Book nerd for life!
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore was one of my first books back into fiction. I'm not big on mysteries and things like that, so once it started going in that direction, I decided to call it quits (56% through). The narration was enthusiastic. The storyline was going good and the characters were fun to think about. It was geeky, which is fine (enjoyed the Google mentions), but once it started getting into secret societies and strange missions, it lost my interest.
Literary DaVinci Code
The plot was interesting, and I loved the fact that it was set in a bookstore. I'm also a sucker for anything involving a secret society-- the weirder, the better. However, the book quickly strayed from the bookstore setting, which was disappointing. I wanted more of the mystery to be about the books and place itself.
I loved the build-up to the secret about the books. It's not any scene in particular, but I felt like the entire beginning of the book was really the best part. But then again, I love suspense.
I really enjoyed the bulk of the book, although I found the ending a bit cheesy and trite. I also grew weary of the portrayal of the female character. She seemed very one-note, and while she was smart, she was precocious in an off-putting way. As the only female lead, I wanted her to be dynamic like her male counterparts.
I always find it hard to write a review for a book I really loved because I can't find the right words to describe my listening experience, but suffice it to say I really enjoyed this book and I have already suggested it to a friend.
Some of the reviews warned that this book was a little too "tech-y" but I didn't think it was beyond anyone's comprehension. When it came down to things like that I didn't try to understand every little piece but instead simply let myself be amazed by what we can do with technology now.
At heart, this is a fun novel about an adventure to uncover the secrets of an ages-old underground society. This was definitely the fastest I ever listened to an audiobook because I couldn't wait to hear how it ended. I was pleasantly surprised by Ari Fliakos. I didn't think I was going to like his narration that much, but I think his range of voices was fantastic and I would never hesitate to buy a book narrated by him.
Absolutely delightful from start to finish, this novel not only captures the wonderful serendipity of brilliant young minds unfettered by the fogies among us but also the sweet open-mindedness of their elderly mentors. Each is affectionately mocked along the way. Perfect narrator, too! I found it great fun.
I never really got into this book. I didn't hate it but I was happy when I was finally finished and could move on to another one. I ready so many good reviews before purchasing, but it just didn't do it for me. The writing and narration was good, but I found the story to be dull.
He was the perfect narrator for this book. His voice was what I imagine Clay's would sound like.
Sorry, but no, not really.
Who wouldn't love a book with all of their favorite things, all in one lovely audible book with a decent reader? I found it in Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore! What luck!! Conspiracies, secret codes, the search for meaning, bookstores and reading rooms, logos and branding and fonts, San Francisco, strange friendships and alliances with unlikely characters...enjoyable from cover to cover.
A fantastic story filled with warm eccentric characters that held my attention from beginning to end. No rewinding on this one. I couldn't wait to get home from work to listen. The narration absolutely perfect. I hope there is a sequel!
I wanted to like it more than I did because the premise is a good one. I'd say the parts were more interesting than the whole. The tongue-in-cheek pop culture references to our technological fixations made me smile.
The protagonist was my favorite character and that was entirely due to Ari Fliakos' very entertaining narration. The book would not have been nearly as good had he not nailed the reading.
A bookstore is fertile ground for multiple story lines. I could see this as a TV show with Joseph Gordon Levitt as the protagonist.
Mr. Penumbra himself.
the way backlist
Adds desperation and he delivers the irony perfectly!
when is a bookstore just a bookstore?
I loved this book. From the very moment Clay Jannon walks into the 24 hour bookstore, trying to just find a job during hard times, until the final paragraph, Robin Sloan delivers a mesmerizing tale that takes the reader from the halls of Google to the halls of a secret society. The contrast between the Google-world and the somewhat cultish Book-world brings an aura to this book I"ve never experienced elsewhere. Whether you like modern day adventure/mystery, fantasy, historical settings, or love stories, there is a little something here for you. The book is at the same time witty and intelligent, mysterious and transparent. Clay Jannon is the kind of guy you'd love to invite to a party...no wonder he can call on so many friends to solve the mysteries he encounters. I have been telling all my friends, you must read this book for the sheer joy of it.