Loved the Magicians series so tried this after reading the description. The description makes it sound like the book is contemporary fantasy about reality and MMORPGs blending together. Sounds reasonable after reading The Magicians. Something I'd definitely be interested in reading.
However, this is probably the single most boring novel I have ever read. Very disappointed. Kept waiting for the MMO to have a point but all I got was a bunch of spoiled shallow characters I didn't care about looking around for some old book. I will probably try the author's next book, if there is one, based off the quality of The Magicians, but I truly wish I'd never bothered with this book.
A completely subjective an evaluation:
The story is in parts downright boring. There is little to no progression in the story and I can not recommend it at all.
Beautifully read with great choices for the different characters.
Not sure. I honestly just couldn't get into it.. I thought it sounded interesting before I bought it.
Possibly, I am not sure.
Maybe a different narrator, but maybe it was just the story itself.
I'm not really sure
The only positive thing about the book is the narration. The story is plodding, unexciting, uneventful, pointless.....I could go on, but you get the idea. A complete waste of my time. I hung in there until the end thinking something had to happen to make the torture of the listening experience worth it. I was wrong.
Story line fell apart at the end with unbelievable outcomes. It was like the author spent a great deal of time thinking and writing for the first half of the book, and then rushed to complete it without much thought. I was very disappointed.
I would hesitate to try another because I felt so let down.
There's a lot to unwrap in Codex but if you liked the magicians or anything by Neal Stephenson you can probably hack it. If not go find a more straight-forward thriller.
The narrator does a fantastic job.
Lev Grossman is a fantastic writer. He excels at turning the banal into the macabre. I feel more observant after listening to his books.
If I had listened to this book before Lev Grossman's other work, I probably would not have done so. This was the very first audio book that I could not bear to finish because it was so dreadful. I was very disappointed.
Yes, but based on his other work. If I listened to second book like this, I probably would forgo Lev Grossman's work in the future.
Yes, I loved Codex. I was reading (listening to) a New York Times member one bestseller with a sexy twist when I began reading Codex. I couldn’t stop listening to Codex until I had finished it. It moved along right from the first page. It sucked me into the story and kept me there. I highly recommend.
I liked the way that it kept moving forward without wondering off on needless side trips.
My favorite scene was when Margaret began assembling the Codex.
An interesting premise quickly deteriorated. The main character isn't interesting. Forty percent of the story describes his poor performance in a video game. The narrator makes it worse with a droning delivery. The book suddenly ended irrationally. Save your credits.
The plot is unbelievably slow and the writing is very bland. Almost anything would have made it better.