I thought the narration was fantastic. I couldn't follow the plot line, even at the end
It already is, that's why I chose it.
road show junkie
convuluted but enticing
The re-curring comet shaped birthmark that identified the 'spirit' of the one soul throughout the various lives. Talk about A-HA moments!
The future clone reliving her emergence of spiritual awareness to the archivist. Made me cringe to think this may be our future as we descend further into the depths of consumerism & individualism at the expense of humanistic tendencies.
No - too convoluted & the way each narrator ended so abruptly & then another characher emerged was a tad unsettling at times. You need time to digest all you are hearing, but the experience is well worth it.
Some of the accents were a bit hard to listen to & grasp - especially while commuting on the subway. I thoroughly enjoyed the time travels & feeling as if I were part of the actual environment of the era as the narrators described their surroundings. Honestly, I don't know if I would have enjoyed the written word as much as I enjoyed listening to the story because without the accents enhansing the situation you were in, the story would have fallen flat in places,
I have not been able to get past the first section. I've tried several times after reading the reviews that say it gets better beginning in the second part. The language in section one is so archaic that if you get distracted at all while listening, you get totally lost. It simply is not enjoyable to work that hard at listening to a book. My plan is to go see the movie and then try again. Maybe then I can even skip part one and see if the book becomes more entertaining in the second section. At this point, it is a waste of a credit and very disappointing.
Bad Story bad performance. Does not have a flow that is easily followed
Too many to count
Noting could have saved this book for me.
It was just boring. I wanted nothing more than for the book to be over.
It was OK
One of the stories was interesting, the Cavendish story.
I still would like to see the movie. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Irina M. Flowers
I looked at the ratings and purchased it without listening to the audio sample. I listened to it while driving home from work. I disliked it. I started it again when I got home. I waited and waited for the book to grasp my interested... after 2 hours in I gave up. I am going to buy a paper copy since I really want to read before seeing movie. The audio book didn't work for me.
First, let me say that I read this book once before listening to it. It is a magnificent work, elegant in its concepts and construction. I had already read Mitchell's "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" and that propelled me to pick up Cloud Atlas. I agree with other reviewers that the first section is the hardest to get through, but it is well worth the effort to do so (as I tell everyone I recommend this book to). Everything hinges on the centerpiece section (the 6th story).
Each story is written in its own distinctive voice and style. The connections between the stories are myriad and sometimes subtle. The first half of the book can feel like everything is going wrong with everyone and the characters you care about are not likely to survive - the second half of the book is about redemption, as piece by piece, things are stitched together.
I think the casting and reading of the different stories for audio was done brilliantly. Like other reviewers, I especially appreciate the performance of the centerpiece story which has the most unusual and compelling language. This has become one of my all time favorites-- both the book and the audiobook.
I'll read this one again and again. The stories are awesome and the way they are echoed through the generations and the way they are all connected is really interesting. Try the movie too, really good overall.
The structure of this novel, six stories told by halves and linked to each other, is expertly carried out.
The first is a pacific travel journal set in the colonial Philippines which starts our journey of understanding what evils we as people perpetrate on each other. The second is a highly amusing account of a disinherited musician. The third is an excerpt from a disco-era murder/corporate espionage mystery. The fourth is an entertaining modern-time adventure of a man mistakenly committed to a nursing home. The fifth is set in a future of corporate hegemony and the questions raised by cloning. The sixth, which is the only story told in one complete piece, speaks of a far, far post-apocalyptic future which seems even more brutal than our warlike past.
The book ascends toward this story by halves and then descends, each occupant of the previous tale having viewed the first half of the story of the last and ending their story with the time and opportunity to finish viewing the rest of story that came before them. The themes of the book include slavery, racism, abuse, definitions of good and evil, timelessness, humanity, dignity, honor, and the connections between people. The characters are, for the most part, savvy and quick witted, inviting us to inhabit a strong narrative voice. I laughed out loud at the pithy dialog several times and was awed by masterful descriptions.
I highly recommend this book for the study of the craft of creative writing.
Cloud Atlas is perfectly suited to being read aloud. The use of different actors truly enhances the experience. The author, David Mitchell, is a gifted story-teller and able to write superbly in diverse genres.