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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: 11 hours 51 minutes


From the author of Ready Player One, a rollicking alien invasion thriller that embraces and subverts science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline can. 

Zack Lightman has never much cared for reality. He vastly prefers the countless science-fiction movies, books, and videogames he's spent his life consuming. And too often, he catches himself wishing that some fantastic, impossible, world-altering event could arrive to whisk him off on a grand spacefaring adventure. 

So when he sees the flying saucer, he's sure his years of escapism have finally tipped over into madness. 

Especially because the alien ship he's staring at is straight out of his favorite videogame, a flight simulator callled Armada--in which gamers just happen to be protecting Earth from alien invaders. 

As impossible as it seems, what Zack's seeing is all too real. And it's just the first in a blur of revlations that will force him to question everything he thought he knew about Earth's history, its future, even his own life--and to play the hero for real, with humanity's life in the balance. 

But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can't help thinking: Doesn't something about this scenario feel a little bit like...well...fiction? 

At once reinventing and paying homage to science-fiction classics, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a coming-of-age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you've ever read before.


  • 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.

    3 of 3 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.

  • Christian M.

    Wheaton crushed it again with the narration of this one - had a similar feel to it as Ready Player One - but some fun twists and entertainment. Really enjoy the escapism and the easy feel of these books. A great beach read and long drive listen. definitely recommend if you liked Player One

  • Clinton W.

    Will Wheaton makes you feel like you're watching the movie. I really enjoyed this book.

  • 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.

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