Ready Player One
By: Ernest Cline, Audio Book narrated by Will Wheaton
My Rating: Five out of Five Stars
Best for: 16 and up
I had Will Wheaton read Ready Player One this time. Brilliant, obviously. Especially when Will Wheaton reads about himself in the book. Very meta.
1) I still love this book. Belongs on the best of the decade lists for sure.
2) There is a lot more swearing than I remembered. I think listening to Will Wheaton swear at me made me realize there is a difference in my tolerance levels when I read v when I listen. Very interesting…I think I feel a blog post coming on.
I’ve been wanting to re-read Ready Player One since the first time I finished it. (See below!) This is one seriously fun book. I think it was even better the second time. Read it now!
Wow! Haven’t had this much fun reading in a long time! This was the first time in my life I remember wanting turn right back to the first page and start reading again! I loved, loved, loved this book.
I don’t know that I can recommend this book to every reader, however. It is filled with 80’s “geekyness,” with 80’s music, styles, video games, and D&D refrences on every page. If that doesn’t interest you, “Ready Player One” may not have the same effect on you as it did me. Also, the book has quite a bit of mature (or should I say immature?) language . . . the main characters are teenagers.
The thought that this is Ernie Clines first book is exciting too–I’m thinking of a future with more books from this great author! (Update: Don’t read Armada. It lost all the magic of Ready Player One and has much worse language. I was very disappointed!)
Because of the language and a scene that discusses masturbation, I recommend this book for older teens only…16 and up. Don’t try listening to the audio book in the car with the kids either. This might have happened…
Since informed parents make the best decisions, here is the swear word count: F-word: 9 instances (about once every 42 pages). Sh-word: 33 instances (about once every 11 pages)
Also, this is the masturbation scene on page 192: