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...
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.
I looked forward to reading a mystery based on literature, but it turned out to be only about video games. If you are an immature video game enthusiast, maybe you will think it is cool. Otherwise, you will be disappointed.
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.