A retirement coach, grandmother and active senior who listens to books while walking daily.
I'm not sure what I enjoyed more....the wonderful character voices of Ari Fliakos or the intrigue of the story. A strange book store hidden away in San Francisco contains secrets and mysteries known to only a few. A chance part-time job leads the main character to question the real purpose of the strange store and armed with his high-tech knowledge and quirky friends, he begins a journey full of puzzles and codes and invention. A little philosophy, some history of the printed word and a dose of the newest and most spectacular computer technology kept my interest all the way to the end. Ari Fliakos is a wizard at creating voice and character - you can easily imagine them all. A fun read!
I am immortal ....so far. I enjoy a god story and love a great narrator. :-)
I chose this book based on the editors picks and loved it, The story was so odd and entertaining, god bless the googlers! Narrated to perfection and a WONDERFUL listen.
Semi-fantastic, sci-fi, magical realism, this novel was well-paced & the characters were believable. Enjoyed the silicon valley references & insights, particularly. The plot was
intriguing & attention-getting, with great care paid to details on every level. Some of
it was a little too far-fetched & not being a teenage male, the dragon-slayer motifs
were lost on me. However, it was quite enjoyable & obviously a labor of love.
Excellent characterizations & distinct voices made it easy to listen to.
Enjoy sci-fi, cozy mysteries, WWII stories and listening to Audible while in the car
This definitely feels like the story of someone you know - or a potential way my own life could have gone! And all his friends could be my friends. So for me, I definitely felt a strong connection to this story.
The narrator was PERFECT for the book's modern dialogue. He pulls off every line just as you would say it in your own head. I loved the modern connections to Google, etc.
When I finished this book, I picked up Robin Sloane's other novel (his first, Annabel Scheme) and read that. Not as long and well-developed, but definitely a neat idea. More sci-fi, but again, that great modern setting.
I definitely look forward to Sloane's future writings. And I need to look up the narrator's other projects as well!
D.C. Moll, L.Ac.
Mr. P's 24 is one of my favorites. The narrator is perfect for the tale.
I like all the geeky type style and book references.
Very exciting plot. Narrator did a very good job of leading us on a mini mystery
The descriptioin of some of the characters.
There were a few parts that made me laugh.
Good solid book, fun ride, unexpected ending!
I would try another book from this author. The storyline kept me interested and struck a nice balance between Sci-Fi, Mystery and Current Pop-Culture.
Narrator did a good job including changing his voice for different characters.
Although it was a pleasure read the book did give me some ideas to explore at my place of employment related to 3D Layouts.
Quick and easy to follow. I would recommend to anyone age 9-79.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. The story itself flows and is modern and unpretentious, engaging and layered. The author manages to weave in new technology and characters, with a fun sense of mystery and a good pace, along with ancient mystery. It has been a while since I've had this much fun reading/listening to a book. And I can't put it down - only when I have to, for sleep, or at work where it would be impossible to do my job with headphones on; I drive with it, exercise with it, answer emails with it, even type in edits on my own book listening to it.
The narrator is really good, as well. I enjoy the voice, and the characters are distinguishable and clear and consistent. A joy to listen to - and I'm currently looking at other books read by this person.
I've purchased a print copy of this book for one friend, a digital copy for another friend, and will buy a gift of audiobook for another friend.
Eric M. Witchey
I didn't want to finish Mr. Penumbra’s Twenty-Four Hour Book Store by Cherie Priest. I simply liked being in the story. As a sometimes fantasy writer, I especially like how a series of fantasy dragon novels worked their way into the experience. I liked the way she developed the parallel between the 15th century culture of printing and the modern internet revolution. That, I must say, was brilliant and well worth the price and time. I also loved the role of Google and the way she portrayed the people at Google. Since a large part of my life has been spent in high-tech, and because I write fiction, I have often wondered how to use the experience of cube farms as a part of my fiction. It has always stumped me, but I think she did it with honesty and flair. Finally, I loved—absolutely loved—the character Mr. Penumbra and how his bit of the ending played out.
The performance is great and just kept me listening. The story is is like so many sword and sourcery books transformed into todays worlds.
Just a great story. An amazing first novel.