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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Audio Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized5 Comments

Publisher:  Random House Audio (Audio); Crown (Print)

Source: Purchased
Publication Date:  16 Aug 2011 (Audio); 16 Aug 2011 (Print)
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN:  0307913147 (Audio), 030788743X (Print)
Format: Audio
Audio Length: 13 discs (~16 hrs)
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
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Place(s) Traveled to: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma // Columbus, Ohio // Oregon // The OASIS (2044)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is one of those books that I’d heard alot about and everyone seemed to love it. So I was both really curious and really wary of it but not so wary that I didn’t download the audio of it with one of my audible.com credits. And once I started it I just couldn’t stop listening. I fell head over heels in love with this story. I loved all the references to many of the video games of my youth and even learned about some new ones.
Although I have to admit that there where times when the long and extensive replays of the games and movies involved got to be a bit tedious. If I hadn’t been listening to this on audio then there is a good chance I may have started to skim those parts of the book after awhile. The audios saving grace was in the use of Wil Wheaton as the narrator and he just made this book for me. His voice just hit all the right nuances for all the characters and added the right amount of tension and surprise at all the right moments. This is one of those audios that I found myself making up excuses to go for longer drives and walks just to listen to more of it. Wheaton was just that enthralling to the ear and I could almost visualize all that was happening.
I also really liked the character interactions and the buled of how this story was told. It was a fun journey and its a dystopian world that I could actually see coming to be. We are so plugged in these days that I can totally see a time when people just spend more time in a virtual world than in the real one. Which adds a level of scary realism to to the story. The plot of Ready Player One was also pretty action packed as the 3 main characters all race to be the first to find the hidden keys that are hidden throughout their virtual world and to beat the big bad evil corporation who only wants to moneitize that world even more. There were several edge of your seat moments as well as some that required you to think to see if you could figure out the clues before the characters.
As a whole I really enjoyed everything about this book. The plot, character and narration were all very solid and when this book was over I was left very satified with how it was told. So much so that the annoyances that I had with some of the game descriptions faded in comparison to all that I loved. Ernest Cline has definately won a place in my heart as an author that I want to read more of. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

5 Responses to “Audio Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline”

  1. Sarah

    I’m with you in that if I had been straight reading this, I know I would have skimmed some of those long plot points with the long descriptions. But listening actually worked really well for this reading experience.

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