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.
The key to a good audiobook is not only must the story be good, but the narrator must make you want to keep listening. A bad narrator can destroy a good book, and a good narrator can do wonders for a mediocre book. In this case, we have the rare combination of a pretty good book and an incredibly good narrator. I probably would have liked the book okay if I read it, but not as much as I enjoyed having Ari F. read it to me. The plot of the book was relatively intriguing, and the characters interesting, but it really was the narration that brought it to life. All in all, this was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to so far this year (and I listen to a lot).
This is definitely in the top 5 of the most recent audiobooks I've read.
The most memorable moment was the scene where Clay was photoscanning the books in the dark NYC library.
It made me smile quite a bit. I love all of the geek / nerd references.
Like mainly mystery and suspense with a bit of chick lit and non-fiction thrown in. Severe addiction going on 10 years to Audiobooks.
Cute story. Easy listen. Definitely would appeal to high-techers out there of the Google generation. Not going to win "book of the year", but if you want a light mystery, enjoy books, and wonder about life as a googler, then you will enjoy this.
a better story with more of an adult bent
not anything that reeks of young adult!
He's a good narrator -- that was not the problem
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 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.