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Ready Player One Audiobook

Ready Player One

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Earth's future is bleak in the gripping sci-fi fantasy audiobook Ready Player One, written by the brilliant Ernest Cline and narrated by American actor Wil Wheaton. Set in the near future, most of the human race have locked themselves into a virtual reality to escape the planet that the past generations had destroyed. Within this virtual existence lies the answer to infinite riches and Wade Watts spends every second on the treasure hunt. It is a frenzied race with countless players, all infected with desperation. The danger is intense and will affect them all. Available now from Audible.

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Imagine a dystopian future where citizens are forced to live in a virtual reality just to escape the unsettling state of the present. Narrated by actor Will Wheaton, this thrilling story is a fast-paced adventure that pits thousands of desperate members of humanity against each other in the ultimate race for the winning prize.

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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    Mark United Kingdom 09/04/2014
    Mark United Kingdom 09/04/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "Ready Reader One"

    This is something of a gamer geek novel - so I preface all my views with the caveat that like Neal Stevenson's REAMDE it may appeal to those, like me, of a certain sub-culture. The story-line itself is not so remarkable, civilization in deep decline in the next few decades yada yada. What makes this story interesting is the alternative that the majority of the population turn to in order to escape and a challenge that arises therein.
    It is fast paced story that never seemed to drag. It has a great 1980's sub-plot if you have fond memories of early games, TV, books, film and computers. I found the characters and their gamer-style issues with RL (real-life) accurate and engaging. I found myself looking forward to the drive to work in the mornings (when I get to listen to my audiobooks) which doesn't often happen to me!
    The narration by Wil Wheaton (of ST:TNG fame and avid gamer) is excellent, a really good choice and nice kind of twist as you will find out if you choose to listen.
    All in all I consider this one of my best ever spontaneous buys on Audible after being a member for many years - highly recommended.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn 21/03/2016
    Robyn 21/03/2016 Member Since 2017

    I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors are Sanderson and Abercrombie, with Pacey or Degas as narrator. Happy!

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    "Surprisingly enjoyable!"

    On paper, I was not supposed to like this book. It's about a teenager who spends his entire life in an online virtual reality world playing a quest (reminds me of my weekly challenge to get my kids off their i-stuff and outside for a bit!) BUT - this story is actually all about paying homage to the 80s, plus a bit of rom-com for good measure!

    Absolutely loved it!! Once I started, I couldn't put it down. If you're into your 40's/50's and enjoy a bit of '80s nostalgia, then this one's not to be missed!

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah 28/07/2014
    Hannah 28/07/2014 Member Since 2014

    Video games, movies, books, comics, animals.

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    "Are you ready to begin?"
    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    First and foremost, Wil Wheaton is a first-class narrator - he has absolutely the most perfect voice for audiobooks (not too bassy, not too nasally) and doesn't do too badly with accents either (unlike some other narrators which have caused me to return books!). Secondly, the world of Ready Player One is - as noted in the novel - everything any reader or gamer has ever dreamed of: essentially a 'holodeck' experience. It is the book's exploration of the pros and cons of this system that draws you in - in Star Trek we see people using the holodecks for recreation, essentially living out episodes in an ongoing drama; but as Ready Player One points out....why would you ever leave?


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

    I have desperately been searching for something else as engaging and exciting as RPO since I finished reading! My recommendations would probably be to read other books which effectively create alternative worlds - perhaps 'The Knife of Never Letting Go' by Patrick Ness, 'Peter and Max' by Bill Willingham and 'Divergent' by Veronica Roth.


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    As I mention above, Wil is an excellent reader. He has an obvious love for the subject matter and, having been an actor on Star Trek 'The Next Generation' and a teenager in the late 80s and early 90s, has a strong familiarity with many of the pop culture references. Wheaton sounds like he is having an absolute ball with this reading!


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

    'What would you sacrifice to win the ultimate prize?'


    Any additional comments?

    Read (.....listen to). This. Book.

    27 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Beccameriel London, United Kingdom 18/12/2012
    Beccameriel London, United Kingdom 18/12/2012 Member Since 2011

    Fan of urban fantasy & Victorian gothic especially set in London. Oh, and Georgette Heyer.

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    "Great fun for geeks and children of the 80s"

    Wil Wheaton is the perfect narrator for this fun adventure story. I'm not a gamer but enjoyed the cultural references immensely particularly the music. I found the characters believeable and endearing and was even a little moved by a revelation about one of them towards the end. I can really see this as a film and have been mentally casting ever since.



    It's a light read but I was completely gripped to the extent of going for long walks so that I could justify binge listening!

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    Nina UK 24/01/2017
    Nina UK 24/01/2017 Member Since 2014

    Always looking for the next rabbit hole to tumble down.

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    "80's House of Surprises"

    What a gem! This book is humorous, tense and geeky. If you're a fan of computer games you will enjoy it a lot.

    The story takes you into the 80's world of games, films and music. There are a countless number of references which will keep you interested and entertain till the end.

    I couldn't help myself from trying to second guess what is going to happen next, but the author did a brilliant job of keeping surprises coming right up till the last pages.

    The characters are likeable and put up a good fight against, well, that would be telling now, wouldn't it...

    I so enjoyed it! This book is well worth a credit and there is a good potential for the story to turn great on the big screen.

    Wil Wheaton gives a good performance. His steady voice fits well into the story, so you can absorb every part of its geekiness without missing out the details.

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    james 14/10/2016
    james 14/10/2016 Member Since 2014

    Just getting into audiobooks and loving it hoping

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    "fantastic"

    just fantastic love this book verry geeky and my book of the year wil wheaton dude a verry good job my a must read.

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    Justin Coyne 05/10/2015
    Justin Coyne 05/10/2015 Member Since 2008

    Fav authors Patrick Rothfuss, David Gemmell, Simon Kernick and Joe Abercrombie. Fav readers Paul Thornley, Steven Pacey and Sean Barrett.

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    "total nerd fest"

    You have to be a geek to like this one! Narration is excellent! This isn't anything new, but is very nicely put together.

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    steven Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom 11/05/2012
    steven Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom 11/05/2012 Member Since 2015
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    "80's Teenager!"

    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 :)

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    ruuman UK, Surrey 17/05/2015
    ruuman UK, Surrey 17/05/2015 Member Since 2014

    ruuman

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    "was ok, if a bit predictable"

    the performance is solid, but the whole story was predictable and just felt like it was pandering to modern geek culture rather than concentrating on the story. but was fairly enjoyable.

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    Alathia 14/02/2015
    Alathia 14/02/2015
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    "You will not be able to pause this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    While I do not have the print version, the fact that Will Wheaton reads this is an undeniable plus.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Art3mis. She has conviction and drive, knows what she wants and goes for it. It's a world somewhat dominated by men but she manages to succeed via brains and personality. The virtual reality that most of the book takes place in means that her physical appearance is almost a non issue which is refreshing for a female character.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    His performance was perfectly pitched, he was clearly enjoying it himself and his sense of timing was brilliant. Best of all though is the fact that Wil Wheaton is actually mentioned in the story itself, he is part of the world. Hearing Wil Wheaton talk about Wil Wheaton just made me smile!


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

    I found the relationship between the Japanese brothers particularly moving, it's explained in more detail towards the end of the book and I found Shoto's talk with Wade in his fortress one of the best scenes in the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this because there was a lot of hype around it. In some ways I was a bit disappointed. It was far from an incredible read and I don't really get why some people consider it one of their favourite books.It was definitely enjoyable and I have rated it highly. It's a fast paced treasure hunt that I found very difficult to put down. In fact I kind of resented that I had to stop listening to it to work and sleep and talk to people. I really really wanted to know what was going to happen next and it was a very engaging read, even for someone with very little video game knowledge.However I wasn't hugely attached to any of the characters. Apart from the main character there wasn't a huge amount of character progression. The baddies are somewhat one dimensional and I found it difficult to believe that they had sufficient motivation for some of their actions. I just wasn't that attached. Possibly someone more into geek culture would get more out of this.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Gabriele
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    "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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • James
    02/05/15
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    "Recommended from The Martian - didn't disappoint"

    I don't think I would have chosen this book had it not been a recommendation from someone after I had read Andy Weir's 'The Martian'. While the setting is very different the heart of the story is similar with the main character struggling to solve problems.
    Wil Wheaton gave a fantastic performance and while at the start I associated his voice as his own I quickly became to hear it as the characters'.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Holdfast
    23/04/17
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    "Excellent!"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    26/12/16
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    "Favourite book in a long long time. Must read."

    Another fantastic book. Read amazingly again by Wil Wheaton . Can not wait for the movie!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Steinberg
    22/11/16
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    "Wow never thought I would enjoy this type of book"

    I loved it all. Wil Wheaton is great. The story was fantastic. Maybe a little long but great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    09/11/16
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    "good listen, enjoyed the story and the performance"

    Good listen, enjoyed the story and the performance. I'll keep this one on the phone for a few more hearings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mohammed
    06/11/16
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    "Only for gamers and nerds."

    Not a book for anyone but gamers and nerds.
    The references get a bit much at times, but overall a very enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Olga
    20/10/16
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    "Best book ever"

    Sometimes it got muddled up but the rest was amazing the tension built up perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lance
    12/10/16
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hendri
    06/10/16
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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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