Written By: Ernest Cline

Narrated By: Wil Wheaton

Date: July 2015

Duration: 11 hours 51 minutes


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A rollicking alien invasion thriller that embraces and subverts science-fiction conventions, from the author of the worldwide phenomenon Ready Player One 

“Exciting . . . mixes Star Wars, The Last Starfighter, Independence Day, and a really gnarly round of Space Invaders.”—USA Today • “A thrilling coming of age story.”—Entertainment Weekly

Zack Lightman has never much cared for reality. He vastly prefers the countless science-fiction movies, books, and videogames he's spent his life consuming. And too often, he catches himself wishing that some fantastic, impossible, world-altering event could arrive to whisk him off on a grand spacefaring adventure. 

So when he sees the flying saucer, he's sure his years of escapism have finally tipped over into madness. 

Especially because the alien ship he's staring at is straight out of his favorite videogame, a flight simulator callled Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting Earth from alien invaders. 

As impossible as it seems, what Zack's seeing is all too real. And it's just the first in a blur of revlations that will force him to question everything he thought he knew about Earth's history, its future, even his own life--and to play the hero for real, with humanity's life in the balance. 

But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can't help thinking: Doesn't something about this scenario feel a little bit like . . .  well . . . fiction? 

At once reinventing and paying homage to science-fiction classics, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a coming-of-age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you've ever read before.


  • Cory Packer

    Will Wheaton is the man! The book is pretty predictable, but entertaining nonetheless. Awesome listening experience as usual! In the unlikely event that you liked this book and haven't read Cline's NYT Bestseller, make sure you hit up Ready Player One.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Cole Johnson

    Armada is yet another awesome book by Earnest Cline. I love reading his books and his writing style is infectiously addicting to anyone who grew up playing video games in the 90's and is following the the industry today. As always, his references to current brands and companies makes his stories fell more real and relatable as if this were an alternate reality and you find yourself looking out the window to make sure it's not actually happening. I love this book and hope that Ernest Cline continues to write books in this amazing style.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Really good !! Love the narrator

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Andrew G.

    Wheaton did a great job, the book was just average.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Michael S.

    i enjoy it

  • Juan R.

    Wil Wheaton and Ernest Cline book are a great pair I have listened to Armada and ready player one about 6 times each

  • Jesper N.

    fantastiskt book

  • Andrew H.

    Fantastic book amazing plot

  • Danny M.

    Wil Wheaton does a tremendous job with this book. He really brings the characters to life. The story is fun although familiar.

  • Jessica L.

    If you enjoyed Ready Player One, you will definitely love this. Wil Wheaton, once again, your narration, just bravo! It's easy to listen, especially when you can tell that the reader enjoys what he is reading. I decided to get Armada because I was curious about which other books Wil Wheaton has read, and I saw that Ernest Cline had written another book, I was glad to see that once again Wil takes charge of the narration ship for this one. The way Wil reads this book, it felt like it belonged in the Ready Player One world, but, it really doesn't, Armada gave me the familiar feeling of RPO, but this time, I rode a ship on the way to Memory Lane, it felt familiar, modern and relatable, I found myself greening and at times reminiscing playing games with old friends. Ernest Cline clearly loves Sci-Fi, Video Games, Pop Culture and if you do, I think you will like this book or if you have the imagination of a 5-year-old as I do, you will LOVE this, especially read to you by Wil Wheaton. I had a blast. Exceptional narration. Great book! I am definitely buying the paper copies for my library! :)

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