Literary DaVinci Code
The plot was interesting, and I loved the fact that it was set in a bookstore. I'm also a sucker for anything involving a secret society-- the weirder, the better. However, the book quickly strayed from the bookstore setting, which was disappointing. I wanted more of the mystery to be about the books and place itself.
I loved the build-up to the secret about the books. It's not any scene in particular, but I felt like the entire beginning of the book was really the best part. But then again, I love suspense.
I really enjoyed the bulk of the book, although I found the ending a bit cheesy and trite. I also grew weary of the portrayal of the female character. She seemed very one-note, and while she was smart, she was precocious in an off-putting way. As the only female lead, I wanted her to be dynamic like her male counterparts.
I would rank this book up at or near the top of my list of favorite audiobooks. It is fun, easy, enjoyable book brought to life with great narration
I'm not going to divulge details of the book, but the dialogue and even the inner-dialog were imaginative and well-narrated.
It was great. It was an animated reading that was as memorable, or almost as memorable, as the Potter series, which is high praise to me.
Hard to say. There were several.
This book defies easy explanation, but I highly recommend that you download it.
Absolutely delightful from start to finish, this novel not only captures the wonderful serendipity of brilliant young minds unfettered by the fogies among us but also the sweet open-mindedness of their elderly mentors. Each is affectionately mocked along the way. Perfect narrator, too! I found it great fun.
I never really got into this book. I didn't hate it but I was happy when I was finally finished and could move on to another one. I ready so many good reviews before purchasing, but it just didn't do it for me. The writing and narration was good, but I found the story to be dull.
He was the perfect narrator for this book. His voice was what I imagine Clay's would sound like.
Sorry, but no, not really.
Original. I listened waiting to find out what the mystery was. I usually only write a review if a book is a 5 to encourage a listener to order, or a disaster to give a warning. This is interesting a low 4
I am an energetic wife, mother and grandmother with a busy life and tired eyes. I love being able to listen to books while doing chores, etc.
This is a book that keeps you guessing until the end. The narration is just the right speed and with great characterization.
I will definitely look for more books by this author and this narrator.
I wanted to be part of this story with it's quirky characters and oddly charming blend of mysticism and computer technology. It was almost believable but the fantasy of it was charming.
I don't typically do this. However, I would listen again to introduce the story to my family on a road trip. It is a fun story, very engaging.
I like the eccentric characters, the narrator's voice (both the voice of the writer and the performance), and the creativity of the story.
I have not listened to any other performances by Ari Filakos. His performance here is excellent. He sounds like the character - very believable.
All of the characters are memorable. The author is especially talented at describing characters so that you can easily see them in your mind's eye. All a little quirky and eccentric but also rooted in reality.
Can't stop listening
Robin's romp through hi-tech magic and ancient knowledge (aka OK) was so completely refreshing and entertaining, my only complaint is it ended too soon. Would have loved to hang out with Clay and gang a lot longer!
You also do not have to be young to enjoy this. But if you like (even a little) typography, design, communication, codes, and fun, then you are the right person for this adventure. I especially enjoyed Clay and his tongue in cheek, don't-take-it-too-seriously attitude.
When I read the summary of this book I wasn't sure if I would really like it. Well, I didn't really like it-I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book! I'm sure the print book alone is a great experience, however, the audiobook is a five-star because of the excellent narration.
So, why did I love this book? Start with an intriguing mystery. Seemingly unrelated elements of the story-an ancient cult, Google geeks, a nearly deserted old bookstore run by an equally old owner, a young unemployed marketing dude, a Silicon Valley type business owner and the sci-fi series about singing dragons. When I listened to this book I felt like I was 12 years old (Smart 12 years old and good 12 years old) and on a great adventure. You know you're enjoying the story when you're listening with your headphones on and laughing out loud or snickering many times.
I highly recommend this purely delightful experience.