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...
I thought the review misleading. As the story unfolded it became clear this was aimed at an adolescent/ teenage boy market. Pretty trite stuff. I couldn't finish it, but I think my young computer geek nephews may enjoy it.
Just don't think it my cup of tea. Would help if the review let on the targeted audience. Nothing wrong with Sloans writing.
disappointment, think I was expecting something deliciously quirky and engaging.
I like fiction, sci-fi, fantasy and magic-realism.
This book gets a solid three stars- which is a great review from me, because I have to really love a book to give it 5, which means that most of the books I really like receive 4 stars, and everything else is 3. Unless it's real bad.
The story was unique, although a few things seemed unbelievable, such as the fact that the narrator's job in the 24-hr Bookstore required him to work the night shift EVERY night of the week....Who does that, willingly?
Anyway, the characters were interesting and quirky, and I enjoyed the performance.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy and has recently struggled to find a job. It makes them want to keep trying, and maybe they'll get really lucky and work for Mr. Penumbra.
He sounds a lot like the main character probably sounds, but channeled Keenu Reeves too much for the friend.
I was pretty into the character Cat, I'd want to date her too.
Interesting to hear the critique of audio books in an audio book.
Fun mystery wtih an uplifting ending.This story has interesting and investable characters that I enjoyed.
There is just something about this book. It has a certain charm. What Ready Player One is for gamer and movie buffs, this is for the book loving set. It's written well, but the narration really brings it to life. I've never listened to Ari Flaikos before, but I will look to see what else he's narrated.
A bit of mystery to try to figure out, thought provoking, but also confusing. There was enough mystery and suspense to keep me interested until the end. I just didn't understand all of it. When the book ended, I kept wondering,..well, what was the point of this? Or, why were they all doing that? Or, what was so important and urgent about all of the work being done? What was the point of recording the details of the consumers? Did I miss a lot of explanation somewhere? If I had been reading this on paper, I would have wondered if the publisher forgot to print a few chapters. It was not boring and it kept me entertained during long hours while creeping along on icy,treacherous roads. I may do a re-listen later to try to get more out of it. I'd recommend it.
Some clever ideas, a very modern setting with an ancient mysterious flavour, a plot that could have been written (and maybe was written) for a good movie.
Very readable, witty, curious, it just lacks that deepness and clarity that only the truly great writers possess.
Forget the Murakami comparison, and enjoy what the book can give.
Awesome book. Maybe the best books I've listened to all year. I was pleasantly surprised at both the quality of the writing and the near-perfect match of a narrator. Choosing this book was a complete shot in the dark, and I feel like I really lucked out.
I found myself completely engrossed in the story and loving all the current-day references to companies and technology woven into the fantasy. I'd love to read more my Robin Sloan - he has a whimsical and engaging style of writing that I found entirely refreshing and fun.