Listening to a different book? The narrator was appropriate for the tone of the book, but I found the voices of the other characters jarring. Especially Mr. Penumbra... Is he supposed to sound English?
Never say never, but unlikely.
The narrator's voice was fine for the main character (the book is in the first person; not my favorite format), but all of the other voices seemed very off to me. The voices of all the other characters sound like a caricature voice. But then, most of the characters in the book are also fairly flat caricatures, so it's hard to blame this on just the performance.
The premise of the book sounded exciting and I think for younger age groups (10-14) this would be a great read of listen. But for an adult it falls pretty flat, even as a fluff read.
Did Google pay Robin Sloan to write this book? That's how it reads. I think this book is unfortunately going to age very quickly because of it's overuse of contemporary branded technology. It also relies heavily on stereotypes and caricatures - both of people (super techy "Googlites", eccentric old academics, put-together PR professionals) and of places (San Francisco is described as the laid-back yet super innovative "Venice of our day" while the main villain is a cold-hearted New Yorker - who even REFERS to himself as a cynical New York businessman) to an extent that I find tiresome. If I had been reading this book rather than listening to it, I don't think I could have finished it. Even listening, I struggled to make it through this book.
a better story with more of an adult bent
not anything that reeks of young adult!
He's a good narrator -- that was not the problem
This was one of those times when the narrator was seemingly hand picked for the book. It was such a pleasant and fun listening experience.
A very interesting adventure for those of us who love books. A mystery with a creative mixture of current technology and precious dusty old archives. An entertaining story with an anti-climatic ending, but still worth the journey.
I'm what some folks call, "extremely average."
Even though at times I itched for the reader to get on with it already, Ari Fliakos kept the perfect pace for Penumbra. Half way through I still didn't know what the book was about but I was enjoying the story as it unraveled at it's own pace. Penumbra was well written, and well told.
Good book for a teenager maybe, but not compelling as an adult fiction read.
I liked the performance generally.
I'm afraid I could see it as a move or tv series. That's probably why I don't like it.
I really did some of the ideas and it was very funny at times. I love the idea of an evil empire that sells fonts.
If you're in the mood for super serious, this isn't it. This mystery is for those who like code-breaking and fun. The content is engaging without turning silly, yet brings out very human concerns without being soppy.
While the reader is aware that some elements of the book are unlikely, it's a sort of science fiction that still seems realistic in a magical way.
Filakos' rendition of the book feels like he's telling me the whole story in person, and that I am really there in the bookshop, at the Google campus, in the museum vaults.
I don't have a lot of time to listen to books, so I usually listen while driving my car to and from work, but this one was so entertaining I kept listening long after getting home from work...not good from a homework standpoint!
Not sure I understand all the hype surrounding this book. Other than presenting an overview of Google's organizational talents, it really is kind of a limp tale. I suppose it will appeal to young technocrates and those who like bibliocentric mysteries. Think of it as The Club Dumas Very Light. Perhaps it belongs on the Young Adult shelf. Despite the text, Ari Fliakos does a good solid reading.
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
I liked the narration which is why I stuck with it but this book has left me wondering...huh? Make sure you are into techy type talk before downloading this book. It's sort of tech meets sci-fi meets indie. I liked the first half of the book but it jumped the shark mid-way and lost me.
This book, with its captivating title, gave me hope of a piece of fiction that tells a untold tale and creates a world within this book. It does not quite live up to that expectation though...
First of there is a huge issue with a book set in the near future, promising a different world, and then in fact is not really much different than today's world... Then add in descriptions of technology that is supposed to be revelations, that in fact are already among us, without adding anything futuristic to the equation...
When that pill is swallowed the story is really good, but the execution not. There is simply lacking detail, mystery and character depth. It is to shallow, just waiting to be picked up and movietized, sigh.
But in all, I enjoyed my 8 hours listen, although I kept hoping for more, all the way through...