If you want to fun book to listen to, but don't want to have to really listen hard in case you miss a detail then this is the book for you!
Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore started off a little slow but then picked up momentum. It has all the elements you could ever want in a book but on a smaller scale...mystery, poking fun of yourself and other people, making fun of the big man-" Google", A little bit a thrill and a little bit of Da Vinci Code, all rolled into one.
The narration was fine. Nothing really to complain about. The story was clearly where it lacked.
Google. I like Google, I use it every day. They've made some great products, it's true. I just felt like I was watching (listening) to "The Internship" all over again. It got to where I was rolling my eyes every time the word 'Google' was mentioned, and since I listen in the car and I was rolling them so often, I began to fear for my safety.
I called the so-called 'mystery' pretty early on in the book and the relationships were pretty weak, so there wasn't much to compel me to continue listening. Sorry, Robin. Not my cup of tea.
Desperately Literate Housewife
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It was a laugh out loud adventure of lovable geekiness that had me constantly smiling.
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I didn’t get it.
This may be the most unhelpful review... but I can’t think of anything more to say - it just flew right over my head.
Based on the mostly positive reviews, clearly it was just me.
I couldn't wait to get hold of this book after reading reviews and synopses. It's fun, and charming, but not the game-changer I'd been led to expect. And the author lost a lot of my goodwill for (a) some unsubtle lobbying for copyright piracy; and (b) calling his Magical Pixie Dream Girl character Kat Potente, ehich seems a bit sad and obvious (but then I never related to the cult spoeal of Cat Power). It's a fun story, neatly told, but this is not the new Douglas Adams or Neil Gaiman. I did enjoy the narration.
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