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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
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Oct 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, audiobooks, sci-fi, books-my-son-liked
Read in September, 2011

I give this 3.4 stars. I kept hearing the Billy Joel song, "We Didn't Start the Fire" playing in my mental background as I listened to it. It was like watching "I love the Eighties" on MTV. I felt really bad for both Wade and Halliday for being stuck in the Eighties. Yes, that was a great decade, but you really need to live in present day. The book was entertaining, but not particularly memorable. The plot was very, very predictable. I knew where it was going long before it got there.

Wil Wheaton's narration was very good, but I couldn't help giggling at every Star Trek reference. (view spoiler)

UPDATE 10/16/11: I got a print copy in the mail on Wednesday. Seems that I won it through Read it Forward and didn't know or remember it when I downloaded the audiobook. I handed the book to my 16 year-old reluctant reader and he finished it by Saturday night. Therefore, I am upgrading my rating by one star. Any book that will engage my son deserves an extra star.
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message 1: by Lori (new)

Lori "We Didn't Start The Fire" is Billy Joel! :D

I can't decide whether I want to read this or not...

Jenny (Reading Envy) I loved the moment you mention in your spoiler too. Hehe!

Sandi Lori wrote: ""We Didn't Start The Fire" is Billy Joel! :D

I can't decide whether I want to read this or not..."

DOH! I even Googled it before I posted, so I did know it was Billy Joel. They don't even sound the same. I will fix my review.

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