Ready Player One

Ready Player One

[a Novel]

Audiobook CD - 2011
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At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut-- part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
"It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS--a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be. Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them. ... And then, Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle"--Container.
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2011
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9780307970060
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (ca. 73 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Wheaton, Wil


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May 11, 2018

This was quite the 80's fanfest and I enjoyed the many ways that movies, music, video games and more were used to help the competitors find the keys. Some sections dragged on a bit much and erred on the side of pessimisim for the future. Overall, though, an enjoyable audiobook.

Mar 20, 2018

Four Stars! Very good!!
If you're a nerd, gamer, or someone that appreciates D&D, Tolkien, fantasy, internet culture, sci-fi and dystopian/alternate universe genres/ this!. More than ever is this book relevant. It touches on topics such as society, VR/Tech, pop culture, generation X,Y, &Z!
I love that normally unrepresented groups such as women in gaming, minorities in gaming, the government/military nefarious involvements in tech industries and their power. I read the downloadable audio book with Will Wheaton as the narrator. I really hope Spielberg does this book justice. I am extremely intrigued and curious about how H's character will play out in the movie as well as Art3mis' character since she has unique unrepresented and taboo physicality.

Mar 02, 2018

I give it maximum stars. This is a rare case where the audio book is rated higher than even the actual book. It starts a bit slow, as do most stories that have to lay the groundwork. But it quickly picks up speed and stays compelling throughout. Highly recommended. It's no wonder that Spielberg chose it to go to screen!

Mar 01, 2018

I listened to “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline Via Audible, plus read just a bit on Kindle, syncing with the audio. My husband and adult daughter both enjoyed it, and it is being released as a movie, so I decided to give it a shot and liked it quite a bit.
At first I gave it four stars, but have given that rating to “books I could never forget,” so dropped this down to a three. While I liked it a lot, I think it won’t stick with me over time. I have recommended it to a few people already though.
Will Wheaton was a terrific narrator, and the story remained interesting throughout.
I’m not a gamer, but I was in my 20’s in the 80’s and I could relate to the culture references as well as knowing the names of some of the games. No trouble following along, and it was easy to stay interested.
This is a “buddy” story and the main characters are older teens. I would classify it as young adult fiction, also not an issue for me, though I am no longer a young adult! Readers who like The Hunger Games and Divergent would like this story.
Engaging. No sex or language issues. Glad I read it and am looking forward to the movie.

Oct 28, 2017

This book turned out to be much better than I thought it would be. I found the author to be very descriptive and the story so good and so different (at least to me), that, after a while, I began to wonder if there might be any plans to bring this story to a theater near you, perhaps rolled out game/contest style.


I did learn that Steven Spielberg took this on and that the film is scheduled for release at the end of March 2018. Whether or not it will be rolled out/marketed game/contest style remains to be seen, but I do know that you can enter a giveaway drawing for the print book over at (at least until October 30, 2017).


I skimmed through the other reviews here and noticed that one reviewer mentioned that this had elements of Farhenheit 451 and 1984. Perhaps I’ll recognize those elements that resemble those novels upon a subsequent reading or via the movie. To me, this book strongly reminded me of Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, one of my favorite stories of all time, so it makes a lot of sense that I enjoyed this story, too. (Later I noticed that USA Today described this as Willie Wonka meets The Matrix, so I guess I’m not too off mark with the vibe I got while listening to the book.)

The same reviewer who mentioned Fahrenheit 451 and 1984 also mentioned regretting getting this as an audio book. I can see why someone would mention that. There were a couple of times when I found the reading of the video game scores rather tedious, but overall, I wouldn’t have opted for the print version. I thought the person chosen to do the narration had a voice that matched this character really well. Plus, it is quite likely that this would still be on my shelf of books to read if I had opted for the print version instead. It was quite easy to fit the audio version in during bits and pieces of spare time. If you’re able to listen to at least half an hour of it a day (and it doesn’t need to be all at once) you shouldn’t have any problem in keeping up with the characters or the story line.

A number of reviewers also mentioned all the 80s pop music references. Though I did see one complaint about it, I, like most of the reviewers here, really enjoyed it. The author makes reference to some really great songs from the 80s. Anyone remember “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats, “Burning Down the House” by the Talking Heads, or “Invincible” by Pat Benatar? Those are some of the more obscure song titles; he mentions other, better known ones as well. In fact, someone made a Spotify playlist of the songs mentioned in Ready Player One. You can link to it here: In addition to that, the author even mentions the “Verb” song from Schoolhouse Rock. 80s references are sprinkled throughout the book. I think most who are familiar with that era will enjoy them.

Aug 10, 2017

I guess I don't have any nostalgia for the 80s, or at least I don't find it interesting to read about references to The Breakfast Club or video games of that decade. The book is rife with these references that are meant to make people who grew up in the 80s smile to themselves and feel satisfied that they are in the know, but it's not interesting reading and it was distracting from the plot. Also, the main character is so petulant and self-righteous that it made me really dislike him. Not my style.

Jun 28, 2017

Fascinating story read creatively by Wil Wheaton, and I was very excited to discover the movie is due out in March 2018, directed by Spielberg, music by John Williams! This is so good, I purchased a gift book for a couple I thought would enjoy the detailed adventure, 80s pop culture, and feel-good ending. They certainly did. I personally find most video games too stressful, but here I could learn about them while others played. Listening again on my new set of audio CDs. It does contain language not suitable for some readers.

ArapahoeMarie Jan 03, 2017

This audio-book is narrated by Will Wheaton! Wade, a poor teenager in a deteriorating society, travels on an epic quest in the virtual universe OASIS to win the ultimate prize - control of that universe. He must solve riddles and find clues to capture the keys and unlock the prize before his corrupt competition can do the same. Coming to a theater near you in 2018! I recommend this book to both teenagers and adults. The book is incredibly detailed and the adventure is a lot of fun.

KHCPL_Tree Sep 20, 2016

For those who say they don't have time to read, grab this audiobook and insert immediately into your car player. READY... player one. You will get sucked into the Oasis, a world filled with 80's pop culture and immersive gaming. I'm typically a romance reader and I'm not a gamer but I loved this book. Wil Wheaton is the narrator and his voice is perfect and I giggled in the section where he had to reference himself...This book is truly an adventure with the tiniest sliver of a romance because in the end we do it all for love.

ChelseaJM Sep 09, 2016

I don't read much science fiction, but I tried this audiobook after it was recommended to me, and I thought it was quite entertaining. I especially enjoyed all the 80s trivia, and musing on the possibilities and pitfalls of virtual reality. This would be a great audiobook for a road trip/sharing with others, as it could prompt some interesting discussions. Worth a try even for folks like me who don't usually take to SciFi!

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