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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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Great fun!

Really enjoyed this book. Story had great twists for a fun ride. The audio performance was one of the best I've heard. Highly recommend.

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What a fun little romp!

After reading a 33 hour tome I needed something that sounded clever, fun, and blessedly short. This fit the bill perfectly. Full of literary, technical, and typlogical references, this book is a dream for mystery lovers, nerds, and geeks alike.

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Amazing Story!

Perfect book for people who likes books, technology and suspense! The narrator is great too! Very articulate.

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  • Chiwiz
  • Langdon, NH, United States
  • 02-01-17

Witty, engaging, and unpredictable. Top rate story

Perfect fit of narrator to story. Fun, engrossing story. Never dull. If you love both books and digital technology you will enjoy this book. The author has created a wonderful story where the two modes are f communication and storytelling converge. Delightful characters abound. You feel like you know them and therefore actually care what happens as the story unfolds. Lots of fun. The only fly in my enjoyment ointment is that the ending left me slightly less than satisfied. It was a quick wrap up to tie all loose strands together. I wanted the story to go on and explore the lives of the characters. In other words, I wasn't ready for it to be over. Had lots more bandwidth for more chapters.

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Totally not my style

Would you try another book from Robin Sloan and/or Ari Fliakos?

not like this one. The story was way too far out for me.

What was most disappointing about Robin Sloan’s story?

It was inane. I couldn't identify with or feel for the characters.

What about Ari Fliakos’s performance did you like?

I thought it was read very well. He did his best to make a stupid book sound interesting.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I guess for some people, but not for me.

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A Very Millennial Book

An enjoyable tale set in contemporary San Francisco and New York, inflected with the current technology and information revolution. The author has some sense of the history of technology and information science. Novels sometimes shine for their gritty detail; this one's details are about information technology.

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Wonderful fun!

Great narrator, fun throughout.

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Fantastic

First of all, the narration quality for this story was incredible. The characters and tones were very defined, which made the listen very enjoyable.

Now, I am a book and technology lover, with a strong interest in many of the topics covered in the story - which I can't go into without spoiling the plot. I do, however, think that this story can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter your level of expertise in books or the Google search engine. I did figure out a good chunk of the story about halfway through, but the writing was enjoyable enough for me to continue and I loved every minute of it. I highly recommend giving this title a listen!

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Fascinating

This story draws you in from the beginning and keeps you hanging on till the very end.

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Good book

Not my normal type of genre but based on reviews and when it was in an audible sale I decided to purchase it. I have had it in my library for quite sometime. It was very entertaining. I really liked the narrator. The narrator I think made the book much more enjoyable. I wasn't sure I was going to like it at first but it really was a good listen. Great cast of characters. Interesting view of new technology and OK that is old knowledge.

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