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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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    "A wonderful surprise!"

    Really enjoyed this book, I didn't know what to expect and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Well crafted and quirky characters! Loved the interesting descriptions of everyday items and landscapes. Narrator did a great job bringing the quirky bunch to life. Loved it!

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    James Oswego, IL, United States 09-01-16
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    Good story, bit convoluted at times, but it found its way. I REALLY enjoyed the characters in this book and the humor. I lol several times. Definitely worth the credit.

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    Rayetta Stanley Agoura, CA United States 08-31-16
    Rayetta Stanley Agoura, CA United States 08-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Entertaining"

    Unique characters were well drawn and described in a real life way by the narrator, Ari Fliakos. I felt as if I were right there.

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    Norma Dieppa 08-29-16

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    Would you listen to Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore again? Why?

    No, I don't make it a habit of listening to novels twice


    What other book might you compare Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore to and why?

    Mr. Magorium's wonder emporium but with a secret agent twist


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    A novel idea and an ideal novel - enjoy

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    This is a great book. very well written, with an interesting plot and quirky characters. Ari Fliakos is an excellent reader and the perfect voice for this book.

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    absolutely loved this book! what a great ready for every type of reader. Its funny and keeps you interested the whole way. simple yet complex in unexpected ways. highly recommended this read

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    Great narration & wonderful characters. I enjoyed this quirky story & admire the author's imagination.

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    my first experience hearing an audio Book inside an audio book! so many turns, it left me dizzy! well worth the read!

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    David L. Humphrey Houston, TX USA 08-11-16
    David L. Humphrey Houston, TX USA 08-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    Amazon Customer Delaware 08-10-16
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    This odd story spins and spins until it offers up amazement and deep satisfaction. A tale of books, the info age, and above all the secret that you need to read to arrive at.

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