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Ready Player One

Written by: Ernest Cline
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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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

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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Fun and engaging. Worth it for a light read.

The story is a young adult adventure and reminiscent of the movies we'd watch as kids. Anyone who's grown up with 80s and 90s nostalgia and pop culture will love it.

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Going outside is highly overrated

I'll start with the cons. First off, I hate that they put the poster of the movie adaptation on the cover. I'm one of those OCD guys who like even their digital collection to look pristine and classy, which this cover is decidedly not. Moreover, the movie was silly. It didn't do justice to the source material. But I'm not here to talk about that.

Secondly, I believe casting Wil Wheaton to narrate the story was a bad idea. The book is set in 2041; but was released in 2011 and references things from even earlier. Wheaton, a Star Trek veteran, is one of many casual references in the book. Thing is, he's mentioned ONCE. Barely matters to the plot. And still they cast Wheaton to narrate the audiobook based on that tenuous connection, presumably. This is a problem because the story is narrated by a teenager. So the voice of a 40-year old man telling this story just feels... off. People who'll be teenage celebrities in 2041 haven't been born yet, so I understand their choices from a celebrity pool were limited, but I still think avoiding the celebrity trap and casting a teen actor would've been a better choice.

Wheaton does give a first-rate performance, don't get me wrong, Credit where credit is due... writing ornate prose isn't Cline's strong suit, and Wheaton does sell some of the clunky dialog with his delivery alone.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, this book is a joyride! The plot is barebones... our protagonist has to win an easter egg hunt in a futuristic VR video game: the Oasis. If he wins, there's great prizes waiting. If he loses, Evil Corp will get their hands on those prizes and use it for, you know, evil. The hook of the story is the many, many 80s pop-culture references that populate the world of Oasis. There have been stories banking on nostalgia before, but none that weave the nostalgia so integrally and so successfully to the plot.

Speaking of the plot, it's remarkably tight, (unlike the movie I might add). The worldbuilding is well-done and immersive in itself; but the real fun is when the action begins. Even with the conventional structure, the story has quite a few surprises up its sleeve. The only plot hole that bothered me is that how in the world did an 18-year old boy get the time to consume and become an expert on all the movies, shows, anime series, bands and most of all video games that he mentions. There's simply not enough time! I'm willing to let it go, though.

TL;DR - Despite its shortcomings in the prose and character department, the story is fun and breezy enough to be worth your while. And if an overdose of pop-culture references don't bother you, it's downright delightful. It takes a while to get used to Wil Wheaton voicing a teen, but his performance is a good one. The best part about this audiobook is that the pacing never gets slow enough to bore you and yet it doesn't demand a level of concentration so high that you can't multitask. It's exactly what an audiobook should be. Heartily recommended.

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Amazing

Took me to a new world. The voice and the story was just fabulous. Loved it.

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Immersive story line but drags a bit

The romance part is cheesy on otherwise an addictive listen. Hero seems to be invisible and everything just seems to fall in place at the right time always.

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Mesmerized by the awesomeness of OASIS!

Will Wheaton did his job and poured out all events and characters in such a fashion that you will feel like living next to them in Oasis.
Great book and so detailed that you'll relive your childhood and of course the Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One movie. Movie helped a lot to imagine stuffs and relive each moments with astounding details. Kudos to Ernest to such an amazing sci-fiction.

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Wow... Just Incredible

The book is really awesome and the narration by Will Wheaton is just mind blowing..

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Great story, brilliant performance

Like many other people, this was my first book on audible. And it didn't disappoint.
The story was great, though at a few places the descriptions of certain things/situations seemed to be stretched out for longer than was required.
However, the general storyline kept me hooked till the end.
Special mention to the brilliant performance by Wil Wheaton. As the story progresses, I slowly started "hearing" all the different characters, even though it was performed by just one person.

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Great first book !!!

Initially I was a bit sceptical about an audiobook. It took me a while to get used to audiobook. However, once I got used to it , I was hooked. It became a habit to listen to the book while jogging everyday. It was a brilliant performance by Wheaton. The story itself was brilliant put. It even has a great love story. My first audiobook I will remember for the rest of my life.

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  • Gabriele
  • 08-09-12

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!

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  • W1M0
  • 14-10-17

Fun Concepts, Odd Character Responses

I reached a point where I got irritated with the main character (not the performance).

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  • James
  • 02-05-15

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'.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-07-19

First audiobook

I've read this book about 6 times, so I decided to listen to it as my first audiobook, the experience was amazing, the performance by Wil Wheaton was great and the flexibility offered by audible allowed me to listen to the book anywhere I wanted.

I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-19

Loved the movie and wanted to know the real story

The original story did not disappoint.
I’ve seen the movie first and loved it as I was pretty much a NERD and could relate to most of the references in the movie.
But the original story in the book blowed me further away than the movie did.
I could understand the movie changed many parts of the story in order to make it more attractive to achieve high in box office thus I wanted to know what the original story was in the first place.
If you have any interest in pop culture, technology, board games, video games, virtual reality, and other related field, this book is a must read / listen. And read to you by one of the members of The Big Bang Theory - Wil Wheaton was good. Although it feels like Wil didn’t have much experience reading thus there were many parts where every characters voices were the same. No unique accent, change of tone, voice, etc.
Other than that, it was a blast learning the original story.

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  • Muhammad Alfiansyah
  • 07-07-19

Maybe better than the movies.

I did mot enjoy the second 20 minutes. It feels like random rant over live

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  • Simon Gentile
  • 15-06-19

80s trivia and geek fandom at its best

Fun, entertaining and geeky story with an amazing performance by wil wheaton. You the man.

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  • Peter Carson
  • 11-06-19

I was hooked the entire time!

A truly magnificent and mesmerizing story. Completely original. One day I listened to it for 6 hours

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-19

Amazing

It is my first time trying audible.
I love how the movie have its own story so the story is different from the book, I enjoy both of them.

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  • Rodrigo
  • 21-05-19

First audiobook I don't enjoy.

The story was nor intriguing and quite predictable. It relies on references for the sake of references instead of being its own thing. Wil Wheaton is good, but his performance is unremarkable here.

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  • Nicholas Hallam
  • 03-09-17

Reindeer Flotilla Setec Astronomy

Firstly, I would like to say Will Wheaton did an amazing job at narrating, he kept my attention throughout the duration of the book. You could tell he enjoyed reading Ready Player One (Especially when he was referenced in the book).

Ernest Cline seems to have a way of painting a picture in the reader/listeners mind, without lingering on the story for to long. The story was intriguing, sometimes predictable... But I didn't mind, as it had a lot of interesting references, and the predictability was still entertaining.

I would happily recommend this book.

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  • GD
  • 08-05-18

Loved it. A must read for any gamer.

Loved it. Such an interesting story of what the future of gaming and society could be like. If you grew up with with Atari or Commodore 64 and still love gaming then this is your book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-18

So good!

I was hooked from the first line and it held my attention till the very end. Loved the 80’s nostalgia and gaming references. The movie was different enough to book that you could experience them separately without the details being repeated. My 11 yr old was also hooked (there were one or two slightly inappropriate references for his age but 13 and up would probably be fine). Highly recommended!

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  • Rymkervic
  • 05-02-19

All the stars are deserved

Got this to read due to big star profile from readers, wasn't expecting much but this is something else - the detail is beyond belief and not in a boring way. Hats off totally to the author. Awesome

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-18

Better than Valium!

Like watching a YouTube Minecraft walkthrough with audio only . I wanted to love it but it was just so, so boring

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-17

A book that can't be put down

Be prepared to put aside important things as Ready Player One takes over your time.

With a plot as sound as the content, this is one book that engages you from start to finish. Relatable to anyone from a teenager to a 40 year old, there are references that both ends of the spectrum will find appealing and will justify the investment in time spent enjoying game/movie/comic culture over your life.

Really a great read and I highly recommend it.

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  • glenn urquhart
  • 23-01-16

Enjoyable fan-service romp. Wil Wheaton great.

Yes it unashamedly riffs off blatant and continual nostalgia but it was just a really fun romp.
Wil's narration was great and good to hear female characters not getting the wussy, inspipid, breathy read most make narrators give them.
I got most of the references, but not all, and I'm not sure you'd get as much out of this story if you aren't somewhat familiar with the 80's or old-school videogames, but I found it utterly ridiculous fun and didnt want it to end.

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  • Tracey
  • 27-05-16

Not my cup of tea

This book is well written and easy to follow (even for a computer game dumbo), it is very descriptive and explained well, I just found it boring and hard going. Again, just not for me.

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  • Mark
  • 30-11-15

Simply Brilliant.

Love, love, loved this. I think it's one of my top 5 audio books. Amazing.

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  • Ross
  • 04-06-16

story is silly and not believable at times

the main character is very annoying and it seem silly that he knows every reference to every pop culture topic. will wheaton is a great narrator it is an alright listen overall.

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