Honestly it was the variation of characters and how well the narrator portrayed them. Fliakos did an outstanding job in capturing the different characters personas and really creating that world for the listeners. After all listening to this audio book was like "a fuzzy knit cap pulled down over your eyes." (Listen to the book to understand what I mean)
I'm not really sure... As of now, I can't really compare it to anything. It's one in it's own.
He brings a nice energy to this book. I believed all his portrayals of each and every character.
That's a tough one... Could it be a group dinner? If so I would love to sit down and talk with Mr. Penumbra and Clay. If not, then I think I would like to get dinner with Rosemary Lapin. I would like to know a little more about her. To be honest, she cracked me up.
This was a very good book. Maybe it's because I like a lot of what this book is based on, I love books, I've always wanted to work/own a bookstore, the secret society is pretty awesome, I love fantasy, I'm a bit nerdy, I work in IT so I enjoyed the technology side of things... All in all this had a lot of elements that clicked really well together and Sloan did a fantastic job of creating a lighthearted, fun, and exciting adventure.
I would definitely recommend giving this book a shot. It's fun and easy to get into and it's a nice little break from whatever is going on in the world. This is a great audio book if you're looking for a quick escape and fun story.
No. This book tries just a little too hard to show its nerd credentials. The female characters are especially tiresome: the protagonist's relentlessly Manic Pixie Dream Girl in particular. The mystery, such as it is is not all that interesting. And the sucking up to Google is really obvious. Was the author angling for a job there or something?
No, see the answer to this question above.
I actually really liked the beginning of the book -- the slow reveal of what this place was. But the rest was just not that interesting.
Only if the author can muster up something with more heft and substance.
The narrator is pretty good; and it's not that the book itself is awful--it's just mediocre.
Loved this book. Draws on real life in a way that makes this almost like non fiction. Part of me feels like if I get on a plane I can go visit these places and characters. Charming and witty. Mysterious and compelling.
The story is neat with likeable characters. The narration feel slow and blah at times to me. It was a good story to pluck away at over time but not a gripping one.
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.