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.
It's rare that I find a book this enjoyable. Quirky, yet believable, characters at the leading edge of today intersect with yesterday's kindle, i.e. the printing press. . I don't want to delve into the story and give away any spoilers, if you're excited by technology, and a fan of the written word, enjoy a bit of a quest without the blood sports, then this is your book.
The reader was also excellent.
I think I had a grin on my face, not to mention a few laugh out loud moments, throughout the story. Once again, loved it!
Photo is of my portuguese water dog, Sheila!
i would recommend this book, although as a fun read, nothing more (and there's nothing wrong with a fun read!). the narration was so-so. i was left with the feeling that the author did not do as much as he or she could have with such a clever idea.
This book draws you in with the mystery of what is happening and then hooks you with the uncomfortable feeling of doing something you are not supposed to.
The story starts of pulling you in because you want to understand more. But what I enjoyed was being pulled along with a peppering of getting caught doing something you know you shouldn't but you can't help yourself.
As a techie I did like the spattering of Google references, fact or fiction it didn't matter there was still a feeling of the contemporary.
There were shadows of the Da Vinci Code but nonetheless, thoroughly enjoyable.
i like to read. i like to listen.
awesome. perfect. amazing.
the google part. the part where clay snuck into the basement. the first time he met kat. ok. thats three.
clay. i found ari fliakos' voice fit the part of clay so perfectly.oh and mr. penumbra of course.
i laughed a few times. but more often i just found myself smiling.
i think that this is a perfect book. i think there is something for everyone in this book. it's brainy but not pretentious, magical without magic, mysterious, thrilling...it's just great.
An important reason - narration is perfect!
It is a fun story. Intriguing, current and pleasant. I love those rare stories without violence, cruelty and bad guys.
I did my best to ignore author's, sometimes embarrassing, infatuation with Google. I assume it was there to make a point but it was at times uncomfortable to listen to (Googlers are so smart... they can do anything... they are the rulers of the world...). But when taken with a smile it did not diminish my enjoyment of the book.
Don't expect any brilliant conclusions or earth shuttering truths - it is just an intelligent book to read.
,Mr Prenumbra's is a well written and engaging story with just enough of the right elements/
A memorable scene was when Clay enters the book store for the first time looking for a job.
My favorite scene was when the Googlers and the book cult people were at Google campus trying to crack the code.
I would rename it Dan Brown's should write this well.