the story feels like it was made yesterday, so current, yet such depth in the plot is amazing and I love all the characters and the sense of humor.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
I did not read the print version but certainly will and I am sure I will love it as much as the audio-book version.
The narrator is so charming, so committed to real books, real people, real mysteries (both with a capital M and otherwise) and the value of real friends that I find him utterly compelling.
I have never heard Mr. Fliakos but will certainly put him on my list of favorite readers. He has a very natural delivery and is extremely easy to listen to. He is also very good at becoming other characters without being gimmicky in doing so.
Mr. Penumbra certainly but his bookstore is a character in and of itself. I can close my eyes and see it so clearly. It has a life of its own as do the characters who inhabit it. It is so integral to the story that it is indeed a character.
This book was on my wish list for over a year. I am so glad I moved it from there to my library. This is a book for people who love books of every type - ebooks, real paper books, audio books and whatever will be coming in the future of the written word. Don't wait a minute to get this book and prepare to be charmed, mesmerized, perplexed and in the end warmed by the true message in The Codex. I won't tell you what that is because I know you will love the unveiling of the answer because you are indeed a lover of books.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this while commuting. I don't usually like fantasy but that element was very limited and instead this book was a good old fashioned quest story, complete with oddball characters, a somewhat ill defined nemesis, and a love interest (although that was kept to a minimum). Sure parts of the story require a little suspension of belief, but it was all in keeping with the fantasy genre.
Harry Potter meets Da Vinci's code. Books, e-readers, a secret society in a quest and digital technology get together in this fun, enjoyable mystery. And everything started at the mysterious 24 hours bookstore. The story grabbed me from the first line, and just wanted to know what will happen next.
The narrator deserves 10 stars. Wonderful!
It was defiantly an original story line!
Yes! I love "quest" type mysteries. It's like a lighter Dan Brown type mystery without the blood shed!
It was humorous in many places! The main character is such a normal guy, you cent help but love him!
If the opening strains of music in this book give you a little chill and make you wonder if this is actually a techno-Harry Potter, then you are in for a treat, my friend.
I *loved* this story. It takes a while to really get an idea of what's going on, but you are as hapless as the main character, so don't worry. It's quirky, amusing, and very original. I can't recall reading anything else like it, and that for me is a huge plus. I will undoubtedly listen to it again and again in those times when I'm feeling a bit down, and need a good story to lift me up.
I loved it, I will describe it as up front and in the moment ; the performance kept me thoroughly engaged and familiar the same way I felt as the story drew me in. This was beyond the fact that I knew the places that he was talking about in the City first hand. Beyond the fact that "Silicon Valley" in real time is leaking into Silicon Bay Area as well.
I heard the story of the 24 hour bookstore in 24 hours. I could not have waited the 500 odd years that the characters needed to puzzle out the story, but even that bizarre thought makes sense in terms of how rapidly our technology is growing. This book engaged the personal viewpoints towards technology that might be felt as differences in the terms of different generations and brings them together in a lighthearted way where the old and the young both respectively fit in harmoniously, to sort the mystery out. I don't think I have heard an author do that regarding our quantum technological shift. I liked the book because for me it was a thorough distraction from my daily life and at the same time the affirmation it gives is personal in relation. It was lighthearted amusing and very entertaining and HEY is all carried out in non violent language, which in our times is refreshing and hopeful in literature.
I like the end as I feel the characters carry on as familiar friends even after I close the book .
Thank You - Good Listening!
I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!
I had low expectations for this book. It had been on my "wish list" forever & I finally decided (because it was cheap) to give it a try. I figured if I didn't like it, I would return it and try something else. After all, life is too short to ready crummy books, right?
It was delightful! I was immediately drawn into the characters & the mystery of the 24 hour bookstore. Well written, full of surprises, & and an ending that made sense and closed all the loops!
This book is hard to classify into any specific genre. It is sort of a mystery, sort of techno-fiction (if that's even a real genre) and even has elements of sci-fi and fantasy now and then. But it was so enjoyable, I recommend to anyone who likes to get lost in a story.
I'm surprised no one seems to catch the quirky title!
This is the first fiction book I've read (or listened to) in a long time that I really liked. The title itself grabbed me. How cool would it to have a 24-hour bookstore nearby? And what a name!! The suggestion of a shadow, hinting at a subterranean cult that becomes stronger and until the sun is self-consumed. Gads! I'm beginning to freak out like Clay!
Ari Fliacos was a superb narrator.
You have probably read some conflicting reviews of whether non-techies should read this. I'll say this - if you are afraid of computer lingo, then this isn't for you. Otherwise, you'll be fine. You don't need to have a lot of knowledge of computers to follow the story. There might be some things that you don't understand, but you won't lose the story if you don't.
This is a GREAT story with a fantastic reader - he fits the tone of the book well. Some of my favorite lines from the book include: "We need James Bond with a Library Science degree!" and "He's Nosferatu as a Marine Corps Sergeant!"
It's lighthearted, but gives you the opportunity to think about some large philosophical issues, if you want to. I laughed out loud several times, and I will listen to this book again. I highly recommend it, regardless of your computer knowledge.