Laughed out loud several times and was totally won over by this quirky story. Don't be put off with the title, it's a charming book with surprising elements, winning characters, and a plot that keeps you listening long after you need to turn it off.
This is the best book I've listened to all year. Funny and surprising, it had elements of art, science, technology and literature.
While enjoying the story, I kept wondering where it could be going. Google, dragon songs, Ruby, typefaces...how is it all connected?
Ari's performance was great. I loved the way his speech would quicken when Clay was excited, or quiet when he was sneaking around. The voices he used for the other characters were all distinct.
I'd like to have dinner with Kat...at Google. A glimpse into the world that is Google....
This is obviously a story of our time...there's a mention of Fruit Ninja.
The reader does an excellent job with timing and voices. This is a book that is easy to dip in and out of.
The plot is novel and incorporates popular, current technology in examining an ancient text. It reminds me of a less malevolent, less pulpy Dan Brown book.
I have not, but will be on the lookout for more from him. Excellent reader!
Will technology be able to solve an ancient code that holds the promise of immortality?
This was much more complicated that I thought it would be, which made it very entertaining. The characters are complex and the situations were unexpected enough to keep me guessing. All in all, a lot of fun!
This book will definelty get a second listen.
The crafty way they recreated the computerized replica of the library.
Pleasant speaking voice. Easy to know which character is doing the speaking or thinking.
Definetly. Listened in the car, and tucked my kindle in jacket pocket and listened while I shopped for gifts, and groceries.
This books a winner for a mystery lover of Library / bookstore reads.
Robin Sloan's novel Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore was a joy to listen to. I loved that many of the relationships were formed during the span of the book so that I could see them playing out from the beginning. The puzzle that's trying to be solved really keeps the plot moving. I loved the tone of voice of Clay the protagonist.
Ari Fliakos did a wonderful job voicing the whole novel. Excellent performance. Each character had their own tone of voice without sounding cheesy or over played.
It's a story about books and bookstores and young and old and quests and puzzles and tech geeks and friends and typography (yes!) and guys in black robes and more. It's a fun, never-dull listen from start to finish and everybody lives happily ever after in a nice, but not sticky-sweet, way.
I found the mystery intriguing throughout the book.
I loved the juxtaposition of the mysteries lying in an old book store with the innovations happening at Google today. It was a fun and interesting ride.
Yes, already am listening to it again.
Absolutely loved this book. Big mystery fan. There's pageturning mystery here but it's also incredibly well written, well performed and a total delight. Great for SF fans, fascinating portrayal of Google and just a magical experience. Immediately went looking for more by this author, but this is the first. Will have to wait.
I haven't heard this narrator or listened to this author before, but they are both now on my top lists and this book is already in the 'relisten' group. You will not regret it.