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Armada Audiobook

Armada

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Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

He rises up the ranks until there’s only one other player who can challenge his worldwide supremacy. As he closes in on his ultimate enemy, the game suspiciously shuts down, leading Zack to investigate the many urban legends and myths that surround Armada. What he finds will take him beyond his wildest dreams.

The game was just the beginning....

©2015 Random House Audiobooks (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

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    Todd Orange, Australia 28/07/2015
    Todd Orange, Australia 28/07/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "A fun ride, if a little derivative"

    This one gets 3.5 stars from me. Comparisons will unavoidably be made with Clines' first novel, Ready Player One. This story wasn't as good as that one, but it's still a fun ride. The story is predictable and draws heavily from other well-known sci-fi classics. But at least Cline is unapologetically open about it.

    The book is full of pop culture references for nerds and cinephiles, though not as heavily as in RPO. The story moves along at a good pace, but ends quite suddenly after the climax. Wheaton's narration is great. He's enthusiastic and gets right into the story, which excites you as a listener.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Matt 14/12/2015
    Matt 14/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "I got the steak - I wanted the roast!"

    I personally found this book very enjoyable with a mix of modern and vintage sci-fi elements. However I sincerely wish most of the story was further explored in more detail. Many sections of the story felt glossed over and were finished before they felt like they had begun. Whilst not as gripping as 'Ready Player One' it shared a very similar vibe and is worth a read if you are a fan of his earlier work. Wheaton still unstoppable - great performance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David 23/11/2015
    David 23/11/2015
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    "Really enjoyed this book."

    I did enjoy this book and the story.

    Ready Player One is my favorite book. This was good but not in the same league.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kyal 19/07/2016
    Kyal 19/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A fun adventure."

    Not Clines best work. Ready player one is better.

    The book follows a young mans journey, with a long lead up to the main events, followed by an extremely short climax. I was a bit disappointed but it's still fantastic.

    Wil Wheaton is amazing in his performance. I love his voice, the slight accents he does, his inflections, brilliant.

    All in all, worth getting. It's a good adventure and great for someone new to the genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dale 13/07/2016
    Dale 13/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Ernest and Wheaton - what a pairing!"

    I had just finished listening to Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, and jumped straight into Armada. The story is just as good and tears along at a steady pace. After reading some reviews stating it seems to wrap up quickly, I feel the total opposite and like the way Cline finished the story.

    I felt a lot more for the characters in Armada than I did in RPO, Cline really has a way of drawing you into them.

    Which brings me to Wheaton's performance. Better than on RPO for sure. More 'acting' used, throwing his voice and using accents to really create the world Cline had created.

    If you liked Ready Player One by all means this will really be up your alley.

    I always feel sombre when I finish a book with Wil Wheaton narrating! 5 Stars!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 10/01/2016
    Mark 10/01/2016
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    "Good but last 1/3 of book feels rushed"

    Loved ready player one and so I bought this book. I liked the majority of the book. Good humour, story and cultural references. But I can't help feeling that the The last 1/3 of the book was written under the looming deadline. The story final story brushed over and told in a rapid, slapdash manor which is a real shame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dan 15/11/2016
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    "It gives me a hard on"

    Ernest Cline delivers another pot of gold. Will Wheaton has a fantastic voice. Makes me wish I had more hands, so I could give this bad boy 4 THUMBS UP!

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    Luke Fisher 21/09/2016
    Luke Fisher 21/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "pretty good listen for a sleepy weekend"

    As always Wil Wheaton aces this performance, the story feels a little like a rehashing of Enders Game, without the polishing Orson Card offers up. Over all its a fun listen. recommended if you liked Ready Player One and Wil Wheaton's narration of it.

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    Jarryd 19/09/2016
    Jarryd 19/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Written, to become a movie"

    Every day normal average kid turns out to be a big hero. Not through hard work, but through his hobbies. He's also mean to most people, which ends up being in his favour.

    He screws up, but it's ok. The incompetent adults are cool with cleaning up his mess. His a greasy teenager, but attracts the eye of the strong female lead in her mid 20's. She's also the hacker, because gender equality.

    The highlight was when a dude stuck in space for 20 years nails the first girl he sees within 1 hour of landing on earth.

    It's a silly, fun book for teens.

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    kris 14/08/2016
    kris 14/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Good read/listen"

    Good story, could definitely have kept going as I feel like the story is definitely unfinished.

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  • Hamish
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    23/07/15
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    "A Sci-Fi Great"

    Loved it! Ernest Cline writes another engrossing book I can't stop read/listening to. Obviously hard to follow up after Ready Player One and many themes are similar here, but still delightful though at times it did sound a little too similar to Enders Game.

    The narration is the the best! Will Wheaton is frickin amazing as the narrator. Different voices and characters come alive and just add and pump up this book to new heights.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vinodhan
    7/10/16
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    "A must-listen for fans of the genre"

    Yes. It's no Ready Player One" (how could it be?) but (proud) geekdom will still find this a highly satisfying and heartening offering from the same author. And, really, what can be better than Wil Wheaton once again taking us on the joyride?
    It's not life altering (probably) and is just a tad heavy handed somehow in dishing out some of its pop culture pearls (the very beauty of Cline's work I know and agree) but you will enjoy the storytelling way too much to let that detract.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Batman
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    "Great Book!"

    Pretty good, hey. A sea of pop culture references again. Story line was a little derivative, but credit was definitely given where it was due. A very pleasant read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Torben
    Cork, Ireland
    26/04/16
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    "Fun, quirky, way too many pop culture references"

    Fun listen with Will doing an excellent, as usual. Does feel like a ride on the nostalgia train, using pop culture references like nails to embed you in the story, as if referencing The Thing or Star Trek will somehow make it feel more based in reality and more intriguing, despite being pretty average. Do read, it's still fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    19/10/15
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    "Nom nom nom"
    What did you like best about Armada? What did you like least?

    After Ready Player One, I was expecting another epic three course banquet. In comparison, Armada is more like a happy meal. But hey, there's NOTHING wrong with the occasional happy meal... just know that this book is a completely different meal from RPO and you'll be okay.


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  • Rob
    8/08/15
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    "Another Hit!"

    This is another fantastic book by Ernest Cline! If you loved Ready Player One, you'll most definitely enjoy this. A good combination of pop culture with science fiction. Any lover of video games especially games like Space Invaders will have a great time reading this.
    Keep up the amazing work!
    P.S Will Wheaton does great Impressions, especially 'British'.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • joe
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    4/08/15
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    "Garbage"

    As a HUGE fan of Ready Player One I was so excited for this one, OMG it was such a let down.

    The story is appalling, not only is it a blatant rehash of Enders game/Last Star Fighter but it has the audacity to frequently reference both and constantly draw parallels. It is not new, unique or exciting in any way. All the "Easter eggs" that made RPO so cool just feel lazy and forced in Armada.

    Ok, this book is fun and fast paced but It felt like the book was rushed and absolutely no thought was put into it (a borrowed story line, one dimentional characters and a run time of less than 12hours) Honestly, if it wasn't for Will Weaton i probably wouldn't have even finished this. So disappointed!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Evil RobotNixon
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    18/09/15
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    "Another great book by Ernest Cline"

    A great second book, like Ready Player One, full of pop culture references. Moves along at a good pace and does not let up!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • TSDAdam
    17/08/15
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    "Good, but not as good as Ready Player One"

    Another good one for fans of Sci fi pop culture, but must missing a bit of "something" to bring it up to the level of Ready Player One. If you liked that book, you'll like this one too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carole
    London, United Kingdom
    16/08/15
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    "not as good as Ready Player One"

    By chapter 7 or 8 I had stopped comparing it to.Ender's Game. A bit verbose on the technicalities but gripping, it kept me up until I had finished it

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • groMMit1981
    United Kingdom
    8/08/15
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    "Skip, listen to Ready Player One instead"

    Full of vomit inducing sob sob amateur dramatics. A cheesy cheap soap opera designed to take advantage, constantly shouting and screaming popular sci and gaming references.
    A turd that not even Will Wheaton's superb performance can polish.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah
    Herne Bay, United Kingdom
    6/08/15
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    "This is no 'Ready Player One'"
    If you could sum up Armada in three words, what would they be?

    Armada? Sadly underwhelming.


    Would you recommend Armada to your friends? Why or why not?

    Hmm, probably not. Like...its fine? And I recommended Ready Player One left, right and center...but this? No. Probably not.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Wil is my favorite reader - he has the perfect reading voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Armada never quite achieves what it sets out to and instead of paying homage to sci fi classics (such as Ender's Game, as noted elsewhere) it borrows far too much from them. Additionally I never found myself investing in these characters in the same way I did with Ready Player One. It was fine. You might like it. You might not.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • ElloryP
    13/09/15
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    "Bluergh"

    After the absolutely wonderful READY PLAYER ONE I was looking forward to getting stuck in to another book by the same author and read by the same narrator.
    Unfortunately in my opinion this story does not have a patch on the last book.
    It's incredibly schmaltzy, Cline must not have got all the film references (that worked so well in RP1) out of his system so half heartedly carries them on throughout this one. I just kept groaning because it felt like he'd plagiarised himself.
    Will Wheaton does a fairly good job up until he attempts what is described in the book as "a thick British accent" he's clearly done it with none or at best very little research or practice, and as a British person it grates terribly. We have many very thick accents in Britain, none of which sound like the love child of a South African and an Australian.
    Very disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James
    11/05/16
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    "A great listen, with interesting current topics"

    Great narrating by Wheaton. The story is a little out there towards the end in what previously follows a interesting current topic of vr and battle simulators. As always a great book by a great author!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AK
    9/05/16
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    "Millenium Falcon Has Problems With Hyperdrive"

    Unlike many readers and listeners, I wasn’t exactly won over by ”Ready Player One”, and I admit that only a third into ”Armada” I was ready to give up. The premise was too thin for my liking, and while I could appreciate fantastical things taking place out of the blue, unlikely turns and even, as it happens, the likeliest and most obvious ”twists”, I felt completely detached from what was going on to the point where I asked myself why I should bother reading further.

    I did, however, until the very end, but I’m not quite sure if it did me any good. As has been pointed out, Cline’s referential style revolves around him writing his versions of his favourite stories, amply referencing them and toying with them along the way, but his hybrid just doesn’t seem worth the trouble to me. Perhaps I’ve never been into the whole fan fiction thing to appreciate what’s going on, but then again, this isn’t really supposed to be fan fiction as far as I’m concerned.

    Yet then again, this is a light read, and to some extent fulfills its function. In some way I think the strength in Cline’s writing is that he trusts the reader to know what’s coming next so that he can offer his variation on it. And to be honest, isn’t this what storytelling has been about since forever? Not that there weren’t awkward moments, or that the deus ex machina he used so much in ”Ready Player One” didn’t pop up conveniently here as well. It’s just that when it read well, it read incredibly well. I suppose that’s part of the irritation, really: I’m boarding Millenium Falcon and just as we’re about to hit hyperspace, it doesn’t work, fiddlesticks! See, I was trying to be the geeky me.

    As for narration, I wasn’t too fond of Wheaton before, but he’s really growing on me. There are moments where he’s the one making it all click with his enthusiasm and obvious freewheeling fun he’s exuding. Definitely carries the narrative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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