Good story; fun and hard to predict.
Not edge of seat, but didn't see the end coming.
This was the first.
Google rules the world!
Robin Sloan is rich in knowledge of today's technologies, so I learned some cool stuff. A fun little book.
Fun and light, well paced and well read. Not life changing literature but you got to like a good story told well.
My wife and I couldn't have been happier with this book. Its got everything, Ruby, Hadoop, Google, Rock Climbing, Secret Societies. As a developer it was great to ready a book that shows how cool these things can be.
Absolutely. Perhaps to my nerdier friends who enjoy mystery and books as well as technology. And especially the idea that both can be combined.
The enthusiasm of the main character. The idea that technology and the love of books do not have to be in opposition but instead combined they open new possibilities.
This really was an excellent mystery. It was intriguing and exciting all the way through.
He was excellent. He really captured the main characters emotions and journey through the book. I will definitely be looking for other books he has read.
The mystery of the book shop or The quest for knowledge.
Note that this book has a lot of references to computers, programming, google etc. If your a technophobe this is not the book for you. However you do need a lot of knowledge on technology to enjoy this book.
I loved the beginning of this book. As a long time book geek, the strange bookstore and its mysterious owner is a nerdilicious concept that really got me hooked. But then the story goes to too strange places for me and I lost the feel for it completely. The characters were also quite lost on me as none of them really touched me in the slightest. They're quite flat, bordering on boring, really.
The last third I listened to purely to have finished the book and not quit, just in case it would turn around again. But it didn't.
Great start, but the last half to third really isn't worth the effort. The beginning deserved a better ending.
On the road quite a bit either solo or with kids in the car. Love finding entertainment for that broad range.
This book employed--as short comments or larger plot devices--a wonderful cross section of my interests. My middle & high schooler and I all laughed out loud together as several points in the narration.
If you hate comic sans (or even know what that means), you'll probably like Mr. Penumbra's.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
This will not be everyone's favorite listen, but I really enjoyed it, and would like to recommend it to others.
The story is a bit quirky, but fun and entertaining. The mystery is light, but progresses well throughout the novel. The narrator did an excellent job as well. It was a book that pulled me into another world for several hours, and I was sad when it was time to leave.
Always a reader, now a listener as well!
Run, don't walk to Mr Penumbra's and just do it! What a masterful book! Mystery, Tekky, New-Fangled, and old-fashioned all at once, and Robin Sloan brings it all home in the end like a Seinfeld episode!
Wow, after the listen, realizing; no sex (thanks), no violence (thanks) no language (thanks) no politics (even though it is set in SF!) and is still the most engaging mystery/novel/suspense and fantasy thing I have had the pleasure to have listened to in a LONG while! Platonic but not boring, characters you know and settings that are new and old all at once. Hits all the high points, and the pitch-perfect performance by Ari Fliakos will have me looking for his work again as well.
Sloan is hopefully the new J.K. Rowling, and will be looking for more! I never wanted this one to end!
Thanks you Robin Sloan from a classic mystery lover, and to Ari Fliakos for the great performance.