I started this book with no expectations - I hadn't heard of the author or the performer, hadn't read any reviews, and only bought the book because it was on sale a while back.
Best. Decision. All. Year. I love this book. I love this performer. I feel like I've just done all these things, gone on this grand adventure - it's the best feeling you can have from a book. The book even contains the secret to immortality.
One of my favorite so far. This book had a great plot and kept my attention the whole time!
The story was unique and used modern terminology and ideas to give it a fantastic believable feel.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly! Check it out!
I always like to read or listen a story about books. And I like to read or listen a story placed in SF Bay Area where I can relate to.
So this book is a double whammy.
I can tell the author is not a San Franciscan.No local person calls Bart a train.
I loved Fliakos enthusiasm!
The "cassette" of Dragon Song - loved the post-production.
Witty humor that was exciting and fun without being pretentious.
The big reveal at the end was pleasantly emotional and touching :D
i had heard the short story on which this is based on a podcast a few years ago and loved it. The book is pretty good, but the ending was sort of anticlimactic...didn't match what i had expected from the short story...but still pretty good short read. Good narration.
No. Too much Google plugging
He has an interesting voice and was superb with all of the different voices
Have you ever been called a nerd? Or any related term - geek, weirdo, egghead, bookworm, etc.? Better yet, have you ever been honest with yourself and embraced the inner nerd? If you've answered yes, you will enjoy this book. It appeals to those who have an affinity for books, puzzles, and YA fantasy lit. I didn't laugh out loud, but smiled several times throughout the listen. All the characters were likeable in their quirkiness, including the villain. I was slightly disappointed with the ending. Mind you the ending not the solution. The solution was perfect. The ending was a little to neat and tidy for my tastes. Nonetheless, if you fit the description above and have time for a quick read, you may enjoy the trip to this bookstore.
PS - Loved the narrator. Great match for the personality of the main character.
author of "Starfish"
I would recommend it to my tech friends, those guys who love writing code and studying Google algorithms. Fantasy and mystery lovers might want to try something else.
The most interesting part of the story was the mystery of the old books; ancient, leather bound, encoded tomes lining the topmost shelves of the store and accessible to a few, eccentric patrons.
Clay, as a millennial, has a nerdy, friendly personality. Mr. Penumbra has a great, erudite, accented voice. Fliakos is a good narrator.
Mr. Penumbra was the most memorable character. I met him in the excellent "Ajax Penumbra 1969". It was fun to catch up with him all these years later.
Don't miss Audible's rendition of the prequel to this book, "Ajax Penumbra 1969".
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
I would, if I hadn't already read the print version before listening to the audiobook. I chose to "re-read" it in audio format because I had succumbed to the charms of the book in print and thought that it would make for an entertaining and illuminating listen. I was not wrong.
The book is about the collision of worlds rooted in radically different technologies -- the power of the printing press throughout the centuries to immortalize literature and literary figures and readers vs. the power of present-day supercomputing to provide virtually every bit of human knowledge at the point of a fingertip. Interesting stuff. But as in any good work of literature, the characters are what really makes the book come alive.
It really should be Mr. Penumbra, the "shadowy" owner of the bookstore who strives to bridge "old knowledge" with modern-day computing. But he is too flighty -- literally, at the end, when he flees and leaves things up to Clay, the narrator. He never rises to the level of Dumbledore or Gandalf as the book's resident wizened old wise man. It could be Kat Potente for someone like me, a male reader, who could grow as easily enamored of her quirky, meta-geeky combination of beauty and brains as Clay is.
But in the end, I have to go with Clay himself. True to his name, he allows himself to be molded by the overachievers surrounding him, without ever resenting his role as everyone's everyman. But he breezily molds his own story far too often for him to be just a passive narrator -- he is the driver of this car. It may be too facile at times, the speed at which he uncovers solutions to insurmountable problems, but who cares? He is so engaging and resourceful that we want him to succeed, and the book is so easygoing that we do not want him to get mired down in failure.
When Clay and Kat are first starting to click, Kat invites him to a party at her house, but he can't go because he has to man the overnight shift at the bookstore. So he attends via video chat, with Kat carrying a computer image of his disembodied head around the party. Much clever banter that solidifies these two charismatic characters.
Analog Adventures in a Digital World
The good news in this battle of the titans is that no one loses. If you're a book lover, you'll always have the option of reading a hard copy, even with the proliferation of e-books and audiobooks. You can always choose to take advantage of all worlds, as I do, reading books (on e-book in tight spaces) and listening to the best of them on audio.