Ready Player One

It’s so much fun when a friend recommends a book, and tells you that the audiobook version is just terrific, and you listen to that audiobook, and then you totally agree with her! That’s what just happened to me! Recently, Les (@Coastal Horizons) and Kay (@Kay’s Reading Life) and I visited a wonderful bookstore, Third Street Books, in McMinnville, Oregon. While there, Les mentioned how good the audiobook version was of Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, narrated by Will Wheaton. So, I downloaded it and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it this month!

I thought this book was wonderfully creative and fun. I kept thinking of my son throughout the story because much of the computer and video game stuff was from his growing up years, but I felt the fun was ageless. It really was a love letter to the 1980s that everyone can enjoy!

From the Publisher’s Summary:

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.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m looking forward to it. My friend, Adam (@Roof Beam Reader), has already warned me that it is quite different from the book, but I will give it a try and see if it is as fun as the book.

Thanks, Les, for your recommendation!

6 thoughts on “Ready Player One

  1. Marlo

    I loved this book way more than I thought I would! I felt I was living in that future and in Oasis right along with them. Just another example of the importance of reading a variety of genres. I could hardly wait for the movie and ended up going by myself because my friends didn’t think they would like it. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  2. Les in OR

    I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this audiobook! The pop culture references were so much fun and Will Wheaton is a fantastic reader. Coincidentally, we just watched the movie last night! It’s been quite a while since I first read the book (six years!), so the details weren’t as fresh and I didn’t notice too much that had been changed in the movie. Definitely a book I’ll read again! (My review is here.)

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  3. Kristen M.

    This is such a fun story. I actually have been avoiding the movie in case it isn’t what I hoped. But then again, it’s Spielberg so how bad can it be, right? 😉

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