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.
Don't think so, though with the guarantee audible offers, to make it good or return it, I might.
Couldn't understand the narrator nor the plot.
If it was the only option.....
I didn't find any.
Thank you for accepting the return and offering an exchange.
Dyslexic, so the audio version is always better than the print.
The vivid imagery. The subtle linking of the six stories.
All scenes with "Old Georgie" as the Valleymen's devil/conscience.
Sonmi having to watch the true exaltation waiting for every fabricant.
I created a set of audio CDs to listen to them in the car. Three 6 hour tracks is ridicules. I accidentally unloaded one of the CDs and it took me 20 minutes to fast forward back to where I was. For this reason alone, I doubt that I'll ever purchase another book from Audible. I'll pay the few dollars extra and get the audible book on CDs to begin with.
Probably not, the story line is a bit convoluted. A written book allows you to go back and pick up details that you may have missed earlier. The audiobook format doesn't do that well and I think it diminished my experience.
I do not know.
Movie trailer was interesting, thought I'd get the book first to pick up the details the movie will leave out. Now that I have experienced the book and its ending I have no interest in seeing the movie.
Narrators yes, Mitchell under duress
wouldn't be my first choice
they did well
needed to bring more cohesion between stories