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  • 2 reviews
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  • 18 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    L. Calder says: "Nerdy, action filled romp through cyber space"
    "Dan Brown meets Harry Potter meets Google"
    What made the experience of listening to Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore the most enjoyable?

    The reader does an excellent job with timing and voices. This is a book that is easy to dip in and out of.

    What other book might you compare Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore to and why?

    The plot is novel and incorporates popular, current technology in examining an ancient text. It reminds me of a less malevolent, less pulpy Dan Brown book.

    Have you listened to any of Ari Fliakos’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but will be on the lookout for more from him. Excellent reader!

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Will technology be able to solve an ancient code that holds the promise of immortality?

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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Slow start, but it pays off"
    Where does The Casual Vacancy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The vast array of characters were intertwined in a complex web. Because I'm not great at absorbing information aurally, it was hard for me to keep the characters' relationships to one another straight through an audiobook.

    The first third of the book felt like drudgery, but I was determined to listen in full and I'm glad I did. Rowling did not disappoint. An avid HP fan, I was skeptical about what Rowling could accomplish for adults. There really is no overlap between HP and The Casual Vacancy except for the omniscient POV. Vacancy explores characters more deeply with an omniscient narrator who rotates through the townspeople.

    This was a great book, but one I wish I'd read in print because I'm quite sure I missed some of the intricate details Rowling laid out. If you are better able to focus than I, you will probably enjoy this slightly more than I.

    What did you like best about this story?

    J. K. Rowling's ability to weave so many characters into intricate plot and subplots was my favorite part.

    What aspect of Tom Hollander’s performance would you have changed?

    I'm surprised that a male narrator was chosen. The characters roughly bounce between male and female, with slightly more than half being female.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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