I enjoyed listening to this book, and sometimes reading along on my kindle. I had no idea which direction this book would take and I enjoyed that. It was fun to watch it unfold.
I agree with the reviews that say you have to listen to Ari Fliakos read this little book to get the full effect. It is a charming code-cracking, secret society busting mystery set in San Francisco. It is a juxtaposition of computers and books, e-readers and ancient tomes. Our hero is a failed computer nerd surrounded by a bevy of successful friends when he chances upon a job at a tiny bookstore. He chances upon a deep secret among the dusty volumes and strange characters that fill the shelves and aisles of the narrow store.
Robin Sloan's book is a loving wink at gamers, fantasy book lovers, computer whizzes and collectors of esoterica. For all of us and everyone else, it is well worth a listen.
Reader, writer, teacher, consultant. I read mostly Young Adult and Genre Fiction, especially with a mix of literary style and commercial pacing.
I have recommended it to many people already. It is charming and funny and so clever. I love all the little pop culture references and the pacing of the book. It's engaging and never boring and is so different and unique that you can't help but love it.
That's really difficult... of course I love Clay and Penumbra and Kat, but I have to say that I really loved Neel too. He's my favorite... probably.
The scene in the reading room when Clay is all alone.
The amphitheater scene at Google. Heart. Broken.
Give this book a chance even if it sounds like it's not your thing. It's so smart and fun and different, it will charm you and win you over.
Yes as I'd like to learn more about Google and their business model. From information that I've read about Google recently, I think most of the Google business environment in this book is factual. Going into the cafeteria at Google and imagining what I'd order was something I shared with a number of people.
This isn't really an action book, but I definitely was looking to put on the book every time I got into the car! The reader used his voice well for crescendo.
The voices especially of the members of the society were excellent as well as Penumbra himself. I don't think I would have gotten this from just reading the book.
The moment when all Google resources were turned on the book to try to translate it. This was a section that was built up well with excitement and I definitely got caught up in the fun.
The book was funny and I actually laughed out loud in a number of sections.
It is a light easy read, with a great storyline character development, and leaves you wishing you had the next book ready to delve into. The only thing wrong with this author is that she isn't writing fast enough. Come one girl, get out the next book! We are waiting.
The Prequel was also great. There is nothing I have read that quite compares to these books. She has a style of her own!
Good narration. No Favorites
Adventure Among the Tomes!
I have about 300 audible books and this is the first I felt I had to write a review for! I loved this book and hated to have it end.
Yes, it was a great story - one of those where you continue to question if this is really happening somewhere in the world...
Mr. Penumbra for sure
This is a great read/listen that I would definitely suggest for someone looking for a lighthearted story. People who love books, art, typography, secret societies, adventure and/or friendship should find something enjoyable in this work!
When you think you share traits with a protagonist you know a book is doing it's job well.
Doctorow nowness mixed with Young adult fiction make for a strange mix.
You can smell the pure research that has gone into this and despite the cringe worthy fantasy references, the authenticity of ideas and timing of events is fast enough to blur the rough edges.
The narrator is spot on, voicing a middle aged southern woman and young sexy coder with equal ease.
Inside the book store and at Google
It would be fun but I can't imagine it.
A great yarn
The scanning of the codex vitae
He voices nicely
Not that I can think of. I liked it so much tht I sent a copy to my wierd brother-in-law
I would rank this book up at or near the top of my list of favorite audiobooks. It is fun, easy, enjoyable book brought to life with great narration
I'm not going to divulge details of the book, but the dialogue and even the inner-dialog were imaginative and well-narrated.
It was great. It was an animated reading that was as memorable, or almost as memorable, as the Potter series, which is high praise to me.
Hard to say. There were several.
This book defies easy explanation, but I highly recommend that you download it.