Who is accomplished enough to claim a critic's eye? Who is as masterful as those who have written for the rest of us to read? When I was a young man, I believed I knew what was better than something else. Now, I am in awe of everything. Now I realize that the older I get, the less I know.
This was a fun listen for younger listeners. But, for a senior like me it was an interesting peek into the mindset of the young in the 21st Century. Google, digital code, fantasy worlds, etc. all were engaged throughout.
Yes, if I were 30 years younger.
I haven't listened to other performances, but I enjoyed this one as he spoke in various voices.
Sure. Another book could continue the fun although the conclusion of the story reveals the folly of the whole quest by the characters involved. There is more to say about quests and the tendency we all have to imagine significance in things that turn out not to be there. It's kind of sad. We all want our dreams to come true. But, there is a lesson there and that could be a starting point for another book.
The strange mix of fictional corporations, historical characters, and fonts with bizarrely overwhelming mentions of GOOGLE GOOGLE GOOGLE annoyed me. Leveraging all of Google's power was a quick way to illustrate some of the efforts, but lauding their cafeteria, management structure and general nerd culture to the degree and pages he devoted to it was unnecessary. The resolution also angered me for reasons I can not describe without "spoilers".
The characters, other than his caricature of a "quirky nerd girl" girlfriend, were likeable. The mystery wasn't really that mysterious, but the natural way the story was told made it feel more friendly and enjoyable.
He does an excellent old man voice.
It could be properly Wes Anderson-ed up to be enjoyable, but it would really depend on the director.
Could not get in to this one. Tried several times but, it is just not catching me.
It's not often that I pick up a book and have no idea where the story is going. It ended up in my library based on a sale and high praise from some reviewers that I follow, but it was not at all what I expected (and that was a good thing).
I had gone in expecting some sort of sword-and-sorcery or Merlin-in-Manhattan thing. If it had been, it would probably have been entertaining. The author could have easily gone there with very little work. However, it turned out to be something different and very intriguing. You'll find yourself looking at those little mom-and-pop bookshops in an entirely different light after reading this.
I won't post any spoilers or specifics, but I will say that the story is entirely plausible, well constructed, highly engaging and (to the best of my knowledge) unlike any other. It reads like a good mystery/adventure and hints at sci-fi/fantasy without actually crossing over.
I didn't initially take to Ari Fliakos's performance. It just seemed unremarkable. However, by the second or third chapter, I was sold. Of course, I was just coming off a Wil Wheaton narration, so it just may have been the contrast in styles that put me off.
This book was very intriguing, but the ending was less than satisfying. I don't think the narrator was much of a tech guy, because the way pronounced technical terms was off; he was okay otherwise. I think a lot of techies and gamers will enjoy the journey, but be forewarned, the destination is just so-so.
A great contemporary story with I expected twists and turns. The story is original and ties in the story of books with today's MO that everything worth knowing is online.
As long as I have my Audible, I'm content.
This book kept me mesmerized at first, literally sitting forward in my chair staring at the speakers, unable to multitask like I usually do when I'm listening to books. But it didn't take long for it to lose me. Maybe it was the grade school crush Clay developed for Kat, talking about her "cute ears" and such. Maybe it was the waaaaay to long description of Neel's software for boobs. Maybe it was the lengthy talk on typography, data, and algorithms. Blah. And then the mystery-- well that was a big disappointment. Black robes and vacuity!
The entire book was enjoyable, moved swiftly and the narrator, Ari, is perfect for the story.
there are many but the time they went "behind the scenes" at Google
no I haven't heard any of Ari's other performances but I will look up what else he has done and hopefully I will find something else to enjoy by him.
Clay; he seems so without ambition in the beginning but turns out to be so driven and dedicated to Mr. P.