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Author: Ernest Cline Narrator: Wil Wheaton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9780307913159
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The bestselling cult classic—now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As narrator of this offbeat, futuristic adventure, Wil Wheaton must evoke a teen’s naïveté and cynicism about real life and incorporate this veteran gaming geek’s expertise of ’80s culture…Wheaton is up to the task, presenting an engaging treasure hunt while also dramatizing the hero’s enthusiasm at playing classic games like Pac-Man. Also a twist on The Pilgrim’s Progress, this novel has something for everyone.”

    AudioFile

  • “This non-gamer loved every page of Ready Player One.”

    Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Triggers memories and emotions embedded in the psyche of a generation…[Cline] crafts a fresh and imaginative world from our old toy box, and finds significance in there among the collectibles.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A most excellent ride…The conceit is a smart one, and we happily root for [the heroes] on their quest…Fully satisfying.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Enchanting…Willy Wonka meets the Matrix. This novel undoubtedly qualifies Cline as the hottest geek on the planet right now. [But] you don’t have to be a geek to get it.”

    USA Today

  • “The science fiction writer John Scalzi has aptly referred to Ready Player One as a ‘nerdgasm’ [and] there can be no better one-word description of this ardent fantasy artifact about fantasy culture…Mr. Cline is able to incorporate his favorite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative.”

    New York Times

  • “Ridiculously fun and large-hearted, and you don’t have to remember the Reagan administration to love it…[Cline] takes a far-out premise and engages the reader instantly…You’ll wish you could make it go on and on.”

    NPR

  • “The grown-up’s Harry Potter…The mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the details that make up Mr. Cline’s world are simply astounding. Ready Player One has it all.”

    Huffington Post

  • “A treasure for anyone already nostalgic for the late twentieth century…But it’s also a great read for anyone who likes a good book.”

    Wired

  • Ready Player One is the ultimate lottery ticket.”

    New York Daily News

  • “A fun, funny and fabulously entertaining first novel…This novel’s large dose of 1980s trivia is a delight…[but] even readers who need Google to identify Commodore 64 or Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, will enjoy this memorabilian feast.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A ‘frakking’ good read [featuring] incredible creative detail…I grinned at the sheer audacity of Cline’s imagination.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • “A gunshot of fun with a wicked sense of timing and a cast of characters that you’re pumping your fist in the air with whenever they succeed. I haven’t been this much on the edge of my seat for an ending in years.”

    Chicago Reader

  • “An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline’s imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom, a quest through a virtual world, is loaded with enough 1980s nostalgia to please even the most devoted John Hughes fans…Sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of the 2012 YALSA Alex Award
  • Selected for the August 2011 Indie Next List
  • Nominated for the 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
  • A 2012 Locus Award Nominee
  • Libro.fm Audio bestseller
  • An Audible.com bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times audio bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 7/6/2018

    " I found this book to be an enjoyable listen for a long road trip. I would especially recommend this book for anyone who enjoys '80s pop culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 4/16/2018

    " Enjoy it, wanted to hear the story before I saw the movie. The story was fun and entertaining. "

  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 Lauren | 3/22/2018

    " This story is both modern and nostalgic. It was fun to listen to all the familiar (and unfamiliar) 80s references to games and movies, while also reflecting on how the world can be changed with virtual worlds and social interactions. The story keeps you hanging on for the next clue, and each step of the race is full of anticipation. "

  • 3.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 5 Dennis | 2/13/2018

    " The end sucks, very anti climactic ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 2/1/2018

    " I recommend this audio book. The story is fantastic and gets more engaging as you go along, a real "page turner." The narrator is a perfect match for the character, the volume of the recording is high quality and even. It's a great, futuristic story that's an easy and entertaining listen. "

  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 GGL | 8/25/2017

    " Solid - it's fast paced and a good homage to 80s pop culture! "

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Michael | 5/24/2017

    " If you know 80´s popculture and consider yourself a nerd, then this book is a must read/hear for you. If not, well then its still pretty good. Cline builds an authentic not too distant future, with believable charakters. Naration by Wil Wheaton is very nice and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JKinPA | 6/15/2016

    " Great book read by Wil Weaton. If you grew up in the 80's and are somewhat of a tech geek, this will hit on all points. Tons of great 80's references and the story itself comes across as a pretty plausible story line. Can't wait to see how this story comes across on the big screen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 pcollums | 4/29/2016

    " Cool story that references the best decade ever. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Narration above average. Easy listening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hobbes | 1/28/2014

    " I really loved this book. The story is a classic. Set in a few decades in the future after the economical collapse of the world. A boy, Parzival, comes from nothing. His parents are dead, he lives in the slums with his aunt who only lets him live there so she can take his food vouchers. He lives most of his life inside Oasis, inside a digital world. It is the story of rising up, finding and fighting for something greater than oneself, and really finding oneself. At least that is what I took from this story. I could go into more details, but I'd rather let people discover the story for themselves. The book is full of 80s pop culture and the vastness that is geekdom. Which I think makes it fantastic. The future has become obsessed with the subculture of today's fandom because the richest man in the world left his fortune to who ever can find his Easter egg. And to find it, you must like what he liked, obsess over what he obsessed over, walk in his shoes. As a gamer, as a music lover, as a geek I loved it. It felt like coming home, same way conventions make me feel. But with better hygiene and less crowds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/25/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! I plowed through it in a day and a half! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maya | 1/23/2014

    " fascinating setting and lots of cool nerd trivia "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 1/22/2014

    " Being a child of the 80s this book took me back to a point in my childhood in a completely different way. I couldn't believe the amount of 80s references and the accuracy of them. Then you introduce the Oasis... a virtual MMORPG that we can only love and fear at the same time. I've now listened to the book 3 times on my way to and from work as well as read the book once. If you are a child of the 80s and remember when cartoons, TV shows and toys were real and actually fun, you need to read this book... I can't even begin to explain how the enjoyment of this book. It has a permanent spot, on my iPhone, iPad, and bookshelf... Yep, bought all 3. Hehe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni | 1/21/2014

    " There is a strong feeling of a target audience here, and I matched spot-on. The numerous references to 80s pop culture integrated well with the story of a greater struggle. It's an appropriate tribute to the birth years of gaming, and the numerous experiments by small development teams which have since grown into more industrialised proportions. The futuristic twist of the era in the book gives some mindcandy to dwell on, so the experience isn't a boring history lesson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ndhrdt | 1/13/2014

    " A funny book with an amazing amount of 80's trivia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey | 1/9/2014

    " Such a great book, set in the not so distant future. Loaded with tons of nostalgia and a riveting fast paced action sci-fi adventure that kept me glued to it, until it was over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 12/27/2013

    " I enjoy the blasts from the past of this one! Especially since it is from my past, it seems...the writing is okay, the plot is good enough to keep me reading. It really is like a seek n find of 80s nostalgia, which is quite enjoyable and a good escape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liseprown | 12/27/2013

    " My 13 year old son and i both enjoyed this book. Very mild and accessible fantasy gamer adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graeme | 12/10/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it highly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilee | 12/8/2013

    " Loved this audio book. Such a great story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonardo | 12/6/2013

    " Great, one of the best book about fantasy and sci fi I ever read. So fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 11/29/2013

    " A fun, quick read, especially if you grew up playing video games in the eighties. The continual references to eighties pop culture were accurate and tightly interwoven with the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 11/16/2013

    " Most fun I've had reading it a while! You will especially love this book if you grew up in the 80's, love video games, or are kinda nerdy :) but the story is amazing and anyone can get into it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AquaBirdie | 8/18/2013

    " Can not wait to read what Mr. Cline writes next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 5/6/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Being a computer nerd in the 80's I could really relate to everything which made it all the better. Incredibly fun read for those of us who enjoyed Videogames, Computers, D&D and 80's movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 4/25/2013

    " Loved it! A recommendation from books on the nightstand was so interesting I picked the book up full of doubt and finished it in a weekend. All the 80's references were such fun. Reminded me of skipping work with a friend to play galaga and miss PAC man all day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KatieMc | 4/9/2013

    " Good geeky fun. I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did. In addition to the pop-culture references, I have a thing for dystopian settings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 2/21/2013

    " A fun, quick read full of nostalgia and mad geekery. Not literature, but enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/8/2013

    " The writing was somewhat sophomoric, but the story was compelling and kept me engaged. Lots of deus ex machina moments. I'm rating it as high as I am because despite its shortcomings, I really couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/18/2012

    " Very well done for a first novel from the author! There were plenty of plot twists and turns; many of them predictable, but the story was never slow or dry. I sped through this book faster than most. Very good book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bart229 | 11/8/2011

    " Simply awesome. For a gamer nerd who grew up in the 1980s, this book managed to pull up so many great memories for me that there were times I fought back tears. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 11/8/2011

    " If you ever played coin-operated video games, or loved Dungeons & Dragons. If you love near-future SF, this book is for you. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and almost literally could not put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 11/8/2011

    " Best book I've read this year. Absolutely fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raymond | 11/7/2011

    " So good this book has consoummed me and I can't stop reading it over and over. I had to buy the audio book so I can drive safely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 11/6/2011

    " The best fiction book I've read this year. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stareagle | 11/6/2011

    " This was a lot of fun, and I think anyone born between the mid-60s and the mid-70s would really enjoy it. The entire book is filled with references to 80s pop culture, and you are constantly going "I remember that!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thore | 11/6/2011

    " Mostly harmless. Willy Wonka meets Snow Crash. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/5/2011

    " Being a fan of the 80s, SciFi AND video games, I loved this story. Some slow parts here and there. This is a book thats begging to be made into a unique grand movie. Can't wait to see it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 11/5/2011

    " Is this a great book? No. Was the writing flawless? No. Did I love it anyway? Heck yeah! Loved the walk down memory lane, for sure. I've read some biting criticisms of this book, but come on people! Take it for what it is and enjoy the ride! "

About the Author

Ernest Cline is a novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. His first novel, Ready Player One, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, was named to many “best of the year” lists, and was made into a major motion picture.

About the Narrator

Wil Wheaton is an award–winning actor, voice artist, author, and audiobook narrator. Among his movie credits are Stand by Me and Toy Soldiers. His many television credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory, and Generator Rex. As a narrator of more than a dozen audiobooks, he has twice won the prestigious Audie Award, twice been a finalist for the Audie, and earned an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine.