Ready Player One

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ernest Cline
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: August 2011
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 15 hours, 30 minutes
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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, 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?

"From the Hardcover edition."

Reviews (16)

Written by Mark Vinicky on November 3rd, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book! You will get lost in the story immediately!!

Written by arthur lukoff on September 29th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 1/5

a very juvenile book . written for a 16 yr old. excessive verbiage which reminded me of having to write a paper that had to be a certain amount of pages and we had to fill it with garbage to make the amount .

Written by Jeremy Huizar on September 6th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book, love how the OASIS is used as an escape and that everyone is using it all the time. Loved the villain and how much you hate them. Will did an amazing job, and love how he is also very enthusiastic about the content.

Written by Chris Flowers on August 26th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wil Wheaton's narrative is perfect for this story. As a testament to how well done the whole thing is, in fact, I'll disclose this: I stayed up 'til 2:30 AM last night to finish it because I *had* to know how it ended. It's rare that I do that. So, yeah. Download it. Listen. Enjoy. And get pumped for the upcoming movie!

Written by Mike Sams on August 19th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing book! Can\'t wait for the movie!! Mr. Wheaton was awesome and the story is superb!

Written by James kirkwood on August 10th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I give this book 5 stars but the detail on it is maddening when he tries to explain the simplest thing although the book itself is amazing and I recommend it to everyone and how can you go wrong with Wil Wheaton!

Written by Ross Cushing on June 2nd, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this audiobook. The narrator did a great job with the voices. The pace was good and the story was consistently compelling. I might just have to listen to it again.

Written by Vanessa Centeno on May 29th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of the best audiobooks of 2015, it\'s epic. Wil Wheaton is a superb narrator, the story will entrance any listener as they time warp back to the 1980\'s and all things futuristic-yet awesomely video geek related. I can\'t wait for Armada, also narrated by Wheaton. This book is f****** awesome! A MUST!

Written by Greg Henry on May 15th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is the Star Wars of our time. Awesome book. Narration perfect. Very happy I stumbled across a book this well written.

Written by Sean Wilson on April 15th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great on the family road trip! I read it first, then my wife and i listened to the audio book while on a long road trip. Now she wants to read it too.