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Armada: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ernest Cline

Narrated By: Wil Wheaton

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: July 2015

Duration: 12 hours 0 minutes


Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he"s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there"s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don"t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he"s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada-in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

No, Zack hasn"t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he"s seeing is all too real. And his skills-as well as those of millions of gamers across the world-are going to be needed to save the earth from what"s about to befall it.

It"s Zack"s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can"t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn"t something about this scenario seem a little familiar?

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you"ve ever read before-one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.


  • Cole Johnson

    Armada is yet another awesome book by Earnest Cline. I love reading his books and his writing style is infectiously addicting to anyone who grew up playing video games in the 90's and is following the the industry today. As always, his references to current brands and companies makes his stories fell more real and relatable as if this were an alternate reality and you find yourself looking out the window to make sure it's not actually happening. I love this book and hope that Ernest Cline continues to write books in this amazing style.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Cory Packer

    Will Wheaton is the man! The book is pretty predictable, but entertaining nonetheless. Awesome listening experience as usual! In the unlikely event that you liked this book and haven't read Cline's NYT Bestseller, make sure you hit up Ready Player One.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Scott E.

    not as good as Ready Player One, but still a good read. Will Wheaton is great. just wish the story moved at a quicker pace than it did.

  • Anonymous

    Really good !! Love the narrator

  • Anonymous

    Slow beginning but it ended up pretty good. Wheaton was really good as usual.

  • Jon N

    Another great piece from Mr. Cline and Wil Wheaton does a spectacular job in narration! So far, this duo is quickly becoming my favorite and I look forward to future works from both of them!

  • Jeremy B

    Great book, while the style is like Clines earlier book ready player one, don’t expect it to be a sequel. I enjoyed it a lot and you can’t beat this narrator.

  • Robert S

    Not nearly as good as ready player one. This is a rehash of old science fiction movies/books...nothing original at all here.

  • josh t

    not a bad book but it was kind of borring and had a lot of holes in the plot and story.

  • Dan M

    Despite its flaws, I enjoyed Ready Player One. However, Armada has got to be the worst book I have ever read/listened to. I commend Wil Weaton for his wonderful performance and narration. However I found this book to be insultingly bad. I really considered not finishing it. It is written at a grade school level. I wondered while reading this how long the book would actually be if you stripped away any line that referenced or quoted any other (and far superior) book, film, game, or song, which are by the way in most cases, most obviously out of the cultural reach of the 18 year old protagonist (written by a 30 or 40 year old). This book is ridiculous, unbelievable, and silly. How something like this gets professionally published is beyond me.