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
If you were born around 1960-1975 you will love the nostalgia in this book. A light SciFi romp, easy listening, but with lots to recomend it. Cline researched the history of video games and infact PS's like a true Geek! but managed to carry the storyline along without loosing my interest. Even a reminder of the great Rush LP 2012. Lighten up for a while, give it a go, you'll be glad you did :)
I picked this up with no expectations at all and was blown away. It is one of those books that you just can't tear yourself away from and you are a little sad when its over. Most of the reviews state that this will appeal to nerds, computer gamers and children of the eighties (and I admit that I'm all three) but I think you'd have to have a pretty hard heart not to love this book no matter who you were.
Wil Wheaton was a great choice for narrator and he does a fantastic job.
I really like this book and Wil Wheaton is brilliant at reading this, also did anyone else keep thinking of anorak looking like Steve Jobs.
Well worth your money 10/10
By far the best audiobook I have listen to
None, I am desperately trying to find something to replace Wade and co's adventure in the Oasis, but so far to no avail.
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 thought the matrix was a big place to visit, wait until you see the Oasis.
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.
Note, this is very much young adult.
I didn’t pick up on this in the reviews but it’s written for 13 year olds. It’s still an OK book, but I was expecting a funny version of Neuromancer, it’s more Neuromancer written by JK Rowling.
It’s also a bit Asperger’s. The author LOVES lists, everything is listed. At one stage he opens a cupboard and then lists the 10 different cereals. This happens over and over. Everything gets listed. Towards then end he enters a room with old computers in it. He lists all 25 of them.
It’s almost a perfect book for a 13 year old with Aspergers, if only all the trivia wasn’t about the 1980’s.
The narration is spot on & it is very readable – one review I saw after buying said “it’s the worst book I ever couldn’t stop reading”, which is oddly apt.
I loved this book. I almost didn't pick it as it looked as it if was aimed at geeky teenage types. However, I was pretty gripped from the off. I was born in the 1970's so loved the heavy referencing of the 1980s/90s even though I'm not that familiar with video games of the time. Almost entirely set in a virtual world, if you enjoy futuristic/fantasy novels then this could be right up your street. A fairly easy listen and thoroughly enjoyable.
Everything - easy to get into, nice and original story, and a total nerds delight.
Wouldn't want to spoil it, but there are plenty of nerdy detais, so if you're into Sci-Fi I am sure you'll enjoy it.
The ending is worth the wait.
Made me laugh at points, there is some sadness, but I tend not to blub a lot!
Wil Wheaton's narration is extremely good too!
It made me look back on the 10,000+ hours i spent playing video games (online or otherwise) as time not so wasted, a Geektacular extravaganza made so much better by Will Wheaton, and the perfect way to end a day of retro gaming on my laptop while Star trek: The Next Generation plays out in the background, If you haven't done it, Try it, then listen to this book
Yes. Excellent narration by Wil Wheaton (who even manages to play it straight as he is forced to reference himself and his own body of work in the narration).
Mogworld by Ben Croshaw; both self-referential yet good-natured jabs at video-game fandom, but coming from opposite directions. Won't spoil it by saying more!
Characterisation. As such a well-known geek icon, he lends street cred to the performance, but as a talented actor in his own right he manages to inject life into the different characters and make each unique.
James Halliday is dead. But his best game has just gone live.
Ready Player One
The reading by Will Wheaton. it was brilliant it will not doubt sway me if I'm struggling to choose a new title to listen too.
Will Wheaton got himself into the book and that came out during his reading which really made me feel excited about what was happening.
The only problem with this brilliant book. Is title parts of the story. Which I only really notice after I listened the second and third times.
Story in the Oasis with its many possibilities meant that anything is possible which is brilliant. but at times it felt like the main character had an answer for any problem that came his way (best equipment, magic for any situation etc) After i realised this it took some of the feeling out of it...but not much i really did enjoy this book and will listen again at some point.
"Where's the sequel?!"
This was an incredible book, with both the writing and performance being top-class. I have never read a book much like this, yet I was deeply thrown into the story and really felt for the characters and the world around them.
I would recommend this book to those of you have ever had any interest in computing, retro gaming and retro film. It really is a 80s pop-culture book with an incredible setting and back story.
To be honest, I was upset when the book ended. The only question that came to my mind was: Where is the sequel?!
Hopefully one might be made soon... I know Ernest Cline hasn't ruled it out yet!
"Like a 12 year old first watching The Goonies"
Immersive, descriptive imagery.
The massive scale.
Honest, committed and pitched right. Except for Og's voice - which was just wrong. But that was such a small part of the book it doesn't matter. Also it was too slow, but on 1.25x speed on the Audible app it was fine.
Something terrible. Because a movie will water this book down and leave it a tepid, lame version of the original.
"Perfect narrator for the perfect geek story"
This book was a delight to listen to and made driving to work an absolute pleasure - the story is pure fanfiction and wil Wheaton delivers it in spades - I wish he did more audiobook work
"wow just wow"
Yes. Will take you back to the good old days and will make you think about what could be
Laught and reminissed
Best audio book I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Diddnt want it to end.
"A great fun read and nostalic romp"
Story was pretty solid although some plot points were a bit hard to believe but the fun allowed you to suspend belief just this once. Wil Wheaton did a great job with the narration.
It was different to what I had encountered before and really pleasant read. I really enjoyed the nostalgia, it gave me a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
Good job Wil.
If I had the time I would have gotten through this in one or two sittings but I like to pace myself to enjoy the story more.
"Absolute BEST contemporary sci-fi novel there is!"
This instantly became my favorite contemporary sci-fi novel. I can't say enough good things about it. The story is imaginative yet nostalgic, and the imagery and performance are superb. I typically have a hard time getting "into" stories that largely take place in cyber space... however this story is riveting, and the characters' real world stakes were high enough to keep my headphones glued to my ears. I have recommended this to MANY friends.
"A really great read, clever and unique."
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.
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
"Slowish start but it hooked me."
I was recommended this story by a friend of mine. He refused to tell me anything about it but just said "read it". At the start I thought the story was OK, but nothing to rave about. Then I slowly got more and more hooked. This ended up being a great story and a really interesting concept. The narration by Wil Wheaton was top notch. He didn't really try to put on any different voices for the different characters, which is how I like it.
"Wow, what a great find!"
Yes... definitely brought out the geek in me :)
Wade was a well crafted character that will resonate with so many readers.
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.
Even before I finished, I was back on line looking for sequels. Best book I have found in months.
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.
"This is now my favourite book of all time!"
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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