I'd recommend this to anyone who loves books because it is, among other things, about a mysterious book and the journey to track it down.
This story has some of my favorite elements; a map, a mystery, quirky and likeable characters, an alluring old bookstore, a friendship, and the fun setting of San Francisco in the late 60's.
Ari Fliakos' lively characterizations make for an enjoyable and entertaining listen.
I would take Ajax out to dinner to find out why he's so interested in a certain book.
I enjoyed this so much, I ordered the audio novel, "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore". Can't wait to listen.
Great writing. Porter's rich and varied narration is tops.
I wish I knew of other books to compare to "14". I hope to find more!
Aside from the wonderful way he has of individuating the characters, Porter's performance allows the listener to experience the rhythm and cadence of the writing. I write and teach creative writing, so it's icing on the cake, to learn craft from the performance.
I need to think about that. There are so many directions you could go with this.
Clines pulls off a rarity - one heck of a read with very little (if any) of the graphic stuff that's become the hallmark of our culture. Likeable characters, great dialogue, a well paced story, and no zombies or vampires! What's NOT to love??
I'm comfortable giving this to a grandmother or a high schooler. How many books can you say that about?
I hope to read more like this. : )
Yes. It's not overly long. Really enjoyed the narrator and the story.
The strange story - three guys in a biplane in an undiscovered utopia of women. I enjoyed imagining the characters and the scenes. The story was a little escape (in the midst of my daily activities), to a mysterious, somewhat magical place. I found myself wanting to return there, again and again.
I'm new to Dufris, but I liked him so much that I sought out (and purchased) another one of his narrations. He really animates the characters with his voice. I got a good mental picture of the world of "Herland" through Dufris' narration.
I loved the way Jeff held the women, all women, in such high esteem. Terry was a big, blustery sourpuss of machismo. Haven't we all known a "Terry"? I found myself just shaking my head over some of his comments. You knew he was going to fall and fall hard. And he did.
"Herland" was required reading for a class I took, otherwise, I never would have known about it. Feel like I discovered a gem. I knew "The Yellow Wallpaper", but "Herland" was a real treat. It brought me back to when my own four kids were young and needed mothering. Those were pretty crazy, intense years, but "Herland" actually made me miss them, and those four little munchkins who are now very grown up adults.
Rosenblatt does an exceptional job with the voice characterizations.
Every moment with Mrs. P. was enjoyable. I loved how she endured with a noble spirit and lack of self pity and whining. She was the least experienced character in the book, yet, in some ways, the strongest in heart, mind and spirit.
The scenes on which she took care of and interacted with Farrell.
If Mrs. P felt despair, I felt it, too.
I'm thrilled there are several more books in this series. I will read them ALL!!
I would recommend it to my tech friends, those guys who love writing code and studying Google algorithms. Fantasy and mystery lovers might want to try something else.
The most interesting part of the story was the mystery of the old books; ancient, leather bound, encoded tomes lining the topmost shelves of the store and accessible to a few, eccentric patrons.
Clay, as a millennial, has a nerdy, friendly personality. Mr. Penumbra has a great, erudite, accented voice. Fliakos is a good narrator.
Mr. Penumbra was the most memorable character. I met him in the excellent "Ajax Penumbra 1969". It was fun to catch up with him all these years later.
Don't miss Audible's rendition of the prequel to this book, "Ajax Penumbra 1969".
Wool ranks with my favorite audiobooks.
One of my favorite things about the story was the creepy, claustrophobic confines of the silo. Holsten's story hooked me at the beginning. Juliette's carried me through the next 2/3 of the book. Her character was the perfect combination of tough and tender.
She did a great job differentiating the voices.
I've ordered Dust, another book in the Silo series, and look forward to listening. Hugh Howey is one of my favorite authors. Thank you for bringing his work to Audible!
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