Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011 | Unabridged
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307913166
Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Immersing himself in a mid-twenty-first-century 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.

Hey, what about player two! I totally put in my quarters - I want in!

In a world where all activity has moved into the virtual sphere and the physical world is crumbling, one geek pits himself against a game and a powerful corporation to gain control of the online world, and everyone in it.

Virtual reality can be more complicated than real life.

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multcolib_central Jul 11, 2014

If you like video games, Eighties popular culture, or just a great adventure story, then this is for you. Starships, dragon, and anything else imaginable exist in a virtual world up for grabs.


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tootiebooks99
Mar 28, 2021

Excellent! I couldn’t put it down(although I read it in segments)! As a young adult, I loved 80’s music and nostalgia so I felt right at home! Well written with a sweet ending! Look forward to the next one!

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

Awesome! Where virtual reality is better than the real world and characters live out their dreams and fantasies online. Fantastic action too!

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Parżival
Mar 11, 2021

My favorite book?

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kk606321
Mar 10, 2021

This book may be fun for a teenager, or someone who really likes all the 80's references, but it was not for me – a 26-year-old LGBT gamer. It feels poorly written, and the story content is not enough to make up for it; especially when I've already seen the movie. The dystopian setting lacks verisimilitude. Ultimately, the book reads as though the author is trying to relive a fantasy of his past. I gave it a fair chance, but I didn't finish it.

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llewol
Jan 27, 2021

Sometimes a not very good book can be a lot of fun to read and I would put this book in that category. The writing is poor and the exhaustive pop culture references can be tedious. Cline uses the cheapest kinds of cheats to get characters out of jams (previously unmentioned items of "inventory" that get used to solve the problem or a particular skill a character has, also previously unmentioned, that is just what is needed.) This is just lazy writing. And, yes, the "politics" are suspect - perhaps a lot more now than when it was written ten years ago. But, despite all of this, the basic plot of the book kept me going and Cline manages to keep a page turning energy to his story. It is junk food for the sci-fi reader. I know, you get no nutrition, but it is fun while it lasts.

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tooncouver
Jan 10, 2021

As a self-professed nerd, I found this book deeply disappointing. While I will say that Ernest Cline has a knack for creating tension in his writing, the issues I had with the book far outweigh the "fun tone" it tries to evoke.

I agree with the criticism about the lack of plot and excessive references but to me, the real issues are how the book is steeped in gatekeeping, toxic masculinity, homophobic slurs, transphobia, and tropes like "stalking for love" quite frankly the worst and most harmful parts of nerd culture, and does nothing to challenge these ideas.

While there are women in the universe they tend to fall under the "not like other girls" trope is seen as prizes to be won by the male characters or treated like their identities do not matter.
Wade's best friend has a white male character who is revealed to be a black lesbian. Wade reacts with anger that his friend deceived him, instead of empathizing that being a woman on the internet is an existence of violence and harassment and understanding her choice. Then he basically says that he does not care about her identity. He should care that his friend is a black lesbian since these are critical parts of her identity

I would not recommend this book. This is a tired self-indulgent story that in a post-gamergate world is no longer "meaningless fun".

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suezee
Jan 10, 2021

Maybe because I am adult parts of this book were rather boring. I guess the overly detailed descriptions are mostly necessary to explain the situation and scenery so I continued. The last half of the book is much more interesting and does a good job keeping suspense and excitement revved up. Overall a good read for all ages.

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L_Sanga
Jan 05, 2021

Boom! what a unique and involving story. I was head first down the rabbit whole with this one.
What a great lead character. All the 80's references, though while familiar (showing my age) the references had me wanting to watch anime and movies from my childhood.
This is added to "My favorites" shelf belong to my 5/5 reviews.

On a side note - The movie was trash and I'm devastated that I haven't heard one positive thing about Ready Player Two.

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sjpl_jtlee
Dec 23, 2020

When the film adaptation for this book was first released, I decided to read the book before going to the cinema to watch the movie. I spent an entire day reading it from cover to cover, all the while completely immersed. The novel itself is set in a futuristic environment, and revolves around a race to find the secret in a popular online game, with a massive prize to the first player to discover the secret. You’re guaranteed to like it if you enjoy reading about adventures, as the entire book is a large adventure divided into smaller pieces. Also, the novel is packed to the brim with video game references, and reading the book itself feels like playing a game as the protagonist. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone seeking an adventure, and even to those who have already watched the movie version, as a significant portion of the book’s contents were altered in the film.
Age rating: 12 and up, includes one violent scene featuring a crime

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AlyxInChicago
Dec 15, 2020

This title is wild

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bell5133
Sep 18, 2020

“As terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.” - James Halliday (364)

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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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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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