First, if you haven't read his 3 volumes about Magicians, go do that. It/they is/are world class wonderful
This book not so much. He has, and displays extremely well, an exciting knowledge of - yes, really - library; wrong word but he's got solid material and displays and uses it very well.
Plot is - sigh - shaky with logical and common sense 'gaps'.
Read to me like a first novel and not nearly as bad as other 'firsts' I've read.
Reader/performers, regrettably, don't add to the book.
Has Mr. G other books?
I'd try another than this without hesitation.
I found the main character to be unrelatable. The story itself was brilliant at times, but ultimately felt unfinished. I like books that leave some questions unanswered for the reader, but this didn't feel like that. The ending was just kind of agnostic and unfulfilling.
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.