This book was so well narrated and written I really did not want it to end. but oh what an ending. Get all of your friends to read it or else you will bore them by just going on nad on talking about this book.
The ending is great. The epilogue specifically.
They were all fantastic. But the inner monologue of the main character as he navigates unemployment, love and the adventure before him is especially great.
I prefer a series for traveling; one that is fun, entertaining, and clever to the point of distraction.
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.
Quirky, fun, contemporary
A comic mixture of secret societies, interesting and odd characters, fun twists and turns.
Simply delightful. If you like eccentric characters, lots of giggles, and unpredictable plots, you will enjoy this book.
Magical, funny, interesting.
Clay's sense of humor made him my favorite character.
I loved the way Ari read this story. The different voices were entertaining. But the rhythm he used to read the story really held my attention.
I laughed out loud.
I don't read or listen to much fantasy or sci fi, but this was an awesome book. I chose it because Ari Fliakos was the narrator and am so glad that I did. Every character was a treat.
I thought I would listen to this based on the reviews and I was not disappointed. In fact I was pleasantly surprised. The story has enough suspense to keep you wanting to hear more. The story is a good combination of past and present and sends a nice message without being too obvious. I would definitely listen to another of Robin Sloan's works.
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!
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
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.