Retired economics professor in love with Great Courses. Am on my 24th and looking forward to next.
I liked his descriptions of people. He broought them to life. I liked the discussions of current technology. I'm an amature tech person even though I'm nearer 80 than 70. Can Google really do all that stuff? AND driverless cars. It's a new world.
I was a journalism major a half century ago. I once worked in a newspaper with a flatbed press. I have hand set type. The author brings together the publishing world of the 16th century and the 21st century in a fun way,.
There are different voices for different characters. Great fun.
There were lots of moments that I just had to hear the next chapter.
I rarely listen to fiction-except very old classics. I bumbled into this one--it was probably one of those two for one sales, And I loved it. I have recommended it to several people, I was so taken in that I Googled the name of a company that turned out to be part of the author's fantasy. Apparently a lot of the readers did just what I did. The author drew me into his created world and convinced me it was real.
Both the story's fictional narrator and the actual audio narrator are what make this story so enjoyable for me. Clay's life observations of a tech nerd's jobless experience in the uber successful tech mecca of San Francisco were laugh aloud funny as presented by the Ari Fliakos. His dry comedic beats are perfect. He is funny because he is not trying to be.
The mysterious story...I did not enjoy quite as much. It's interesting enough, but I felt plot points consistently arrived rather late. I may not have finished if I hadn't liked the main characters observations so much.
Reader, reviewer, blogger
I only wish I had listened to this book sooner. It's a delightful story, read by a great talent. Highly recommended for those who love books AND computers.
A thoroughly enjoyable production: narration, direction, production value, and the story. Definitely fun, thought provoking, adventurous, light, maybe a tiny dash of too-perfect-plot but I certainly haven't written a book, so why not just enjoy ? It was a perfect read for after the incredibly sad, "The Worst Hard Time."
meaningful (?) reads.
Today is Jan 24 so Happy National Readathon Day!
Yes I would. It was such fun listening to it because the characters were interesting. The Juxtaposition of the 500 year old puzzle with current puzzle solving abilities was a very interesting way to intrigue me. The current dilemma between books and technology remains unsolced..
Clay Jannon is my favorite character because he is constantly seeking out answers some of which are the current battle between digitized material or physical books. In order to get answers he gathers a team around him who each has specific skills to help him find answers. It's funny and thought provoking at the same time.
The trips around the Google campus were wonderful. The Templar reading room way down beneath NYC was awesome. Hard to say which is my favorite.
Without giving a spoiler the relationship between Clay and Kat clearly depicts the friendship and love and relationship intricacies.
I had to keep reading and reading due to the suspenseful and fast paced dialogue.
Say something about yourself!
Your credit will be well spent on this story. Would be good for YA as well.
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
What an inventive author! It had mysteries and puzzles, a litte romance, a quest, and fascinating perspectives on old people who love books and the Google generation. I thoroughly enjoyed this slim novel and will read more of Sloan's books.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I was interested that it gave a different insight in the search for eternal life and how to achieve it. The characters had good development during the story. The secondary characters had their place that completed the plot. I enjoyed Ari Fliakos' reading. His young/old voice complimented the main character very well. The author is now on my list for future purchases.