a decent story with some fairly interesting characters. some funny moments and like maybe 2 exciting moments but that's about it. liked the whole idea and setting but didn't seem MAGICAL enough. just never really hit the mark for me.
Great book where old meets new. the narrator is easy to listen to and the story keeps you thinking. But, I'm pretty sure if I weren't a graphic designer myself I wouldn't understand half the tech terms thrown around in this book. It was a good read but I found myself zoning out alot as the narrator went on explaining all the tools he used on the books.
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I'm glad that I chose to listen to this book as opposed to reading it. Ari Fliakos' narration was enjoyable--and the story was really fun. I know this is one I'll be listening to again.
Actual score 3.5. I couldn't help but be charmed by the character of Mr. Penumbra and his tall, tall bookstore, but the technology angle wasn't my favorite. Although, I did appreciate the idea that the "old" and the "new" should co-exist and do, ultimately, complement each other.
a bit complicated at times but a great modern quest story with quirky characters and a good reader
Delightful story - magical, entertaining, well-crafted, with fun twists and turns bringing together the best of antiquities and modern tech-fueled innovations. The reader's delivery is flawless and makes the story come to life.
Really enjoyed this quirky little story and even have my teenagers reading it now. It's witty and informative and even nostalgic. It has so many elements in it- and something for everyone. The narrator really made it worthwhile for me- his voice has just the right tone for each different character he presents. And I Iike the author's epilogue at the end, which sums up the answers to "what next?"
A story of mystery for the young and old. From the depths of time to present day technology, this story keeps you immersed in a world of the imagination.