Ready Player One

Ready Player One

[a Novel]

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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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.
Publisher: [Westminster, Md]. : Books on Tape, 2011
ISBN: 9780307913159
0307913155
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Wheaton, Wil
OverDrive, Inc

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#76 The Great American Read

It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Immersing himself in a technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty, and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's creator.


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cannotbeheard
Dec 14, 2018

This book was fantastic! It exceeded all my expectations for it. I saw the movie first and loved it. I would recommend the movie to anyone who loves a good pop culture reference, anything gamer, and any kind of futuristic society. This being said, if you've seen the movie and are wondering if you should read the book, you definitely should. It is almost a completely different story than the movie. So you will still be left guessing the entire time. The changes were phenomenal and both the movie and book were equally and separately wonderful. The book referenced a lot of things I love and haven't thought about in years. In the midst of reading, it was hard to come back to reality. This world that is created (while it does sound entirely too addictive) feels like an advanced and magical version of the Sims. The audiobook version is read by Wil Wheaton, which was a wonderful hat tip to the book since he was mentioned as a political figure. I think one of the biggest reasons this book is so enjoyable is that the seemingly useless trivia people know about games, movies, music, etc. makes you extremely knowledgeable in this world and could help you win the world of your dreams.

JCLDevinB Dec 09, 2018

Nothing could save this overblown nerd-boy joyride from itself. The non-stop 80s references focused almost exclusively on the contributions of male artist to 80s pop and nerd culture. Perhaps if Ernest Cline had spent more than a few moments thinking about inclusivity he would have acknowledged the works of Octavia Butler or Ursula K LeGuin, two women who without question shaped the genre of sci-fi and fantasy. But instead he repeatedly rambled off a series of male artist and lazily threw in a few poc and female secondary characters to try to get bonus points for having the story not focus solely on a self-absorbed, whiny, white boy. This novel is an example of tokenism at its absolute worst and for anyone that cares about well developed representation I advise you to skip Ready Player One as it will only provide you with a splitting headache from eye-rolling and gaping disappointment at what could have been.

JCLDevinB Dec 09, 2018

The narration by everyone's favorite gaming geek icon, Wil Wheaton, was fantastic. It was without a doubt the best part of the audiobook. Unfortunately, nothing could save this overblown nerd-boy joyride from itself. The non-stop 80s references focused almost exclusively on the contributions of male artist to 80s pop and nerd culture. Perhaps if Ernest Cline had spent more than a few moments thinking about inclusivity he would have acknowledged the works of Octavia Butler or Ursula K LeGuin, two women who without question shaped the genre of sci-fi and fantasy. But instead he repeatedly rambled off a series of male artist and lazily threw in a few poc and female secondary characters to try to get bonus points for having the story not focus solely on a self-absorbed, whiny, white boy. This novel is an example of tokenism at its absolute worst and for anyone that cares about well developed representation I advise you to skip Ready Player One as it will only provide you with a splitting headache from eye-rolling and gaping disappointment at what could have been.

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BaileyGG
Dec 03, 2018

Ready Player One grabs your attention on page 1 and takes you on a wild ride. The reader truly gets sucked into this novel. The author delivers an original setting fitting for fans of other popular dystopias from Ender's Game to The Hunger Games. But what really carries the novel is the protagonist's off-beat personality and wit. Combine this sharp humor with an abundance of 80s pop culture references and you're in for a treat!

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Orioncrush
Dec 03, 2018

I truly enjoyed Ready Player One. I was surprisingly late to the party, having watched (and enjoyed) the movie prior to reading the book, and it came to me heavily recommended by friends. I must say the book was much better than the movie and has left me sad about the choices the screen writers made in retrospect.

If you love the 80's, video games, music and role-playing games then this is the nostalgia infused joy ride you need to read.

I did have a handful of issues with parts of the book, including the introduction to the Oasis which seemed to drag on for me. There were also several parts that drew me out of the immersion of the story and left me confused.

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clemjunka
Nov 18, 2018

A really good read. I did not enjoy all the swearing, so if there was a version without it that would have been great; but I concede that it was part of the character. It was a really fast-paced and thrilling story told from an entertaining point of view and I could not put it down. Although I could not enjoy all of the 80s references, I appreciated the puzzle and loved how creative the premise of the book was. To be honest, I didn't personally like the main character, but still couldn't help cheering him on as he sought to accomplish his goals and eventually figure out what he should do.

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Tauriel
Nov 13, 2018

READY PLAYER ONE: ERNEST CLINE

So, I have already read this book three times, but I decided to just buy when I was in Germany and read it again.
CHARACTERS: My favorite characters are probably Aech and Art3mis. Parzival is cool too, but I really couldn’t stand his whiny phase. (which means that Cline wrote it really well.) The way that they all band together is great.
PLOT: This plot is staggering every time: it is extremely well planned out and exciting every single time. This grips you and won’t let go. Seriously, if you have been told that it is only full of obscure references, I didn’t get some of them but this plot is really amazing and you should read this book anyway because it is good stuff.
ACCURACY: This is really well thought out. It has lots of references to video games and scifi shows.
RECOMMENDATION: READ THIS BOOK.

I read this book in Germany just for funnsies, and I blew through it really quickly and I’m writing this after reading it a couple weeks ago, so I can’t remember things exactly…. sorry

It is 2044 and the earth is a dismal place with mass globalization, depleted natural resources, world famine, and wars. Those who can, escape into the OASIS, a worldwide digital virtual reality platform and gamers’ paradise. When OASIS creator James Halliday died, he announced that his entire fortune worth billions of dollars would go to the OASIS Avatar who successfully completed a virtual quest steeped in 1980s movies, music, and videogames in search for three hidden keys. Years have gone by and no one has been successful in unravelling the mysterious clues from the deceased Halliday. Ready Player One tells the story of impoverished teenager, tech junkie, and Halliday-obsessed Wade Watts who becomes the first person to successfully seize the first key. As a child of the 80s, I loved the infinite references to 1980s pop culture and even though I’m not a gamer, I was sucked into the action-packed events as Watts and his friends competed against thousands of avatars including the henchmen of a murderous corporation in their race to solve the mysteries of the OASIS and to overcome the bleak realities of earth. (submitted by MR)

MVBOOKCLUB Sep 26, 2018

This was a surprising one! Sparked some great discussion about the process Halliday used to determine who would inherit his fortune. Overall well received by the group.

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rosé
Sep 26, 2018

HHMMMM,
i think the first 60 pages is just info dumping, it was even in the few bits of dialogue.
The MC and his friends were going on about stuff they already know. It's such a lazy way to get information across and very awkward to read.
The characters... all i know is that two of them are chunky.
And the 80's references, oh boy oh boy oh boy, too much man, i just wanted a slice.

I've heard this being called, "Twilight for guys."
Spot on.

Rating: tell me what i know/10

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

“‘You mentioned that once on your blog. Two years ago.’ I almost cited the date of the actual blog entry before I realized it would make me sound even more like a cyber-stalking super-creep.”

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"This ‘girl,’ whom I’d been cyber-crushing on for the past three years, might very well be an obese, hairy-knuckled guy named Chuck."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"Once I’d done my homework on Sorrento, I felt like I was ready to sit down with the devil."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"If I couldn't reach it on my own, I didn't deserve it at all."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"When it came to my research, I never took any shortcuts."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"... can we adjourn the Mutual Admiration Society ...?

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"Dual zones permitted the use of both magic and technology, and null zones didn’t allow either. There were pacifist zones where no player-versus-player combat was allowed, and player-versus-player zones where it was every avatar for themselves."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

Parzival: "The female of the species has always found me repellent."
Art3mis: "I don't find you repellent."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"I’d heard all the clichéd warnings about the perils of falling for someone you only knew online, but I ignored them. I decided that whoever Art3mis really was, I was in love with her. I could feel it, deep in the soft, chewy caramel center of my being."

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LisaintheLibrary
Oct 28, 2017

"She was wearing evening attire: a gunmetal blue dress that looked like it was — spray-painted on."

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acks
Sep 24, 2018

Coarse Language: By the 2nd page, there is already some coarse language, but not extremely bad

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Red_Cat_41
Mar 05, 2018

Coarse Language: Corse language infrequent but makes this book unsuitable for under 13 years.

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Gr4c13
Feb 04, 2016

Coarse Language: The usual swearing when frustrated, nothing out of the ordinary.

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KeenaL
Jun 16, 2016

This kid is very poor and very alone. Being in this virtual world allows him to escape. He grows up in this society that is falling apart and only wants to find fortune. He stumbles upon his first clue into a puzzle everyone else has given up on. It leads into the most adventurous roller coaster of a lifetime, with plenty of retro 80's to go along with it.

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sbn_kc
Apr 09, 2013

An entertaining read about the 1980's "tech" looking back from 40 years in the future. Pacman, Atari 2600, and Journey are part of a quest through a completely virtual, all-encompassing universe.

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