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Friday, July 17, 2015

Audiobook Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Narrated by Wil Wheaton


Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Genre: Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: Random House Audio
Format: Audiobook
Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
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, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.

A quest for the ultimate prize.

Are you ready?
Couple of years ago I heard great things about Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. During those days I added it to my TBR and forgot about it. Couple of days ago, when I was looking for a new audiobook to listen I saw it on my TBR. I immediately went to my library’s website and saw they had it, I also noticed it was narrated by Wil Wheaton, and although I have heard great things about his narration I had never listened to anything narrated by him, so here was my chance. Now, after finishing it, I couldn’t be happier with my decision.

The year is 2044, the world is slowly crumbling and people prefer to live in the virtual world of Oasis than in reality. Poverty is increasing by the day, food is scarce and the future is very bleak. The only thing that keeps some people interesting is the idea of finding the Egg that the 80’s obsessed billionaire, James Halliday, hid in the Oasis before his death. Halliday died without an heir and left all of his fortune to the lucky person who could follow his clues to finding three keys that lead to the Egg. The person that finds the Egg will inherit not only all of his fortune, but also his company, the one that created the Oasis.
After Halliday’s death there was a craze of people looking for the keys, but years passed and nobody has found the first key. Slowly people start to lose interest in the game; only the real gamers, which are in the thousands, and a corporation, that wants to take over Halliday’s company, are still on the search.

Wade Watts is in his last year of high school, but with no many prospects in his poor life, he spends most of his time in the Oasis studying Halliday’s life and looking for the first key. One day, Wade’s search is fruitful; he finds the first key, the one that thousands of people have searched for over five years. Now, his name is everywhere. Everybody wants to know who he is and how he found the key. Keeping the secret will be harder than he thought because some players are willing to go to extremes to be the ones finding the Egg. Wade doesn’t have many friends and when billions are at stake there are not many people he can trust, but soon after, he realizes that there are things he can do alone. The question is who to trust to keep in the game and find the Egg.

Categorizing Ready Player One is almost impossible because it’s an amalgam of genres, sci-fi, dystopian, YA, fantasy, adventure and awesomeness in general. Ernest Cline creativity is limitless, his writing is witty and lively, a combination that makes of Ready Player One one of the best books I have listened this year.

I can gush non-stop about Ready Player One and how remarkable this book is, but I won’t do that. I will only tell you that if you like the 80s or have a geek heart this is a book you need to read it. Actually, don’t read it, listen to the audiobook. Wil Wheaton does an amazing job with the narration because he becomes Wade. He brings to life the world Ernest Cline created and with his voice he also submerge you and makes you part of the story. I really can’t imagine a different person narrating this book.

My Story Verdict: 5 Paws
My Narration Verdict: 5 Paws
My Overall Verdict: 5 Paws
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3 comments:

  1. My friend Mindy loved this one too. I read it and really enjoyed it. I am thinking I should have listened to it though.

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  2. Brilliant review! :) I've heard a lot about this book. After your review, I'm definitely considering reading it.

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