I love books and I don't like to listen to the radio on the way to work. Now I can listen to books instead! I am in heaven.
This book is a treat! I found it highly entertaining, and I must say I was surprised at the ending.
I wanted to like it more than I did because the premise is a good one. I'd say the parts were more interesting than the whole. The tongue-in-cheek pop culture references to our technological fixations made me smile.
The protagonist was my favorite character and that was entirely due to Ari Fliakos' very entertaining narration. The book would not have been nearly as good had he not nailed the reading.
A bookstore is fertile ground for multiple story lines. I could see this as a TV show with Joseph Gordon Levitt as the protagonist.
This book was a pleasant surprise. It was a slow start, in which I was wondering why I bought this book to begin with, but then really hooked me. The story is believable yet still somewhat slightly bizarre. I found my self rooting for the main characters and after finishing went searching for other books written by the author.
Sloan's best achievement is to make me want this bookstore to exist every bit as much as he does. It's a great concept and a more than appealing at a wouldn't-it-be-cool level.That said, the story that he weaves in and around that bookstore is simply less inspired. There's the potential for an exploration about hypertextuality and literature, but events move too quickly for that philosophical thread to get much development.
Disappointing. The overall concept is downright magical, but the reveals render it more of a conscious puzzle and less of the unplanned residue of something greater that it originally seems.
Yes. Very layered and interesting. Great mystery and puzzler.
Mr. Penumbra. He is a very layered character and very kind.
He sounds like the young man who doesn't really know his way around the world yet.
The whole mystery/puzzle of the books was great. I would love to be in the book club.
What a wonderfully fun, twisted stori. Ari's narration was amazing and he was given a great piece of writing to work with. Great characters, with a sense of modern realism that I could relate to. I would definitely recommend it to others.
I haven't, but I will now. He was amazing!
The Story. The connections between books and people and the interwebs.
Great voice. Good intonation.
It was hard to turn it off and get back to work.
The key to a good audiobook is not only must the story be good, but the narrator must make you want to keep listening. A bad narrator can destroy a good book, and a good narrator can do wonders for a mediocre book. In this case, we have the rare combination of a pretty good book and an incredibly good narrator. I probably would have liked the book okay if I read it, but not as much as I enjoyed having Ari F. read it to me. The plot of the book was relatively intriguing, and the characters interesting, but it really was the narration that brought it to life. All in all, this was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to so far this year (and I listen to a lot).
Not an epic work but delightful in its intersection of modern technology and magic. The young protagonists are likable and the setting in a bookstore great for us booklovers.
A retirement coach, grandmother and active senior who listens to books while walking daily.
I'm not sure what I enjoyed more....the wonderful character voices of Ari Fliakos or the intrigue of the story. A strange book store hidden away in San Francisco contains secrets and mysteries known to only a few. A chance part-time job leads the main character to question the real purpose of the strange store and armed with his high-tech knowledge and quirky friends, he begins a journey full of puzzles and codes and invention. A little philosophy, some history of the printed word and a dose of the newest and most spectacular computer technology kept my interest all the way to the end. Ari Fliakos is a wizard at creating voice and character - you can easily imagine them all. A fun read!