and H meet in person for the first time. That was a really great scene and was very touching. It put real emphasis on the fact that if you share a connection with a person online, you're sharing a CONNECTION with a PERSON.. not just some random game character with no personality. They are the person you have had all the good times with, no matter how they turn out to look or be when/if you meet in person.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it! Right now! The movie will be the greatest movie ever! Fanboy mode *ACTIVE*

    Can't wait for a sequel too!

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    Amazon Customer 12-03-12
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    "great adventure for geeks"

    Engaging storyline with great characters. Pulls in all the touch points for those of us who grew up through the 80s but modern enough for those who missed it as well.

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    Bradley Australia 09-12-12
    Bradley Australia 09-12-12

    Let the Wookiee win.

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    "Pure, unadulterated, dream indulgence!"
    Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ready Player One is my ALL TIME favourite read. After reading this I ordered 4 copies of the hard cover book to give to my friends and I have NEVER done that before. Each friend in turn sent me txt's "ZOMG This book is amazing!"


    What did you like best about this story?

    This books takes you to all of those things that were cool when we were growing up and gives you the fantasy you dreamed about as a kid.

    I'm just going to park my hover-De Lorean right next to this X-Wing!


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    They were all fantastic, I can't choose one.


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

    Definitely to some introspection early in the third act and the finale was fantastic


    Any additional comments?

    If you read science-fiction, if you watch science fiction, if you grew up in the 80's and played Pacman at the local arcade, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!

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    Simon Innaloo, Australia 09-03-12
    Simon Innaloo, Australia 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Just buy download and have a fantastic time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes yes yes, it's a great sifi story with ideas about a dark future and of course some young heros


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

    The brilliant story and fantastic narration


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    He's just very very good as doing this I hope he's well paid and I hope more he continues


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed frequently and there were sad parts as well


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks more please like this i would hadv paid 2 credits for this much enjoyment

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    Sumit G. 05-29-12
    Sumit G. 05-29-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Revenge of the Online Gaming Nerd..."
    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, engaging, fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part about the story was its plausibility and Ernest Cline's easy style. It reminded me of Rick Riordan's easy and accessible style (refer Percy Jackson series), but this book had a sense of plausibility to it (despite the fantastic scene setting).


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    Obviously, Wade (the main character). Wil Wheaton's narration was first class, btw.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nup. This was a pretty cruisy listen. A pop corn sci fi but really well written and researched.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun listen to a book which is well researched and written. The good thing was the innovative scene setting. Perhaps it could have focussed even more on the negative aspects of video gaming addicts, but that's not the purpose of this book.

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    Eszter North Melbourne, Australia 06-17-14
    Eszter North Melbourne, Australia 06-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun but shallow"
    Would you try another book from Ernest Cline and/or Wil Wheaton?

    Yeh I'd give them a shot but I wouldn't expect depth from Cline. Wheaton was a great narrator - he was perfect for the job.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The VR world was cool and the idea of being able to explore so many worlds.
    The least interesting parts where the info dumps. So many info dumps!


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    He was really enthusiastic and got into the story a lot. Very good performance.


    Do you think Ready Player One needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It would be good if it examined itself a bit more so if that were to happen I'd give a sequel a shot.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely not self aware enough. I find it hard to believe that a few decades on from now we'd be so utterly obsessed with the 80s that we'd build and ENTIRE UNIVERSE dedicated to it. I get it that this book was meant to be a fun romp back into the 80s but it neglected the future aspect of the story a lot. The implications of a society SO stuck in the past - what about the present? What about all those NEW games, books, movies, music vidoes and TV shows?
    -- side note - the author likes LISTS a LOT - it got mega irritating him saying "games, books, movies, music vidoes and TV shows" about a hundred times as if he was trying to meet a word count. Give it a rest already!

    *cough*
    Anywho...it felt like...this book used all the high tech stuff as just an excuse to go back to the 80s and have a giant nerd-gasm about 8bit arcade games 'faded Space Invaders tees'. While it was a fun adventure with some pretty good characters, I felt it ultimately too shallow for my tastes.

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  • Anonymous
    5/28/17
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    "Great story!"

    As the title says great story, brilliant 80's references and a fantastic performance too 👍

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  • JONATHAN PRENTICE
    5/27/17
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    "would make a great film"

    really enjoyed it and think it would transition well to movies highly recomended for those a little geeky ;)

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  • Anonymous
    5/27/17
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    "Best book ever very intriguing:) worth"

    Best book worth buying interesting and entertaining throughout recommend to anyone who likes games , has many references well done

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  • 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!

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  • 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
  • Anonymous
    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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