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Ready Player One

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ernest Cline

Narrated By: Wil Wheaton

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: August 2011

Duration: 15 hours 43 minutes


Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

The bestselling cult classic—now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

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 2045, 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?


  • Scott E

    Absolutely loved this book! Great story for fellow nerds and any fans of 80s pop culture! Will Wheaton is such a great audio book narrator! I? don’t think anyone other than Will Wheaton could’ve brought this world to life!

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful.

  • Tyler S

    Hope the movie is just as good, wanted to listen to this more than watch movies. Great narration A

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful.

  • Scarlett W

    Slow start, but more than made up for it. Exciting, engaging, and great narration by Wheaton.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • marcus v

    This book is awesome without a doubt the best book I've read or heard five stars *****

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Mel E

    One of the best books I've read. Read the book in 2016 and had to listen to the audio book! Wheaton is an awesome narrator . Halfway done with Armada as well with him as the narrator too. he's the best. RPO is amazing. I highly suggest to listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Rachel L

    If you love the 80's, nerd things, and dystopian fiction, this is the perfect book for you. Stick it out at the beginning when it's mostly a review of 80's culture and a set-up fpr the futuristic world of technology, and you will be rewarded with a lot of plot twists and action. Wil Wheaton does a great job narrating as well!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Christian M

    This was flat out awesome and one of the best total "nerd-out" books ever. Wil Wheaton was perfect - anyone who disagrees is just flat out wrong. I have recommended this book, and this audiobook to everyone I know, and some random people on the elevator. Stop reading this and download this book RIGHT NOW!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Justin T

    The book is fantastic, especially if you grew up in the '80s like I did. It kills me to say that Wil Wheaton, although an excellent Wesley Crusher, may not be the best audiobook narrator due to his lack of vocal variety. Nearly all the characters sounded like a grown Wesley Crusher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Alecia S

    Will Wheaton is absolutely the best person I could think of to have read this book! Great story and writing, wonderfully read! LOVED IT!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Deb P

    Absolutely loved this storyline and narration!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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