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  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
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By: Ernest Cline
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
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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.

Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

The book behind the major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

Now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

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 10,000 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 dies 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.

If you loved Ready Player One and can't wait for more, check out Armada, Ernest Cline's latest geek masterpiece!

©2011 Ernest Cline (P)2012 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut." (Independent)

"Part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart." (CNN)

"Ernest Cline’s novel deserves to be a modern classic." (SciFiNow)

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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.

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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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Back to The 80s

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This is a great book for anyone who remembers the 80s - especially if you were a young teenager at that time.

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

None that I have read.

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

The narration was excellent. The characters were really brought to life. I smiled when he intoned the smilies added to the text messaging

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

Ready Player One? - Can You Successfully Navigate the 1980's?

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I was a little worried that this was a young adult type of book. I still don't know if that is the demographic the author was aiming for or not but there was enough "oh I remember that" moments in the book to make me believe the story was written for my age group. The storyline is nothing ground breaking but the book is written in such an entertaining way with lots of 80's references to keep a "kid of the 1980's" engaged and enthralled enough that the story sometimes takes a bit of a backseat. I just wish the author had included more references to the importance of Rock music during those magical times.

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I love this book

Loved it, listening to it is one thing but having It read to you is so much more thrilling

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Brilliant book! :)

I love this book and didn't want it to end. And perfectly narrated by Wil Wheaton.

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Definite recommend

If you are 30-40 years old and have been interested in geek culture, gaming and movies from the 70s, 80s and 90s, then this book is for you. Fast paced and littered with nods to famous movies and games that caused me to smile each time I knew the subject matter. Thoroughly enjoyable and interesting enough that even if you are not in the target age bracket it will still keep you entertained.

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Beautifully written & narrated

Highly recommended for the exciting storyline, the nostalgia fest for those of us old enough to remember dungeons and dragons and the assorted 80s iconography, and the sheer entertainment value. The best narration I've heard in ages. Well worth it.

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Brilliant!!

Amazing narration and a great story. Not my usual go to book but I definitely recommend this audiobook.

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Great book but.....

Wheatons narration is superb and cannot be faulted on this book. The story is a clever idea and has some lovely geek and nerd references to suit everyone. That being said I found Clines writing to lack real substance. His characters (both in the real world and as avatars) are very flat. He also waffles too much in unnecessary places. I suspect this is why his second book Ready Player Two hasn’t been well received. It’s a shame because with some minor editing and a bit more thought to the actual protagonists this could have been a truly superb book and maybe even a cult classic in the years to come.
Personally I think Spielberg did a better job of the characters in the movie. In the book they come over as mostly unlikable and annoying but this is due to the lack of character depth more than the characters themselves.

Points for effort tho and worth a read.

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Fantastic on all fronts

winderfully enticing book, i felt as though it was written just for me, and the delivery from will wheaton was suprisingly impressive.

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