I almost did not get this book because of many reviewers comments that it was 'written for geeks' and Dungeons & Dragons players. I am a 50 year old woman who has average technology knowledge and only Harry Potter as info on spells. Nonetheless, I LOVED this book! I'm sure I missed a few cultural or tech references, but the story is self explanatory and well written so I was never lost or confused. The narrator does a great job with the characters, creating distinct, appropriate voices for each.
This book definitely offers more than I thought it would. It's a cute, light read with a somewhat cheesy message. I could forgive some of it's more cliche moments, though because it was so fun to read.
If I had to do it over, I would read the actual paper book, not listen to it. The narrator was awful. He kept reading it as if it was written in all caps or with exclamation marks.
But if you can get past the narrator's insistent voice, it's a great little story with a lot more than meets the eye.
(Just like Penumbra's bookstore....)
The story is one of the most intriguing stories I've read/listened to in a long time.
Ari Fliakos was the first thing that I really loved about this audio book. His voice fit the main character perfectly. And he did great voices for all of the other characters as well.
I definitely recommend this book or audio book to anyone and everyone!
Great story...intriguing from the very beginning. The narration by Fliakos is terrific! I can not imagine anyone doing it better! His tone, inflections, accents for different characters, and overall approach to reading this book is perfect. I love the story and found myself smiling many times while listening, as I "met" new characters and enjoyed the references to Google, code, and of course, books. I am on my second listen....and I very rarely listen to the same book twice. I must say I am enjoying it just as much the second time around. I have recommended this book to many people. It is special.
The story was a lovely and wonderful tale. It was very original and yet very sweet. The narrator nailed the tone of the book perfectly.
I wanted to find out what was going on and looked forward to listening whenever I could.
He had the perfect voice for the story. It was a first person tale told from a young man's perspective. Mr. Fliakos nailed it and I enjoyed the book even more because of his narration.
This was an unexpected and wonderful book. I don't think I ever would have read it but, it was a book club selection. I like it so much, I am going to suggest it for my other book club as well.
the story feels like it was made yesterday, so current, yet such depth in the plot is amazing and I love all the characters and the sense of humor.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
I did not read the print version but certainly will and I am sure I will love it as much as the audio-book version.
The narrator is so charming, so committed to real books, real people, real mysteries (both with a capital M and otherwise) and the value of real friends that I find him utterly compelling.
I have never heard Mr. Fliakos but will certainly put him on my list of favorite readers. He has a very natural delivery and is extremely easy to listen to. He is also very good at becoming other characters without being gimmicky in doing so.
Mr. Penumbra certainly but his bookstore is a character in and of itself. I can close my eyes and see it so clearly. It has a life of its own as do the characters who inhabit it. It is so integral to the story that it is indeed a character.
This book was on my wish list for over a year. I am so glad I moved it from there to my library. This is a book for people who love books of every type - ebooks, real paper books, audio books and whatever will be coming in the future of the written word. Don't wait a minute to get this book and prepare to be charmed, mesmerized, perplexed and in the end warmed by the true message in The Codex. I won't tell you what that is because I know you will love the unveiling of the answer because you are indeed a lover of books.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this while commuting. I don't usually like fantasy but that element was very limited and instead this book was a good old fashioned quest story, complete with oddball characters, a somewhat ill defined nemesis, and a love interest (although that was kept to a minimum). Sure parts of the story require a little suspension of belief, but it was all in keeping with the fantasy genre.
Harry Potter meets Da Vinci's code. Books, e-readers, a secret society in a quest and digital technology get together in this fun, enjoyable mystery. And everything started at the mysterious 24 hours bookstore. The story grabbed me from the first line, and just wanted to know what will happen next.
The narrator deserves 10 stars. Wonderful!
It was defiantly an original story line!
Yes! I love "quest" type mysteries. It's like a lighter Dan Brown type mystery without the blood shed!
It was humorous in many places! The main character is such a normal guy, you cent help but love him!