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Kristin Echols

Elk Grove, CA USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 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
    Overall
    (2647)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2366)

    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....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "The story of a font"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the best book I've listened to all year. Funny and surprising, it had elements of art, science, technology and literature.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    While enjoying the story, I kept wondering where it could be going. Google, dragon songs, Ruby, typefaces...how is it all connected?


    What about Ari Fliakos’s performance did you like?

    Ari's performance was great. I loved the way his speech would quicken when Clay was excited, or quiet when he was sneaking around. The voices he used for the other characters were all distinct.


    If you could take any character from Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'd like to have dinner with Kat...at Google. A glimpse into the world that is Google....


    Any additional comments?

    This is obviously a story of our time...there's a mention of Fruit Ninja.

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  • Bite Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1601)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (816)

    "The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public. Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup."

    Ron says: "WOW!!!"
    "I was concerned by the excerpt, but..."
    Overall

    ...it turned out to be a great listen. I'm a big Moore fan, but I almost didn't get the book because the narrator turned me off. However, it turns out Susan Bennett is perfect for Abby Normal. If you like Jody and Tommy, read this too. I got to laugh every morning and evening on my way to and from work. What more can you want while commuting?

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