I usually don't write reviews but this book was a lovely surprise. Started just a wee slow but then the characters and story came about. The story was a engaging and thought provoking at times. Nice characters and intriguing little mystery
It was an okay book with a combination of the surreal and structured electronic world. Interesting topic and the plot went downhill as the characters were too spread out and none really developed any depth. Somehow Google and Immortality and cult were in a the same sentence. Also, the leading female character sucks....
It was refreshingly up to date with modern technologies and it was pleasant that the author didn't try to obscure the involved companies. Lots of fun.
Two worlds existing at the same time. An ancient odd bookshop and the tech world of Google. The customers of the bookstore are mysterious; who are they and why do they want the books from the back? There is a mystery to be solved and Google employees are quickly trying to solve the problem with high tech to protect Mr. Penumberbra and preserve his bookstore. I enjoyed the characters and the creative story. College students digging deep to discover an ancient secret.
If you want to fun book to listen to, but don't want to have to really listen hard in case you miss a detail then this is the book for you!
Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore started off a little slow but then picked up momentum. It has all the elements you could ever want in a book but on a smaller scale...mystery, poking fun of yourself and other people, making fun of the big man-" Google", A little bit a thrill and a little bit of Da Vinci Code, all rolled into one.
The narration was fine. Nothing really to complain about. The story was clearly where it lacked.
Google. I like Google, I use it every day. They've made some great products, it's true. I just felt like I was watching (listening) to "The Internship" all over again. It got to where I was rolling my eyes every time the word 'Google' was mentioned, and since I listen in the car and I was rolling them so often, I began to fear for my safety.
I called the so-called 'mystery' pretty early on in the book and the relationships were pretty weak, so there wasn't much to compel me to continue listening. Sorry, Robin. Not my cup of tea.
Desperately Literate Housewife
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It was a laugh out loud adventure of lovable geekiness that had me constantly smiling.
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I didn’t get it.
This may be the most unhelpful review... but I can’t think of anything more to say - it just flew right over my head.
Based on the mostly positive reviews, clearly it was just me.
I couldn't wait to get hold of this book after reading reviews and synopses. It's fun, and charming, but not the game-changer I'd been led to expect. And the author lost a lot of my goodwill for (a) some unsubtle lobbying for copyright piracy; and (b) calling his Magical Pixie Dream Girl character Kat Potente, ehich seems a bit sad and obvious (but then I never related to the cult spoeal of Cat Power). It's a fun story, neatly told, but this is not the new Douglas Adams or Neil Gaiman. I did enjoy the narration.