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Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore

Sloan, Robin (Audiobook CD - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore
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A 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.
Authors: Sloan, Robin, 1979-
Title: Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore
[sound recording]
Publisher: New York : Macmillan Audio, p2012
Edition: Unabridgded
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (7 hr., 30 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Robin Sloan
Notes: Duration: 7:30:00
"A novel"--Container
Compact disc
Summary: A 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.
Additional Contributors: Fliakos, Ari
ISBN: 1427233748
9781427233745
Branch Call Number: CD Fiction SLOAN
Performers: Read by Ari Fliakos.
Subject Headings: San Francisco (Calif.) Fiction Bookstores California San Francisco Fiction Bookstores Employees Fiction
Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Suspense fiction
Adventure fiction
Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Bookstores
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After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret.


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Aug 01, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Information and stories. That's the commonality. Convention prefers to set things in opposition to each other: books vs. computers; analog vs. digital; old vs. new; dusty vs. sleek. They may function differently, but at their cores books and computers are about the same things: storing and sharing information and stories.

Clay Jannon sits at the juncture of those two opposing worlds, that of books and that of computers. He is a computer designer in Silicon Valley, but desperation has him accepting a job at a dusty old bookstore that caters to very old-fashioned readers. That job gets him a new girlfriend who works for and--is all things--Google. It also gets him caught up in a centuries-old mystery involving a secret book society. Those are just the simplest of his connections to the two worlds, which grow deeply both ways. And Clay is special because he has a unique talent: he doesn't see the worlds as opposites or in conflict with each other; he is able to join them harmoniously in his perception, his life, his work. And so Clay sits at the juncture of an exciting mystery consisting of unexpected intrigue and adventure that takes him from the latest secret projects at the heart of Google to hidden underground libraries where the chained, leather-bound books are studied by black-robed scholars, breaking codes, uncovering mysteries, and so much more.

This is--to copy a description already used by others I know--a delightfully fun story. It came highly recommended and did not disappoint. Very nearly five stars.

Mar 12, 2014
  • jvehawn rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is one that I would recommend to anyone who truly loves books. THe audio version has a fun little easter egg, in that the Author of the book is the reader of the audio book in the story! This book can be a bit odd at times and the ending did leave me scratching my head, but with a smile across my face. I don't know if I would like the actual book as much as I liked the audio though. Overall this is a good book to listen to and if you love books, you should enjoy listening to this one.

Jan 22, 2014
  • KBesserman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

nice book for book lovers

Sep 30, 2013
  • bgalla01 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dan Brown meets Douglas Adams. If you are addicted to audio books it is great. The book discusses audio books.

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Aug 01, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You know, I'm really starting to think the whole world is just a patchwork quilt of crazy little cults, all with their own secret spaces, their own records, their own rules.

Aug 01, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I've never listened to an audiobook before, and I have to say it's a totally different experience. When you read a book, the story definitely takes place in your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it, like a fuzzy knit cap pulled down over your eyes.

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