Saturday, 22 September 2012

Audiobook Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
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Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Running Time: 15 hours and 40 minutes
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
Publication Date: 5th April 2012
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
Part quest, part romance, 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?
My Thoughts
I am a huge fan of audiobooks, they help the daily journey to work easier to bear and also helps pass the time when traveling.  I had never heard of Ready Player One, even with all the hype surrounding it and the chance to win an actual DeLoreon.  My brother likes similar books to me and 99% of the time books he recommends I do like.  When he mentioned Ready Player One I was a bit dubious as I had not heard of it, but he insisted it was good and let me borrow his audiobook for it.
From the moment I started listening I was hooked and listened to it at every available opportunity, even when trying to go to sleep at night.  The whole idea behind the fortune and finding the keys to get this fortune had me intrigued, and as the story progresses and names a lot of the games I used to play when I was younger I was drawn in even more.
The narrator, Wil Wheaton, does a fantastic job of portraying the right emotions and feelings for each character and makes the whole thing entertaining, even down to the noises that games make (like Pac-Man noises).  Not once did I even think of stopping listening, and I was very disappointed to see it come to an end.
The storyline is amazing, the detail gone into it, old video games, facts about movies, and how it all interlocks seamlessly, it really does feel like the characters are real people and not just a character.  I will definitely be listening to Ready Player One again and I fully intend to buy a copy of the book so I have it one my shelf to read.


  1. One of my favorite audiobooks...and the print is worth owning in hardcover! Glad you enjoyed this one!

  2. Thanks, I tend to buy paperbacks more than hardback, but if its worth it then ill definitely get hardback.


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