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Melanie Mares

Georgia | Member Since 2008

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  • Ajax Penumbra 1969

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (158)
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    Young Ajax Penumbra has not arrived in San Francisco looking for free love or a glimpse of the technological future. He is seeking a book: the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. The last record of the book locates it in the San Francisco of more than a century earlier, and on that scant bit of evidence, Penumbra's university has dispatched him west to acquire it for their library.

    Bonny says: "Perfect prequel"
    "So glad there is more Mr. Penumbra!!"
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    I loved being able to revisit the bookstore and enjoyed the backstory very much! The performance by Fliakos is perfect. His style is just right and listening to him made the story really come to life. I think listening to this audiobook AFTER listening to Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore was important for me, but not necessarily a MUST for all. Just be sure to enjoy to enjoy BOTH of these wonderful books. Makes you feel like you've found a hidden gem and wonder why everyone you know isn't talking about Mr. Penumbra's bookstore.

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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
    (2405)
    Performance
    (2164)
    Story
    (2150)

    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 !"
    "Love this book and GREAT narration!!!"
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    Great story...intriguing from the very beginning. The narration by Fliakos is terrific! I can not imagine anyone doing it better! His tone, inflections, accents for different characters, and overall approach to reading this book is perfect. I love the story and found myself smiling many times while listening, as I "met" new characters and enjoyed the references to Google, code, and of course, books. I am on my second listen....and I very rarely listen to the same book twice. I must say I am enjoying it just as much the second time around. I have recommended this book to many people. It is special.

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