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Armada Audiobook

Armada

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Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

He rises up the ranks until there’s only one other player who can challenge his worldwide supremacy. As he closes in on his ultimate enemy, the game suspiciously shuts down, leading Zack to investigate the many urban legends and myths that surround Armada. What he finds will take him beyond his wildest dreams.

The game was just the beginning....

©2015 Random House Audiobooks (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

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    joe 04/08/2015
    joe 04/08/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Garbage"

    As a HUGE fan of Ready Player One I was so excited for this one, OMG it was such a let down.

    The story is appalling, not only is it a blatant rehash of Enders game/Last Star Fighter but it has the audacity to frequently reference both and constantly draw parallels. It is not new, unique or exciting in any way. All the "Easter eggs" that made RPO so cool just feel lazy and forced in Armada.

    Ok, this book is fun and fast paced but It felt like the book was rushed and absolutely no thought was put into it (a borrowed story line, one dimentional characters and a run time of less than 12hours) Honestly, if it wasn't for Will Weaton i probably wouldn't have even finished this. So disappointed!

    25 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    James 11/05/2016
    James 11/05/2016
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    "A great listen, with interesting current topics"

    Great narrating by Wheaton. The story is a little out there towards the end in what previously follows a interesting current topic of vr and battle simulators. As always a great book by a great author!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Antti 09/05/2016
    Antti 09/05/2016
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    "Millenium Falcon Has Problems With Hyperdrive"

    Unlike many readers and listeners, I wasn’t exactly won over by ”Ready Player One”, and I admit that only a third into ”Armada” I was ready to give up. The premise was too thin for my liking, and while I could appreciate fantastical things taking place out of the blue, unlikely turns and even, as it happens, the likeliest and most obvious ”twists”, I felt completely detached from what was going on to the point where I asked myself why I should bother reading further.

    I did, however, until the very end, but I’m not quite sure if it did me any good. As has been pointed out, Cline’s referential style revolves around him writing his versions of his favourite stories, amply referencing them and toying with them along the way, but his hybrid just doesn’t seem worth the trouble to me. Perhaps I’ve never been into the whole fan fiction thing to appreciate what’s going on, but then again, this isn’t really supposed to be fan fiction as far as I’m concerned.

    Yet then again, this is a light read, and to some extent fulfills its function. In some way I think the strength in Cline’s writing is that he trusts the reader to know what’s coming next so that he can offer his variation on it. And to be honest, isn’t this what storytelling has been about since forever? Not that there weren’t awkward moments, or that the deus ex machina he used so much in ”Ready Player One” didn’t pop up conveniently here as well. It’s just that when it read well, it read incredibly well. I suppose that’s part of the irritation, really: I’m boarding Millenium Falcon and just as we’re about to hit hyperspace, it doesn’t work, fiddlesticks! See, I was trying to be the geeky me.

    As for narration, I wasn’t too fond of Wheaton before, but he’s really growing on me. There are moments where he’s the one making it all click with his enthusiasm and obvious freewheeling fun he’s exuding. Definitely carries the narrative.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Evil RobotNixon 18/09/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great book by Ernest Cline"

    A great second book, like Ready Player One, full of pop culture references. Moves along at a good pace and does not let up!!!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Rob 08/08/2015
    Rob 08/08/2015
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    "Another Hit!"

    This is another fantastic book by Ernest Cline! If you loved Ready Player One, you'll most definitely enjoy this. A good combination of pop culture with science fiction. Any lover of video games especially games like Space Invaders will have a great time reading this.
    Keep up the amazing work!
    P.S Will Wheaton does great Impressions, especially 'British'.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah 06/08/2015
    Hannah 06/08/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "This is no 'Ready Player One'"
    If you could sum up Armada in three words, what would they be?

    Armada? Sadly underwhelming.


    Would you recommend Armada to your friends? Why or why not?

    Hmm, probably not. Like...its fine? And I recommended Ready Player One left, right and center...but this? No. Probably not.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Wil is my favorite reader - he has the perfect reading voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Armada never quite achieves what it sets out to and instead of paying homage to sci fi classics (such as Ender's Game, as noted elsewhere) it borrows far too much from them. Additionally I never found myself investing in these characters in the same way I did with Ready Player One. It was fine. You might like it. You might not.

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    Mr Redmond London, England 17/09/2017
    Mr Redmond London, England 17/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Cline's boner for pop culture references ruins it"

    Cline' s geekyness comes through again in this Last Starfighter/Ender's Game mashup, full of gamer, 80s music and 80s sci-fi references all vying for their turn to trigger your member berries (South Park reference).
    It gets nauseating when you start predicting what he's going to say next. My thought patterns went something like this, 'oh, there's a bead of sweat running down the characters head, I remember a similar moment in Total Recall as this is visual sign of treachery and fear. I wonder if Cline will make mention to that? Oh god he is. He really is'. This happened a loy.
    The thing is, if you get the pop culture reference then you get the pop culture reference. If you don't, then telling me where the pop culture reference has come from won't mean anything to me.
    The story doesn't hold a candle to Ready Player One - a much better story. I just hope that when the film eventually makes Landfall (oh my god, I've never written the word 'landfall' in my entire life. I only remembered to use it because Cline uses it at least 5 times in the space of a few chapters. And while we're at it the word 'contorted' ,to describe his father's face, must have appeared nearly 10 times. Honestly man, use a thesaurus) that the movie, game and music references don't have to be spelled out for the obviously young audience that only this movie will appeal to. Expect an Armada at the box office...an armada of the uninitiated.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nina UK 31/08/2017
    Nina UK 31/08/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Wheaton-mania! it's contagious!"

    Ernest Cline delivers with another easy to read, fun story. Let's be honest though, this book sits in the shadow of the excellent 'Ready Player One' and suffers for it.

    This book is more of the same geekiness from the previous novel, and is packed to the gunnels with references and quotes from classic sci-fi films and games, yet the setting somehow makes this seem less natural and more shoehorned in. As a result the prose feels slightly awkward. That all said, I have really enjoyed listening to its geeky 'nonsense' during my daily commute!

    Will Wheaton's enthusiasm explodes out of the book and serves to spark your imagination, taking you straight off to another time, another life, another world... His voice has this unique charisma which charges you up and makes you keep going longer, just like a Duracell bunny! He is a perfect narrator for this and I hope to come across more of his work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luke 18/02/2017
    Luke 18/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "So much quotation that it is close to plagiarism."

    This book started badly, deteriorated towards the middle and only got worse from there.
    The author seems to have watched a lot of sci-fi films and decided that they would be better if they were jumbled together and badly written.
    Every line is either a quotation or full of sci-fi name dropping, to the point that whole paragraphs are just lists of sci-fi films.
    The plot reads like a Dan Brown book conspiracy, where the subtle plot consists of jamming dates and memorable names together and then saying "These happened within the same decade! They must be linked by a conspiracy of world ending proportions!"
    The main character felt whiny and self-involved, which wasn't aided by the poor choice of using the first-person to narrate the story.
    Overall, it was just highly disappointing.

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    cherryredpinup 11/01/2017
    cherryredpinup 11/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Really Poor"
    What would have made Armada better?

    Massive editing, a smidge or originality


    What was most disappointing about Ernest Cline’s story?

    So derivative, hackneyed, predictible and DULL. The pop culture references are jarrring (and what's the point of referencing things and then explaining them straight after?).

    Clearly conceived as an homage to classic sci-fi films etc but all it manages is to remind the listener/reader what made them great and the book doesn't stand up to the comparison.

    Can't get over how cliched everything was, and how sloooooowwwly the whole enterprise was drawn out, It was four hours in before the "OMG THE GAME IS REAL" reveal that is clearly what the book is about. Eight hours in I gave up wishing there was going to actually be a second reveal. Nope. The end is supposedly a "twist" but you know it's coming for hours. Not one single thing is original or surprising. Not one. It's really, really poor.

    And the dialogue.....oh dear.

    Even though I bought this as a Daily Deal for only £1,99 I still returned it.


    What three words best describe Wil Wheaton’s voice?

    Laconic
    Inoffensive
    Nice

    I am a fan of Wheaton in general but even he couldn't make this excting.


    What character would you cut from Armada?

    Considering there wasn't one actual "character" in it just a series of tropes and cardboard outlines I can't pick one.


    Any additional comments?

    Seek out the source material not this bland "best of space" behemoth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Hamish
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    23/07/15
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    "A Sci-Fi Great"

    Loved it! Ernest Cline writes another engrossing book I can't stop read/listening to. Obviously hard to follow up after Ready Player One and many themes are similar here, but still delightful though at times it did sound a little too similar to Enders Game.

    The narration is the the best! Will Wheaton is frickin amazing as the narrator. Different voices and characters come alive and just add and pump up this book to new heights.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • B. Daniel
    Australia
    08/11/17
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    "Wants to be Ready Player One, but falls short"

    Has similar themes to the excellent Ready Player One (80s culture, video games, global scale competing), but I just didn’t find the story that interesting. Look forward to the author doing something different in their next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vinodhan
    07/10/16
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    "A must-listen for fans of the genre"

    Yes. It's no Ready Player One" (how could it be?) but (proud) geekdom will still find this a highly satisfying and heartening offering from the same author. And, really, what can be better than Wil Wheaton once again taking us on the joyride?
    It's not life altering (probably) and is just a tad heavy handed somehow in dishing out some of its pop culture pearls (the very beauty of Cline's work I know and agree) but you will enjoy the storytelling way too much to let that detract.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Batman
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    31/08/16
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    "Great Book!"

    Pretty good, hey. A sea of pop culture references again. Story line was a little derivative, but credit was definitely given where it was due. A very pleasant read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Torben
    Cork, Ireland
    26/04/16
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    "Fun, quirky, way too many pop culture references"

    Fun listen with Will doing an excellent, as usual. Does feel like a ride on the nostalgia train, using pop culture references like nails to embed you in the story, as if referencing The Thing or Star Trek will somehow make it feel more based in reality and more intriguing, despite being pretty average. Do read, it's still fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    19/10/15
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    "Nom nom nom"
    What did you like best about Armada? What did you like least?

    After Ready Player One, I was expecting another epic three course banquet. In comparison, Armada is more like a happy meal. But hey, there's NOTHING wrong with the occasional happy meal... just know that this book is a completely different meal from RPO and you'll be okay.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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