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  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (5,077 ratings)

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By: Ernest Cline
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
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Summary

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....

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Sorry

I was surprisingly swept up by ready player one, i am a child of the eighties and felt the drawn parallels of that era with the future timeline of RPO were fairly well done but oh my god are they forced in this book and it does it a disservice. Everything including the adult characters are sooo juvenile. Really let down by Zak's dad. Vance was like a villain plucked right from ANY video game or 80's/90's movie, virtually no depth and I'm being generous. The thing at the end, oooohhhh please!, I'm trying to save spoilers but I really want to save people the disappointment if I'm honest.

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Amazing but....

First off it's great. A rip roaring yarn that Wil embodies 100% no person on earth should or could read this book

This books nerdfo is so strong that it feels a little bogged down at times. Roll with it and it will leave you more satisfied than a pan galactic gargle blaster.

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So cliche it hurt

The book is so cliche you can't help but laugh at it. For most of the book i was expecting it to end with "but it was all juat a dream" . What saved it for me was abother faultless performance by Will making getting to the end mostly bearable.
If you read this book before Ready Player One and are put off reading Ready Player One don't be that book is so much better you should go read it now.

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Good story made awesome by narration

All the while I was listening to this, I kept thinking that this isn't the kind of book that I normally like that much, but I was really loving it. Then it hit me. The narration was making a good book amazing. This is definitely one of those cases where listening to the narration is definitely better than reading the book.

Strongly recommended.

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I love ernest clines books.

I finished the 11 hour story in 2 days because I was hooked and I couldn't stop listening to it.

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loved it!

Will Wheaton never let's the story down. can't wait to read more from Ernest Cline!! just as good as readyplayerone

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Amazing Concept

Loved this story. I was hooked from the first few minutes. Amazing adventure, emotional, gripping.

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loved it

if u are a fan of 80s pop culture or videogames give this book a chance u wont regret it. I loved this book alot and i can really see his other books in this one. this book made me laugh and cry and I could really project myself onto the characters. I wasn't a fan of the very end however I dont think they let it breath. I loved wil Wheatons narration of both ready player one and armada.

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god read, excellent narration and story, nostalgic

great story, nostalgic 80s, wargames, contact and homage played to many other great movies from the past

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interesting idea great story

Very much enjoyed the story even though it is a bit far fetched. The only problem with the story is the fact that something so major was kept secret for so long wit so many people involved. But if you can overcome that implausibility then I think it is a very enjoyable story. It's well read too.

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