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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life - mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.

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, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.

With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the 21st century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that’s rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious listener, no matter the time of day.

©2012 Robin Sloan (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Lindsay Harlow 03-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Clever story"

    What a clever story. A quick novel of fantasy. This book could have been stretched to separate books because you reach 3 small climaxes, but instead it is woven together quickly and brilliantly!

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    AA Mack 03-25-16
    AA Mack 03-25-16
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    "truly delightful. great narrator!"

    Very well written, fun and interesting story that will delight book lovers. I could have listened for several more hours.

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    Sandra Marchenko Ashburn, VA United States 03-24-16
    Sandra Marchenko Ashburn, VA United States 03-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful!"

    Loved loved loved this book. So sad when it ended. I will look for more by Robin Sloan.

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    Rachel Eaton 03-24-16 Member Since 2008
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    "A fun adventure!"

    This was a really fun adventure! The way Robin Sloan described the bookstores and the accession room make them seem like magical places that I would love to visit! I was a little disappointed by parts of the ending, but overall I like the way it ended. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading, playing D&D, and going on adventures.

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    Allan Kolczynski 03-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, great performance"

    I enjoyed this book very much. I wasn't sure what to expect so I came into the experience with an open mind -I'm so glad "opened the door." The story flowed well and the performer added to the story; he sounded likes a millennial caught up in the situation. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story with touches of science fantasy -there are tons of references to fantasy books I've read.

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    Lala 03-23-16
    Lala 03-23-16 Member Since 2015

    I love listening to audibles on my way to work! My long commute has been transformed into a pleasurable journey.

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    If you could sum up Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore in three words, what would they be?

    quirky, nerdy, fun


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

    The plot twisted and turned and just when I thought it was over - a new twist began.


    What does Ari Fliakos bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ari really makes this story come alive. Clay has a great sense of humor and self deprivation and Ari captured that well.


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

    Not just a bookstore!


    Any additional comments?

    This book had me smiling throughout. Loved the depth of characters and hated for it to end.

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    J. C. Edens Georgia, USA 03-21-16
    J. C. Edens Georgia, USA 03-21-16 Member Since 2015

    Been on/off with Audible since '07, when I found myself long-term in China, desperate for English language books. Love a good story.

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    "What a fun ride!"

    The story was great, really snugly written and a fun romp for anyone interested in old books, secret code breaking groups, computers, or history and legacy. The narration is also excellent. This is just a wonderful audiobook, and I finished it too quickly. Recommended! Worth a credit or if it's on sale!

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    D. Hoard Morgantown, WV 03-21-16
    D. Hoard Morgantown, WV 03-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun story"

    I gave this a high rating , not because of lyrical prose, or depth of thought, or intricate plotting, but because it was a decently crafted. fun story to read. No one died. no one was evil,.no one was deeply hurt. Everything ended well. I like escaping to that world sometimes. If you dont, then I do not recommend this book for you.

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    Dblms 03-20-16
    Dblms 03-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed! Interesting and entertaining!"

    A lot of fun! Great characters and story/plot about bridging the old and new.
    If you enjoy books and/or technology, you will probably enjoy this book. Also a fun mystery and light romance within the story.

    Ari Fliakos narration was very very good... Definitely an enhancement to the entire experience. He brought the characters to life. I would enjoy hearing other books read by him.

    Highly recommend!

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    Buffy Denver, CO 03-18-16
    Buffy Denver, CO 03-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful read"

    This book was a delight to read. A little long and convoluted; but entertaining and fun. Somewhat lightweight--which was actually a nice change of pace from murder and mayhem novels.

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