I would try another book from this author. The storyline kept me interested and struck a nice balance between Sci-Fi, Mystery and Current Pop-Culture.
Narrator did a good job including changing his voice for different characters.
Although it was a pleasure read the book did give me some ideas to explore at my place of employment related to 3D Layouts.
Quick and easy to follow. I would recommend to anyone age 9-79.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. The story itself flows and is modern and unpretentious, engaging and layered. The author manages to weave in new technology and characters, with a fun sense of mystery and a good pace, along with ancient mystery. It has been a while since I've had this much fun reading/listening to a book. And I can't put it down - only when I have to, for sleep, or at work where it would be impossible to do my job with headphones on; I drive with it, exercise with it, answer emails with it, even type in edits on my own book listening to it.
The narrator is really good, as well. I enjoy the voice, and the characters are distinguishable and clear and consistent. A joy to listen to - and I'm currently looking at other books read by this person.
I've purchased a print copy of this book for one friend, a digital copy for another friend, and will buy a gift of audiobook for another friend.
Eric M. Witchey
I didn't want to finish Mr. Penumbra’s Twenty-Four Hour Book Store by Cherie Priest. I simply liked being in the story. As a sometimes fantasy writer, I especially like how a series of fantasy dragon novels worked their way into the experience. I liked the way she developed the parallel between the 15th century culture of printing and the modern internet revolution. That, I must say, was brilliant and well worth the price and time. I also loved the role of Google and the way she portrayed the people at Google. Since a large part of my life has been spent in high-tech, and because I write fiction, I have often wondered how to use the experience of cube farms as a part of my fiction. It has always stumped me, but I think she did it with honesty and flair. Finally, I loved—absolutely loved—the character Mr. Penumbra and how his bit of the ending played out.
The performance is great and just kept me listening. The story is is like so many sword and sourcery books transformed into todays worlds.
Just a great story. An amazing first novel.
Imagine a bookstore clerk who only ever retrieves books from the "way back" list and a girl who is a Google prodigy. Add in a little mystery of books and a secret society and you get a glimpse into the strangest world imaginable...Mr. Penumbra's. old knowledge meets new knowledge in this funny, intriguing and down-right odd story. Narrator is great and worth the credit.
Listening to a different book? The narrator was appropriate for the tone of the book, but I found the voices of the other characters jarring. Especially Mr. Penumbra... Is he supposed to sound English?
Never say never, but unlikely.
The narrator's voice was fine for the main character (the book is in the first person; not my favorite format), but all of the other voices seemed very off to me. The voices of all the other characters sound like a caricature voice. But then, most of the characters in the book are also fairly flat caricatures, so it's hard to blame this on just the performance.
The premise of the book sounded exciting and I think for younger age groups (10-14) this would be a great read of listen. But for an adult it falls pretty flat, even as a fluff read.
Did Google pay Robin Sloan to write this book? That's how it reads. I think this book is unfortunately going to age very quickly because of it's overuse of contemporary branded technology. It also relies heavily on stereotypes and caricatures - both of people (super techy "Googlites", eccentric old academics, put-together PR professionals) and of places (San Francisco is described as the laid-back yet super innovative "Venice of our day" while the main villain is a cold-hearted New Yorker - who even REFERS to himself as a cynical New York businessman) to an extent that I find tiresome. If I had been reading this book rather than listening to it, I don't think I could have finished it. Even listening, I struggled to make it through this book.
a better story with more of an adult bent
not anything that reeks of young adult!
He's a good narrator -- that was not the problem
I wasn't sure what to expect when I downloaded this book, but it really pulled me in and I ended up liking it a lot. It starts a bit slow, but the characters were quirky and loveable, the plot diverting enough that it wasn't easy to guess where it was going, and the ending was satisfying.
This was one of those times when the narrator was seemingly hand picked for the book. It was such a pleasant and fun listening experience.
A very interesting adventure for those of us who love books. A mystery with a creative mixture of current technology and precious dusty old archives. An entertaining story with an anti-climatic ending, but still worth the journey.