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.
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.
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.
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...