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Ready Player One

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ernest Cline

Narrated By: Wil Wheaton

Publisher: Cornerstone Digital

Date: April 2012

Duration: 15 hours 39 minutes


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.

Wil Wheaton is an American actor and writer best known for his role as Wesley Crusher in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and for playing Gordie Lachance in the film Stand By Me. More recently, he has appeared in several episodes of the TV series The Big Bang Theory as himself.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Craig L.

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline

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