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.
Imagine a bookstore clerk who only ever retrieves books from the "way back" list and a girl who is a Google prodigy. Add in a little mystery of books and a secret society and you get a glimpse into the strangest world imaginable...Mr. Penumbra's. old knowledge meets new knowledge in this funny, intriguing and down-right odd story. Narrator is great and worth the credit.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I downloaded this book, but it really pulled me in and I ended up liking it a lot. It starts a bit slow, but the characters were quirky and loveable, the plot diverting enough that it wasn't easy to guess where it was going, and the ending was satisfying.
This was one of those times when the narrator was seemingly hand picked for the book. It was such a pleasant and fun listening experience.
A very interesting adventure for those of us who love books. A mystery with a creative mixture of current technology and precious dusty old archives. An entertaining story with an anti-climatic ending, but still worth the journey.
I'm what some folks call, "extremely average."
Even though at times I itched for the reader to get on with it already, Ari Fliakos kept the perfect pace for Penumbra. Half way through I still didn't know what the book was about but I was enjoying the story as it unraveled at it's own pace. Penumbra was well written, and well told.
If you're in the mood for super serious, this isn't it. This mystery is for those who like code-breaking and fun. The content is engaging without turning silly, yet brings out very human concerns without being soppy.
While the reader is aware that some elements of the book are unlikely, it's a sort of science fiction that still seems realistic in a magical way.
Filakos' rendition of the book feels like he's telling me the whole story in person, and that I am really there in the bookshop, at the Google campus, in the museum vaults.
I don't have a lot of time to listen to books, so I usually listen while driving my car to and from work, but this one was so entertaining I kept listening long after getting home from work...not good from a homework standpoint!
Ari Fliakos did a great job! I loved listening to him!
I loved how he read this story and his voice helped me visual the characters. He really brought them to life for me!
I would take Mr. Penumbra out to dinner so I could just listen to him tell me everything there is to know about life and how to live life it to the fulliest.
I recommend this book to all of my friends. It is such a wonderful read. And I tell them to subscribe to Audible.com just for Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore.