Written By: Ernest Cline

Narrated By: Wil Wheaton

Date: April 2012

Duration: 15 hours 41 minutes


Brought to you by Penguin.


A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.

Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions - and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.

If you loved READY PLAYER ONE and can't wait for more, check out ARMADA, Ernest Cline's latest geek masterpiece!

'Wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut' Independent

'Part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart' CNN

'Ernest Cline's novel deserves to be a modern classic' SciFiNow

'Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, this really is a spectacularly successful debut' Daily Mail

© Ernest Cline 2011 (P) Penguin Audio 2012


  • Catherine s

    love love this story and looking forward to the movie . wil wheaton did a great job reading it

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Kerryn H.

    I really enjoyed this book. A fun and exciting tale, made more enjoyable by the excellent narration by Wil Wheaton (the perfect choice). So much better than the movie. Great geeky 1980s nostalgia!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Dan H

    Stumbled across this. It sucked me in and spat me out 15 hours later. What a tale! Wil Wheaton was a perfect match for this book. Now one of my top sci-fi novels ever, can't recommend enough. Get it you won't regret it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Amanda A

    Great book. One of my favourites. Will wheatons voice gets annoying though but apart from that he did a great job narrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Tim Cawte

    Loved this book ... found myself staying in the car to keep listening even though i was home .... right up there with the best Ive read/listen to .... i cant believe the research and knowledge that went into this ...well worth the 5 stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Krystal A.

    This was my first audio booked and loved it.

  • Zeina A.

    Loved it ! Gives you a glimpse of what awaits us with the Metaverse. Loved the 80s pop culture! Makes it more relatable to me being born in that era . I have a long list of movies to watch and a new 80s playlist ! The narration was amazing! I felt like i was popping in a movie every time I would start listening, picking up where I dropped off ! You can feel the suspense and action happening from the narrators tone. I loved the last sentence of the book.

  • Guillaume K.

    Simply the best novel I ever listen to!! Thanks Wil Wheaton for such an amazing narration! I haven’t watch the movie yet and I think it was and good idea to start with the book :-)

  • Anonymous

    Really well narrated. So good, it was hard to take breaks. Very entertaining for those of us who lived through the 80s! Great for long car journeys.

  • Anonymous

    What the hell? So monotone...! And what the heck do you mean by evan-gel-lion???? It’s gal not gel

  • damian salt

    Fantastic narration and great book.

  • Sandra Oliveira

    It has been a long time since I enjoyed a book and an adventure so much. This was my first experience with audiobooks and I think now the bar is set really high. Extra points to the narrator. On point

  • Charlotte V.

    I absolutely loved loved loved this book!! Will weaton is a great narrator too. I can’t wait to start the sequel

  • Monica S.

    Great plot and lots of references from the 80’s. Will Wheaton does an excelent job. Had lots of fun and couldn’t stop listening until the end.

  • Tian J.

    Amazing, lost for words.

  • Jesper N.

    My all time favorite book

  • Anonymous

    This is the first book I've ever finished myself, I absolutely love it and will listen to it many more times.

  • Keith H.

    I LOVE this book! 10/10 would recommend! Wil Wheaton does a GREAT job narrating, and combined with the gripping story, this makes for one hell of a good read!

  • Yi-wen C.

    An amazing book! It brings back memories whenever I read it. A must-read!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome book! So much better than the movie

  • Craig L.

    Great narrator and almost completely different from the film fantastically well done

  • Kate S.

    Great narration! Will Wheaton was matched so well with this novel. I listened to the first 5 mins randomly while browsing. I didn’t stop listening for the next 15 hrs. Absolutely sucked me in and i loved it immensely! Give it a listen! You will not regret it!

  • Tara M.

    wil wheaton! great choice! I really enjoyed this book.

  • Roy O

    I first saw the film that was adapted from the book together with my won, and was interested in reading the book also. The nice thing is that the book and the film complement each other, in other words, the film is not a moment to moment rendering of the book, but it still is true to the basic idea of the book. I just noticed a tiny mistake in the book. According to the author, the protagonist gets a tiny hubbyhole measuring 10 meters on the sides. Except that a room that measures 10 meters on the side is a 100 square meter room, or if you will almost 1,000 square feet. Does not quite sound like a tiny flat to me. (I am currently living in a 3 room 98 square meter flat in Norway, and it's not tiny.) But except for this minor miss, it was a very nice read.

  • Quoc Huy T

    The book is fabulous but Wil Wheaton made it a truly amazing experience to listen.

  • Susan B

    Fantastic! Loved all the pop culture references. Very interesting to think that this could be a reality.

  • Brian M

    I thought the narrator’s voice was going to be irritating but he really suited the storyline and managed the characters really well. Amazing story that hooks you in. I couldn’t turn it off.

  • Morten J

    I enjoyed this so much that I even bought the book. Wil Wheaton did a very good job narrating this.

  • Kelly M

    Really enjoyable - loved the surprisingly funny 80's culture references and genuine characters. I personally dislike all computer games; but the gaming descriptions throughout didn't detract as much as I thought they could have. Can definitely understand why it was made into a movie - universally appealing. GEEKS rejoice!

  • David F

    it was pretty good

  • Adam E

    Great book. Wasn't a Will Wheaton fan but am now. Great job Will

  • Angus N

    Hugely recommended if you're a fan of 1980's pop culture and a general all-around geek!

  • Roxanne J

    Fabulous. Thank fully listened to this novel on my walks. This meant that during the frustrating bits involving devious corporate cheating I would furiously walk faster and I was glad of the movement otherwise I'm not sure how I would have handled being on the edge of my seat listening. The narrator sounded a little like George Clooney. Looking forward to his other novel.

  • Anonymous

    Best sci-fi/fiction book I've listened to in a long long time and I'm crazy excited for the Spielberg film coming out!! After I finished this I ended up watching old 80's films like blade runner and back to the future - Will Wheaton narrating was the icing on the cake - 2nd to whoever narrated Harry Potter in my eyes...

  • Anita D

    When I finished listening I was so reluctant to leave the Oasis I had to start again. Just as good on second listen.

  • kay H

    Awesome, not usually my sort of thing but I am converted...one not to be missed

  • Scott Y

    Good fun book, with great narration.

  • Urs R

    Lovely book! Very easy to listen. Great book if you want to relax, love the 80ies, the future and computer games

  • Simon P

    One of my top 3 books of all time. Just amazing, it has something for everyone.

  • Marcia G

    Absolutely excellent. I enjoyed this a lot and would recommend. Great pace.

  • Jeremy B

    This is now one of my favourite stories. People who haven't read it, but who have heard about it will tell you it's "just a collection of 80s references". Well, yeah... if you just calmly put aside one of the most engaging, exciting, and vibrant modern stories ever written; and you know, just politely ignore the fact that the 80s references are a minority of the overall book, and oh yeah, cast a blind eye to the fact that the references that are explained in depth, are explained in an interesting and entertaining way, deeply satisfying your curiosity in how the main character will overcome his challenges. Pacing is perfect. The twists and turns are perfect. Wil Wheaton nailed it. If you're even slightly interested in sci-fi/technology themes, don't miss out on this book.

  • Yvonne W

    This is such an awesome book! In my opinion Wil Wheaton read it perfectly and it just added to how good the book was. Loved it!

  • Zach Wood

    Even better than I expected! I was worried the book would completely rely on the nostalgia factor and while it is a bit heavy handed at times, I found the overall narrative to be enjoyable throughout. I enjoy video games and some old tv series quite a bit, but I missed probably half the references in here which it turned out didn't really matter. The story didn't rely on you to know or be totally invested in its references to this world. Having a general understanding and appreciation for them was more than enough to make this a relatable and enjoyable read through. It's also one of the first gaming related novels that didn't go for the easy "you die in the game you die for real" plot point that is beginning to feel overused. Even without that they made the stakes feel important. Will Wheaton also did a fantastic job narrating!

  • Dan Kent

    This is a brilliant book. I really got into the story-line. If you like classic games and adventure this is well worth the download.

  • Shane Stirling

    Being a child of the eighties and a gaming fan I maybe a little bias but oh well, this book is probably... No definitely my book of all time!. All throughout the book I was waiting patiently for the next reference to an old game or a snippet of a favorite childhood movie, television show or song just so I can giggle like a little school girl I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone even if the eighties era means nothing to you! It was even narrated by Gordie Lachance for crying out loud (Wil Wheaton's character from Stand by me... just in case you know) BRILLIANT

  • Kieran Smorfitt

    awesome. such a good listen. So much faster n easier ????

  • amanda williams

    I really got lost in this one! if you have any sort of appreciation for classic video games or if you love alternate reality stories give this a try. Highly suspenseful! Wil Wheaton is a great narrator too, does a few voices along the way but for the most part stays out of the way of the story.

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