Ready Player One

Given the growing popularity of audiobooks, I thought it was time to give them a try. I read an article, I Regret Reading These 5 Books (Because I Should Have Listened to Them Instead), last month that helped me select Ready Player One for my first audiobook experience.

Summary

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline is set in 2044, when most people spend their time in the OASIS, a massively multiplayer online virtual reality simulation. When the creator of OASIS dies, it is revealed that he left the key to his vast fortune hidden in the OASIS, protected by a series of riddles and puzzles inspired by 1980’s pop culture (an obsession of the creator’s).

Review

Okay, so Ready Player One isn’t a great piece of literature, but it’s entertaining and has an interesting concept. It’s written for young adults, which is odd because it’s meant to appeal to people who experienced the 1980’s. I was born too late to really experience the 80’s, but I was still familiar with some of the movies, video games, and music mentioned in the book.

The audiobook is narrated by Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation. He did an awesome job narrating and it was funny to listen to him refer to himself as a “geezer” in the book. 😛

If you’re a fan of 1980’s pop culture (particularly, science-fiction and video games), I’d recommend giving the book a try — especially in audiobook form. As for audiobooks in general, they definitely seem like a convenient way to read (especially while commuting or doing housework), but I enjoy the experience of reading myself better, so I think I’ll stick to eBooks and print books for now.