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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Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

The bestselling cult classic—now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

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 2045, 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?

Reviews (159)

Written by Anonymous on March 3rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Grear book five stars

Written by Angela T. on January 29th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved the story!! Narrator was excellent.

Written by Ariel C. on December 30th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wow, this definitely beats the movie! I was enthralled the whole time. I might listen again!

Written by Pauline H. on December 23rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wow!!!! Loved this book!!!!!

Written by Anonymous on November 1st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of the best books I’ve ever listened to!

Written by Stephen S. on October 24th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I've re-read this book almost every year for the past 7 years. I still find new details or pickup on new references. Cline does an amazing job of capturing real human emotion. The highs feel genuinely elated. The lows are realistically dark. When I first read this book back in 2011 I was a high school nerdy guy. I never felt I related to any of the male leads in books like Artemis Fowl whose super-intelligent or Harry Potter who is super amazing at everything he does. I connected with Wade because amongst the fantasy and sci-fi of his journey he wrestled with real problems too.

Written by Seth G. on October 22nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this book...I'm already on the third read...great book Ernest Cline

Written by Justin B. on October 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was amazing, i wanted to read the book before I watched the movie, now i dont think there is any way the movie can live up to this amazing book

Written by Josh N. on September 21st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A great book! popular culture and gamer culture combined in a compelling epic. awesome book, I couldn't barely turn it off.

Written by Thomas G. on August 23rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It's a Great Listen!

Author Details

Author Details

Cline, Ernest

ERNEST CLINE has worked as a short-order cook, fish gutter, plasma donor, elitist video store clerk, and tech support drone. His primary occupation, however, has always been geeking out, and he eventually threw aside those other promising career paths to express his love of pop culture fulltime as a spoken word artist and screenwriter. His 2009 film Fanboys, much to his surprise, became a cult phenomenon. These days Ernie lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, their daughter, and a large collection of classic video games.