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!
Ari Fliakos did a great job! I loved listening to him!
I loved how he read this story and his voice helped me visual the characters. He really brought them to life for me!
I would take Mr. Penumbra out to dinner so I could just listen to him tell me everything there is to know about life and how to live life it to the fulliest.
I recommend this book to all of my friends. It is such a wonderful read. And I tell them to subscribe to Audible.com just for Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore.
I would listen to this book again. It is loads of fun and very well read. It's almost like living through a Harry Potter tale.
A memorable moment was the Google force devoting 100% of its computer power to lend a hand.
His voice and his excitement made it seem as though these adventures were really happening. He brought Clay to life.
Clay was the most memorable character. He's an average guy who made a difference in the world of his friends.
This was a great book. I loved it!
The performance was great. The characters were well enough developed to give them depth, but not so well developed to prevent imagination.
Mr. Penumbra. He was an innocent who had dreams. They did not always work out, but he kept dreaming.
When clay was hiding in the reading room.
Corvina - He was not really a villian although that was his role. He cared for Penumbre as much as for the Society
The book started out slow, but soon became something I couldn't wait to get back to.
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I always enjoy books about books. This involves books, technology (mostly Google), very old people and young adults, two benign loves, and a mystery that draws all of them together. It is an enjoyable listen with a good pace.
This is an imaginative piece of fiction, but definitely not for adrenaline junkies or romantics.
I agree with other reviewers that this could/should be in the YA category.
Ari Fliakos is an appropriate narrator for an unusual book.
The story took a normal day and showed you what mystery could be around any corner for any one.
Mr. Penumbra's own innocence and his total commitment made him a treat to hear.
Never heard him before but I liked his style.
I loved it. The book was able to link to my inner geek. Adventure, Friendships and love stories yet it never got boring and you were kept guessing the whole way through.
I love history & old railroad artifacts. This is a picture of a brakeman lantern stamped L.T.R&T.Co Lake Tahoe Railway & Transportation Co
Haven't read the book, but, the narrator is really good. He has quite a variety of voices and inflections, and doesn't miss a beat between the characters. Ari Fliakos is wonderful!
Absolutely kept me on the edge of my seat. I created alot of possible scenarios to explain the strange and compelling story of the search for some thing.... some knowledge.... some reason for the long history created and described so well by Robin Sloan. Sloan is attentive to intriguing details while maintaining a story line that weaves back and forth between her very interesting characters and their plans/interactions.
Hmmmm..... way too hard to decide without listening again.
Plan to share this one with my two teens and my mother :)
Wish Dragon Songs was really a book that existed!
After slogging through several non-fiction books dealing with war, torture, and the like, I was relieved to find this light-hearted book that combines a mystery/puzzler sort of book that combines history, computers, friendship and, of course, books.
The solving of the puzzle, of course.
A credible job doing the numerous voices.
I listened to this book over three days, including stretches on the treadmill and during lunch at my desk.
This is a book lover's ultimate treasure hunt (and a secret love letter to Google).
I ended up taking this on a seven hour drive and took the long way to finish it in one sitting. Very gripping (if not particularly literary) story.