I accidently purchased this book, and figured, what the heck. I can always delete and move one. With my commute being 90 minutes each way - I use these for my sanity and keep a selection with me.This story started as expected, but twenty minutes in I realized - THIS STORY YOU CAN SEE IN YOUR HEAD. the author gave the details missing in many stories to paint a full picture, but left enough open for the image to be yours. It has a nice balance of charater story, mystery, drama, a touch of romance, real friendship, and the touch that is needed to make the characters into people. You'll notice - I have not said anything of the actual story - so here is a very brief summaryPicture a Internet tech geek, with a artistic streak - caught in a dot com failure. Cannot find work - ends up taking a job in a very old bookstore - but what a store. Very litttle in it for the average reader, but a very odd selection of readers that - actually trade books, but not buying them......How is it staying open? getting money for payroll? Wait it gets odder - a cult? Religion? who are these people coming in and out? Hey, the books are in some code, but each one is just a key to find a part of a larger puzzle.How do they help you keep the interest of the cute "normal" girl you meet who happens to work for google? Put it all together and the ability to value your firends and friendships and you get a very good story.This review from a guy who likes Hobbits, Hammers Slammers, as well as James Herriot and his morning audio newspaperIf you liked Calculating God, you'll love this
If you're on the fence about getting this book - i suggest you do. It was a very pleasant surprise - enough that a guy like me with several hundred audio books wrote his first real one - for this.
Would i listen again? Most likely. i have listened to the first three books and am waiting for books four through six.
The characters are real. I say that not as a historiacal statment - but in htat they are human and you can relate to them. The are a good slice of the greatest generation. Yes, they have their worts and scares, but they are people trying to deal with exceptional problems. Even the least likable you can understand the reason for their behavior once you accept the flaws that they have.
I enjoy his reading thought his "New Yourk / Philly tough" voie often makes the characters sound half bagged, it works with the story
I did listen to it in one sitting (or actually a long car trip)
The stories do stand alone, but the understanding of the characters really does need you to read all the stories. The author tends to rotate who is in the focus and at times assumes you know what is driving the other charaters because is was focused on in another of the books in this series (I am doing this review on the first book, but looking at it from the first three books)
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