I absolutely adored the time I spent listening to this delightfully magical story about people navigating the world of old technology, new technology and the things that endure across all ages. Robin Sloan creates sharply drawn characters with their own unique voices and the narrator does an excellent job of telling a first person story while creating a unique voice for the other characters.
I mostly listen to audio books during my commute through Los Angeles and this story made the time on the road go by quickly and far less stressful. I was almost grateful when I hit a traffic jam as it allowed me more time to spend with the tale, and I arriving home I often found myself sitting in my car listening not wanting to turn off the book.
When I reached the end I was sad is it was over and wanted to start back at Chapter 1 just to stay in the world that Robin Sloan so artfully created and Ari Fliakos's performance brought to life.
He fills the characters with excitement and emotion. He really makes the characters come alive.
There's nothing I like more than hanging out with a few good nerds, and this book is just that. The characters are well imagined, smart, and humorous. While there are parts of the story that are farfetched, I just didn't care. The performance of Ari Fliakos was riveting! It was indeed a performance. This would be a great book for the whole family to listen to on a long car trip.
Overall a decent quest novel that had the characters seeking a long hidden secret. I just felt the stakes never got very high and the novel just cruised along until it ended. I agree with some of the other reviews in that I got tired of hearing about Google. There was at least one instance that compared Google to Standard Oil and alluded to the fact that no company is around forever but short of that, Google seems to have the answer for everything in this novel.
We thoroughly enjoyed this book/reading of"Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour BookStore." It was an intriguing mystery and Clay was a great character. I didn't know what to expect, but I was pleased. Thanks!
If I didn't have a lief to interrupt my listening I would have finished it in one sitting.
This is the first time I listened to this book, but the 3rd time I read it. It's just as fun and exciting as the first read.
This was one brilliant novel that turned into more than just a simple novel. A wonderful story that brings together the old world and the New World, and then has you looking at what's next in a very reflective manner. It's a shame the book had to end, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.