The most interesting aspect of the story are the author's descriptions of everything. The people, what they're wearing, their environments, he gives every element a breath of life. And the comedy is subtle but endearing.
The least interesting part is the plot... I really thought it was going to have some sort of magic in it based on other reviews.. But I was mistaken.
I chose this book on a whim, and was totally entertained both by the story and the narrator. It is a wonderful story blending the value of traditional books and how technology can enhance the reading experience. It can be enjoyed by millenia and baby-boomers like me.
I teach American Literature and am the proud daddy of a 2 year old.
This is a wonderful mashup of mystery, adventure and charm for bibliophiles and lovers of technology. With a likable first person narrator in Clay and a titular character I hope to see more of in the future. You may also find yourself wanting more than a glimpse of the book series within the book that is mentioned repeatedly. Such is the allure of the world in these pages. One hopes Mr. Sloan invites us back into the world of these characters again.
Ari Fliakos gives a wonderful performance of the audiobook. In fact, he's so good, this is the rare audiobook that I can listen to more than once. Listen for a special appearance by the author himself ( and not in the usual preface or afterword sort of way). No, like the rest of the book, Sloan inserts himself into the world of the text-into the life of the book itself-with a nod and a wink. This one is a true delight. You owe it to yourself to spend sometime in Mr. Penumbra's 24- Hour Bookstore. You will be glad you did.
This was a great, light-hearted listen. Techy but cool in a way non techs can understand, especially as pertaining to books. Loved it!
Narration was excellent, distinguishing characters.
It starts like a very fun, good, thriller mystery, that would make you want to continue hearing / reading. Really.
however somewhere before the middle it just loses its way and you don't find the storyline interesting enough to follow anymore...
all the relationships in the book are shallow and lack real feeling.
However the performance is wonderful, I would look for more books by Ari.
If you liked issacson's bio of Steve jobs; if you were delighted by cumbrrbatch's portrayal of Alan Turing; if you liked ready player one; if you have ever thought twice about typefaces; or if you have tried, and enjoyed, coding of any kind, read/ listen to this book and enjoy.