Good book for a teenager maybe, but not compelling as an adult fiction read.
I liked the performance generally.
I'm afraid I could see it as a move or tv series. That's probably why I don't like it.
I really did some of the ideas and it was very funny at times. I love the idea of an evil empire that sells fonts.
I love mysteries and thrillers the most, sometimes non-fiction business books. Mom, wife, yada, yada, yada...
I know I have been spoiled by the likes of Connelly, Deaver, Lippman, French, Child and others. This book is kind of juvenile in its plot and pacing. I think my 12 year old would love it. However, it is NOT Ready Player One (RPO). RPO is a well-polished narrative with clearly thought out characters. It moves neither too fast nor too slow. I adored it. This book has a bit of fantasy in it but it doesn't seem to fit with the non-fantasy parts. Characters are very one dimensional and predictable - almost like cartoons at times, especially Mr. Penumbra himself.
This book comes across like someone just sat down and typed it up with no effort to edit, polish or improve it after the fact. It's not awful, simply unsophisticated.
Not sure I understand all the hype surrounding this book. Other than presenting an overview of Google's organizational talents, it really is kind of a limp tale. I suppose it will appeal to young technocrates and those who like bibliocentric mysteries. Think of it as The Club Dumas Very Light. Perhaps it belongs on the Young Adult shelf. Despite the text, Ari Fliakos does a good solid reading.
This book, with its captivating title, gave me hope of a piece of fiction that tells a untold tale and creates a world within this book. It does not quite live up to that expectation though...
First of there is a huge issue with a book set in the near future, promising a different world, and then in fact is not really much different than today's world... Then add in descriptions of technology that is supposed to be revelations, that in fact are already among us, without adding anything futuristic to the equation...
When that pill is swallowed the story is really good, but the execution not. There is simply lacking detail, mystery and character depth. It is to shallow, just waiting to be picked up and movietized, sigh.
But in all, I enjoyed my 8 hours listen, although I kept hoping for more, all the way through...
I thought the review misleading. As the story unfolded it became clear this was aimed at an adolescent/ teenage boy market. Pretty trite stuff. I couldn't finish it, but I think my young computer geek nephews may enjoy it.
Just don't think it my cup of tea. Would help if the review let on the targeted audience. Nothing wrong with Sloans writing.
disappointment, think I was expecting something deliciously quirky and engaging.
There is just something about this book. It has a certain charm. What Ready Player One is for gamer and movie buffs, this is for the book loving set. It's written well, but the narration really brings it to life. I've never listened to Ari Flaikos before, but I will look to see what else he's narrated.
I prefer a series for traveling; one that is fun, entertaining, and clever to the point of distraction.
A bit of mystery to try to figure out, thought provoking, but also confusing. There was enough mystery and suspense to keep me interested until the end. I just didn't understand all of it. When the book ended, I kept wondering,..well, what was the point of this? Or, why were they all doing that? Or, what was so important and urgent about all of the work being done? What was the point of recording the details of the consumers? Did I miss a lot of explanation somewhere? If I had been reading this on paper, I would have wondered if the publisher forgot to print a few chapters. It was not boring and it kept me entertained during long hours while creeping along on icy,treacherous roads. I may do a re-listen later to try to get more out of it. I'd recommend it.
Some clever ideas, a very modern setting with an ancient mysterious flavour, a plot that could have been written (and maybe was written) for a good movie.
Very readable, witty, curious, it just lacks that deepness and clarity that only the truly great writers possess.
Forget the Murakami comparison, and enjoy what the book can give.
Awesome book. Maybe the best books I've listened to all year. I was pleasantly surprised at both the quality of the writing and the near-perfect match of a narrator. Choosing this book was a complete shot in the dark, and I feel like I really lucked out.
I found myself completely engrossed in the story and loving all the current-day references to companies and technology woven into the fantasy. I'd love to read more my Robin Sloan - he has a whimsical and engaging style of writing that I found entirely refreshing and fun.
original, nerdy, imaginative
I liked the mystery of the whole thing and how it slowly developed, but the ending, "the solved mystery" lacked and I was disappointed
When the crew visits the secret library
Yes, I got it to listen to on a long car trip, it definitely kept me intrigued for the whole time