Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
ISBN: 9781427227430
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file)


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Nov 04, 2018

this is one lighthearted and fun book to read!! I really looked forward to reading it everyday and made me laugh quite a bit. Clay, the main character is hilarious!! I think the reader of the (audiobook) made it even better! very, very good book!

Mar 25, 2018

I hope the ebook verison is available one day!

Feb 26, 2018

I really enjoyed it--a delightful combination of 15th century and 21st century high technology with a compelling narrator and an excellent reader. I was pleased to find another work by the author, Penumbra 1969, that gave me another chance to enjoy his fascinating world.

May 16, 2017

Clay assumes he took an easy job working the night shift in a bookstore, but unravels a secret society of book-lovers and code-breakers that dates back hundreds of years.

JCLMelodyMK Sep 07, 2016

I enjoyed listening to this book.
It was a light, fun read. Kind of a Scooby Doo group searching for the answers. The reader did a good job and I'm glad I read it.

May 08, 2016

I mostly liked this -- it's all about books, which I love, and audio-books, which are essential to my day. And there are puzzles, and computers, and the modern and the old meet. But I am irritated by a crucial point: (spoiler alert!!) The secret code as described would surely have been broken by Google, even without a key.

JCLChrisK Aug 01, 2014

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

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

nice book for book lovers

bgalla01 Sep 30, 2013

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

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JCLChrisK Aug 01, 2014

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.

JCLChrisK Aug 01, 2014

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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May 01, 2013

The protagonist, Clay Jannon, is hired by a San Francisco independent bookstore owner -- Mr Penumbra -- to retrieve books from 10 pm to 6 am, at the request of long time bookstore customers holding an unusual interest in highly obscure volumes. When Clay examines one of these books, he sees page after page of unreadable encrypted characters, no spaces, no punctuation. Yet the customers return night after night, returning one book, and taking another. The question is: Why?


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