Very much so! Because the best books not only let our imagination fly and join the fun, but they give us gentle truths to take away when they are finished. This book does that in several chapters, and, of course, in the end. What a great mystery!
I stayed up waaaay too late listening. It was well worth the sleep loss. And I'm not telling "how"....you'll have to find out yourself!
He captured just the right tone...a balance of of youth, skepticism, and belief. I can't imagine any Shakespearian actor doing it better.
Mr. P. himself. Oh, that we could all meet someone like this once in our lives!
I look forward to the author's next book!
I would definately recommend this book. I just recommended it to my sister for her book club. It gets a little techy sometimes but I told her not to worry it eventually all makes sence even if you aren't familiar with computer jargen.
I like all the characters. They all had some such original character. If I had to choose a favorite though, it would be Mr, Penumbra. He is so gentle and wise I love how he makes other people feel about themselves.
I listened to it on a road trip. It was fun. It kept you engaged.
I loved this story, historic, fun, whimsical with an old timey bookstore without many patrons run throughout the night. The story leads our hero back and forth from the world of ancient book clubs trying to decipher immortality to Googlers basically trying for the same outcome. There's no bodies but plenty of non-violent thrills. A pleasure to hear.
Robin Sloan has brought a wonderful story to life and it is narrated perfectly in this audio version. I wouldn't change a thing. This one is highly recommended.
Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.
Any book that successfully combines mysterious bookstores, cryptography, a secret society, Google, typefaces, meaningful numbers ($2,357 is brilliant!), and a museum of "Knitting Arts and Embroidery Sciences" gets high praise from me. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is definitely that book. Clay Jannon is an out-of-work art school graduate who finds a job on the night shift in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Mr. Penumbra (a partial shadow, between regions of complete shadow and complete illumination) is interesting in his own right, but his store full of books from the Waybacklist stored on dusty, multi-storied shelves is where curiosity gets the best of Clay and he begins his adventure. He is aided at every turn by his techie acquaintances, but Sloan uses plenty of humor along with the technology so even those of us over thirty get it.
This is a well-told, fun story, one that made me think a bit and I even learned a few things. I learned that Aldus Manutius was a real Italian printer and publisher who helped develop italic type, and the use of the comma and semicolon. I learned that Griffo Gerritszoon is fictional. I also learned that Robin Sloan is a very clever writer who can tell a good story. My only regret is that I listened to this as an audiobook (Sloan does have a cameo on the audio version) and didn't read the hard cover with the glow-in-the-dark dust jacket!
I loved Everything about this book! Wonderful settings, characters with depth & quirkiness, the combination of technology and ancient texts.....
There was a continuous gentle undercurrent of excitement, and occasional suspense.
His voice characterizations were so varied, there was never a doubt 'who' was speaking. He was completely charming, and a fantastic choice for this book. Perfect narration, just perfect.
I could never choose ~ I want to be at a dinner party with ALL of them!! They are all so intriguing and believable. :)
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is just a great story. When the main character Clay finds himself in Mr Penumbra's strange world he embarks on a wonderful journey. He makes friends and solves mysteries with technology and his own sometimes surprising resourcefulness. The narrator is a wonderful fit for the main character and brings the story to life. I would recommend to anyone who just likes to get caught up in the ride of a lighthearted and funny adventure.
Likable slacker narrator, but the premise of an uptight secret fellowship of print loyalists doesn't have enough juice in this telling to keep me going. This book felt fatally thin.
Maybe it is me but I am an avid reader and audio listener and didn't really find this story compelling or interesting. Most of the stories I choose to read,I really enjoy. Not this time. I like to complete what I begin but was not looking forward to listening to this story in the least. The narrator was fine. It was really the substance of the book!
Never heard him before.
The strange mix of fictional corporations, historical characters, and fonts with bizarrely overwhelming mentions of GOOGLE GOOGLE GOOGLE annoyed me. Leveraging all of Google's power was a quick way to illustrate some of the efforts, but lauding their cafeteria, management structure and general nerd culture to the degree and pages he devoted to it was unnecessary. The resolution also angered me for reasons I can not describe without "spoilers".
The characters, other than his caricature of a "quirky nerd girl" girlfriend, were likeable. The mystery wasn't really that mysterious, but the natural way the story was told made it feel more friendly and enjoyable.
He does an excellent old man voice.
It could be properly Wes Anderson-ed up to be enjoyable, but it would really depend on the director.