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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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  • Todd
  • Orange, Australia
  • 04-28-15

Absolutely brilliant! A nostalgic nerdy trip!

I'd never heard of this book until a week ago, when I read that Steven Spielberg would be making it into a movie. So I looked it up and was amazed at how I ever could have missed something that is so far up my alley, it's crazy.

This is a book for the nerds. Those who love MMO games, who grew up playing Atari and old PC games and also anyone who lived in or loved the 80s. It's a love letter to all of those things that made my childhood great. Many of the references are of things that were before my time, but not so far before that I couldn't get swept up in the beautiful nostalgic chaos of it all.

For the purposes of this review, the plot centres around a major treasure hunt inside a simulated reality that presents challenges to its participants in the form of all the things previously mentioned. Wheaton's narration is excellent and you can tell he loved every minute of performing. For those that are familiar with him, he is one of the very nerds this book was written for.

Anyone who loves video games and 80s pop culture MUST listen to this stroke of genius. Now, where's a sequel!

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Wow

This is without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read/listened to ever. It doesn't matter if you was lived through the 80's or born after it, as long as you have attempts least a mild interest in 80's films, TV, games or music you will absolutely adore this book for what it is. The storyline is captivating from the start, and involves a very unique and impressive arch that will keep you gripped from start to finish. There wasn't a single point that made me want to stop listening and would have finished it all in one day if I to spare. The book is only made better by the narration by Wil Wheaton. In conclusion, a must read for anyone interested in this in these topics!

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The most amazing book you will ever read!!

You will not be able to stop this book it's amazing from start to finish and all the pop culture it's just an amazing ride you will never want it to end

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My New Favourite Ever!

If you are a nerd in any way, shape or form, get this book now!!

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A nerdy nostalgia driven delight

I really enjoyed this book but I feel as though I would have enjoyed it more when I was 15 (I'm now almost 30) The female characters really lack a sense of depth and I wanted more from them. The references to movies and games of the 80s was a great kick. I feel like going back and reviewing the classics again. If you are a nerd you will get a kick out of this.

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Entertaining. Feast for the imagination.

Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

Absolutely. This book is immensely fun. The narration is by Wil Wheaton and that is a bonus. The writing captured my imagination and I found myself switching between envisioning the protagonist's real-life and the pixelated virtual reality of his avatar.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aech. Aech proved to be a loyal friend. Aech's backstory added another dimension to the book by proving no one is really who they say they are when it comes to the internet. It also highlighted racial prejudice and gender discrimination.

Which scene was your favorite?

The origami scene, inspired by the movie 'Bladerunner'.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Log in. For the win.

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Fabulous book. I have listened to this many times.

Fabulous book. I have listened to this many times. It cheers me up. The hero against all odds.

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Love it!

If you are a geek, love retro 80s pop culture, or both, you'll love it too. Wil Wheaton's performance is just gravy.

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loved it

I especially loved Will's rendition of The Holy Gail. the story had so many references to 80s pop culture and early video game history that I was constantly reliving my childhood.

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Captivating

What did you love best about Ready Player One?

The plot bringing together today's technology mixed together with cult classics fromp the past. This book is a electric journey that keeps you on edge for the whole book. Can't wait for the movie to come out.

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  • Dave
  • 01-17-18

Ready Player One - immersive captivating and nostalgic

If your a 40 something geek then I’m sure you’ll love everything about this. If your not well I’m sure you’ll love the ride also! Off to get Armada on the strength of this book. Loved it.

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  • DCM
  • 01-17-18

Excellent listen/read. highly recommended

loved it. Excellent listen/read. if you're a sci-fi fan and like the Martain and Terry Pratchet books then you won't go wrong here.

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  • Mr J.
  • 01-17-18

Love this book

Excellent book with superb narration! can't wait for the film. if you love sci fi and the 80s this will be right up your street

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  • Derek
  • 01-17-18

A geek-out extravaganza

A huge part of me loved geeking out with this book. A world where remembering and quoting every line of a Monty Python film makes you a hero is unique, and very appealing.
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There is a lack of poetry in the descriptive sections, and the author has crammed every minority into one character. Interesting questions about identity arise and handled briefly and clumsily.
That said, it is undeniably a gripping story, and took a feat of imagination to create the world. A bit of poetry to go with the kit-lists and technical data would have been great.

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  • Nicola Burgess
  • 01-16-18

Amazing

Didn't ever want to stop listening will Wheaton's delivery and Ernest cline's storytelling amazed me

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  • Mark
  • 01-16-18

Superb story with a great narrator!

I could not stop listening to this book. Will Wheaton brought the characters alive and the story was as immersive as it's own plot. The references to 80s gaming and memorabilia brought back happy memories of Atari gaming.

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  • Mr. King
  • 01-16-18

Highly recommended

Fantastic listen for all sci-fi, fantasy, MMO and 80s fans. Download it now, can't wait for the film

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  • Sarah Clayton
  • 01-16-18

Great immersive adventure

Pleased to see this book is being made into a film for March 2018, as I’d like to see the story brought to life even more.
The story itself is very easy to follow, even though there are a lot of sci-fi references. It’s your typical adventure story, with deeper messages on not judging people by their exterior.

The audiobook reader really did well with sound effects and voice differentiation for the various characters, making it something I wanted to keep listening to!

I’d really recommend this audiobook.

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  • Mr. Rj Orwin
  • 01-16-18

A fantastic story. Couldn't stop listening to it!

I breezed through this book in three days! Fantastic story and very easy to get hooked on. The references made me laugh. Anyone who grew up in the 80s who liked sci fi will likely love this story. As will probably anyone else.

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  • Sowerbytom
  • 01-16-18

Good game

Modern day classic building on the concepts of 1984 but in an original and contemporary way. A great ride and a must for all geeks and those born in the 1980s.
Would highly recommend.

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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.

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  • Simon Keck
  • 11-20-17

perhaps the cringiest book I've ever read

If you suffer from social anxiety and the idea of talking to people in the real world fills you with dread, you'll probably find a lot of this book resonates with you. I'm all for pop culture and geeky obsessions, but it doesn't make for a fun read and the descriptions were so underwhelming. there are cool concepts inside, but the love story came off as really creepy. I've never rolled my eyes as much as I have reading this book, it could have been authored by /r/justneckbeardthings.

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  • Petra
  • 11-19-17

Couldn't put it down

Really thrilling book. Can't wait until the movie comes out next year. Great characters and it's really cool to have Wheaton referenced in the book and narrating it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-17

Great Book

Loved the narrator and the story was great. Got a bit soppy through the middle stages but finished strongly!