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.
The narrator, Ari Fliakos, was fantastic. I loved his voice and his enthusiasm as he narrated this fun fantasy about the goings on in a mysterious little bookshop in San Francisco. It a combination of nerdiness and gothic mystery with a sweetness that I found delightful.
Reading and knitting go together
This is one of the most charming books I've read in the past year.
Mr. Penumbra is weird and kind.
I'm pretty sure I actually laughed out loud several times, which is a big deal. (I can thank both the author and the narrator for this.) The story is fun, well-written, and refreshing. Overall, the book's tone is light, but it raises some interesting questions about technology, books, and mortality, which I think adds a lot to the story.
The narrator, as I already mentioned, really did add to my experience of story. Ari Fliakos truly put on a performance, complete with different voices for the various characters. All of the voices seemed to fit the characters, too, which is important. Definitely recommend!
It was refreshingly up to date with modern technologies and it was pleasant that the author didn't try to obscure the involved companies. Lots of fun.
Two worlds existing at the same time. An ancient odd bookshop and the tech world of Google. The customers of the bookstore are mysterious; who are they and why do they want the books from the back? There is a mystery to be solved and Google employees are quickly trying to solve the problem with high tech to protect Mr. Penumberbra and preserve his bookstore. I enjoyed the characters and the creative story. College students digging deep to discover an ancient secret.
If you want to fun book to listen to, but don't want to have to really listen hard in case you miss a detail then this is the book for you!
Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore started off a little slow but then picked up momentum. It has all the elements you could ever want in a book but on a smaller scale...mystery, poking fun of yourself and other people, making fun of the big man-" Google", A little bit a thrill and a little bit of Da Vinci Code, all rolled into one.
The narration was fine. Nothing really to complain about. The story was clearly where it lacked.
Google. I like Google, I use it every day. They've made some great products, it's true. I just felt like I was watching (listening) to "The Internship" all over again. It got to where I was rolling my eyes every time the word 'Google' was mentioned, and since I listen in the car and I was rolling them so often, I began to fear for my safety.
I called the so-called 'mystery' pretty early on in the book and the relationships were pretty weak, so there wasn't much to compel me to continue listening. Sorry, Robin. Not my cup of tea.