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Ready Player One

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Wil Wheaton

15 Hours 43 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

August 2011

Audio Book Summary

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?

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  • Scott E

    Absolutely loved this book! Great story for fellow nerds and any fans of 80s pop culture! Will Wheaton is such a great audio book narrator! I? don’t think anyone other than Will Wheaton could’ve brought this world to life!

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  • Tyler S

    Hope the movie is just as good, wanted to listen to this more than watch movies. Great narration A

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  • Scarlett W

    Slow start, but more than made up for it. Exciting, engaging, and great narration by Wheaton.

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  • Jeff B

    Very well detailed for the gamer culture to enjoy.Revenge of the nerds .

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  • Aj K

    This book is very entertaining to read. And growing up I relate to everything cuz I was into video games

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  • marcus v

    This book is awesome without a doubt the best book I've read or heard five stars *****

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  • Creed h

    I love it! I’d love to find more books like this!!

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  • Christian M

    This was flat out awesome and one of the best total "nerd-out" books ever. Wil Wheaton was perfect - anyone who disagrees is just flat out wrong. I have recommended this book, and this audiobook to everyone I know, and some random people on the elevator. Stop reading this and download this book RIGHT NOW!!

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  • William G

    Loved it. Looking forward to the movie adaptation. Bummed they are getting rid of H for the movie. Don't think this book needs a sequel. Story was great as a stand alone

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  • Robert W

    Growing up in the 80’s AND being from Middletown Ohio i could hardly put it down. I knew every game and movie reference. Though the Middletown places weren’t exact I could picture a close stand in. Will always does a great good and this was one of his best.

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