Penumbra is good clean fun that got a little repetitious with all those Google references. Other reviews mention the geekiness of the book but there is nothing so technical that an engaged listener would find too complicated. The characters are fun and quirky. The concept is definitely fun and quirky. The really neat stuff actually happens offline. Definitely worth a fun and easy listen. But sometimes I felt like I was listening to the audio book version of the Internship movie starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson because the author mentions Google-this and Google-that a lot.
Had no expectations. My son-in-law put it on my IPod. It was interesting, carried me right along, and was a fun listen. The narrator was excellent. Don't know how authentic or realistic the parts about Google world were, but a fun look into the possibilities.
I usually don't write reviews but this book was a lovely surprise. Started just a wee slow but then the characters and story came about. The story was a engaging and thought provoking at times. Nice characters and intriguing little mystery
It was an okay book with a combination of the surreal and structured electronic world. Interesting topic and the plot went downhill as the characters were too spread out and none really developed any depth. Somehow Google and Immortality and cult were in a the same sentence. Also, the leading female character sucks....
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I consumed this (audio)book in less than 72 hours. It's intriguing, smart, fantastical, and entertaining all at once. I got a little teary-eyed at the end. It's not quite "bigger than Potter" to this listener/reader, but it's up there. I only wish there were 6 more to accompany it. Highly recommend.
I am 63. This story is able to weave together lively characters ranging from oldsters like me to dungeon and dragon, Google Twitter, kale juice/arugula salad modern types into a common cause solving a mystery. It will capture your interest and make you want to sit in your car just to keep listening. Satisfying ending. A GOOD listen.
This is a surprisingly good story, written well with superb narration. I particularly enjoyed how contemporary Google is brought into the storyline of a 500 year old book cult.