Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline
Read by Wil Wheaton

15.67 Hours 08/16/2011 unabridged
Format: Digital Download
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    ISBN: 9780307913159

The bestselling cult classic—soon to be 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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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2012 Locus Award Nominee

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

Libro.fm Audio bestseller

The bestselling cult classic—soon to be 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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
“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.org
“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 
I really, really loved READY PLAYER ONE…Cline expertly mines a copious vein of 1980s pop culture, catapulting the reader on a light-speed adventure in an advanced but backward-looking future. Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author
Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, this really is a spectacularly successful debut. Daily Mail (UK)
A treasure for anyone already nostalgic for the late 20th century. . . But it’s also a great read for anyone who likes a good book. Wired.com
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
Incredibly entertaining…Drawing on everything from "Back to the Future" to Roald Dahl to Neal Stephenson's groundbreaking "Snow Crash," Cline has made READY PLAYER ONE a geek fantasia, '80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once. Austin American-Statesman
“Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, this really is a spectacularly successful debut.” Daily Mail (London)
“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

Reviews

Reviews

by Ross 9/13/2017
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Wildly creative and fun...!!!

This was a really fun book to listen to. I am amazed at the creativity and imagination of the author. Great story with computer geeky stuff....futuristic....fun, fun, fun...!!!
by Russell 9/13/2017
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Extrodinary Story with the Perfect Narrator

The only words that could do this book justice are the ones between the covers. Easily the best book I've read in years. This book isn't just for hardcore gamers but anyone that lived through the rise of video games in the 80's and 90's. A extremely fun ride that is only heightened by Wil Wheaton's narration. They nailed their choice on this one. You can't stop til it's over and leaves you wanting more.
by The Juggernaut 9/13/2017
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Easily the best book I've read in years.

A brilliant look into a future that is part dystopian/ part Utopia, Cline does a fantastic job following current trends in technology and real world situations to transport the reader to a world that is simply fascinating. Any person who grew up in or lived through the 80's will absolutely love all the pop culture references and classic symbolisms. I found the main characters believable and likable and at then end of the book, I found myself yearning for the story to continue. Easily the best fiction book of the decade so far.

Author

Author Bio: Ernest Cline

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.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 15.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English