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Ajax Penumbra 1969

Robin Sloan

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

From Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, the story of Mr. Penumbra's first trip to San Francisco-and of how he got entangled with the city's most unusual always-open enterprise… It is August 1969. The Summer of Love is a fading memory. The streets of San Francisco pulse to the sounds of Led Zeppelin and Marvin Gaye. And of jackhammers: A futuristic pyramid of a skyscraper is rising a few blocks from City Lights bookstore and an unprecedented subway tunnel is being built under the bay. Meanwhile, south of the city, orchards are quickly giving way to a brand-new industry built on silicon. But young Ajax Penumbra has not arrived in San Francisco looking for free love or a glimpse of the technological future. He is seeking a book-the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. The last record of the book locates it in the San Francisco of more than a century earlier, and on that scant bit of evidence, Penumbra's university has dispatched him west to acquire it for their library. After a few weeks of rigorous hunting, Penumbra feels no closer to his goal than when he started. But late one night, after another day of dispiriting dead ends, he stumbles across a 24-hour bookstore, and the possibilities before him expand exponentially . . .

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ari Fliakos

Length:

1h 49m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:48


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:11


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

00:53