Literary DaVinci Code
The plot was interesting, and I loved the fact that it was set in a bookstore. I'm also a sucker for anything involving a secret society-- the weirder, the better. However, the book quickly strayed from the bookstore setting, which was disappointing. I wanted more of the mystery to be about the books and place itself.
I loved the build-up to the secret about the books. It's not any scene in particular, but I felt like the entire beginning of the book was really the best part. But then again, I love suspense.
I really enjoyed the bulk of the book, although I found the ending a bit cheesy and trite. I also grew weary of the portrayal of the female character. She seemed very one-note, and while she was smart, she was precocious in an off-putting way. As the only female lead, I wanted her to be dynamic like her male counterparts.
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.
I always find it hard to write a review for a book I really loved because I can't find the right words to describe my listening experience, but suffice it to say I really enjoyed this book and I have already suggested it to a friend.
Some of the reviews warned that this book was a little too "tech-y" but I didn't think it was beyond anyone's comprehension. When it came down to things like that I didn't try to understand every little piece but instead simply let myself be amazed by what we can do with technology now.
At heart, this is a fun novel about an adventure to uncover the secrets of an ages-old underground society. This was definitely the fastest I ever listened to an audiobook because I couldn't wait to hear how it ended. I was pleasantly surprised by Ari Fliakos. I didn't think I was going to like his narration that much, but I think his range of voices was fantastic and I would never hesitate to buy a book narrated by him.
Who wouldn't love a book with all of their favorite things, all in one lovely audible book with a decent reader? I found it in Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore! What luck!! Conspiracies, secret codes, the search for meaning, bookstores and reading rooms, logos and branding and fonts, San Francisco, strange friendships and alliances with unlikely characters...enjoyable from cover to cover.
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.
A fantastic story filled with warm eccentric characters that held my attention from beginning to end. No rewinding on this one. I couldn't wait to get home from work to listen. The narration absolutely perfect. I hope there is a sequel!
Mr. Penumbra himself.
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Adds desperation and he delivers the irony perfectly!
when is a bookstore just a bookstore?
Slow and boring. I could not keep my attention on the story. I finally decided that I did not have to torture myself and finish it.
Too much detail about computers and the workings of such that slowed the story down and confused me.
I got as far as the description of the software program that replicates boobs and I decided that I had had it and I quit. Was this book written for 13-year old computer geeks?
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.
I loved this book. From the very moment Clay Jannon walks into the 24 hour bookstore, trying to just find a job during hard times, until the final paragraph, Robin Sloan delivers a mesmerizing tale that takes the reader from the halls of Google to the halls of a secret society. The contrast between the Google-world and the somewhat cultish Book-world brings an aura to this book I"ve never experienced elsewhere. Whether you like modern day adventure/mystery, fantasy, historical settings, or love stories, there is a little something here for you. The book is at the same time witty and intelligent, mysterious and transparent. Clay Jannon is the kind of guy you'd love to invite to a party...no wonder he can call on so many friends to solve the mysteries he encounters. I have been telling all my friends, you must read this book for the sheer joy of it.