Didn't quite know what to expect from this book. Got it on the recommendation of a friend and just started listening with very little knowledge of what the book was about. It is an intricate telling of individual stories all connected to one another in some way. Was a little slow to start. Caught fire in the middle. And then it slowly ended. It is a hard listen if you do not pay close attention. You will not see the connections in the stories. I have to say overall I really enjoyed this book. I would compare his style to something like Kurt Vonnegut in the sense that a good many characters in the stories appear again or are an integral part in other stories in the book.
just me as weird as that is
It was very disjointed and just a very hard listen
Looking for a good mystery maybe some Wallander
I couldn't make it through to let you know
I hear they are making it into a movie maybe that would be easier to follow?
I wanted so badly to love this book. When I didn't understand the audiobook -- too much listening while falling asleep and missing key points -- I bought the hardcover. I was determined to see why this story got such rave reviews. After spending months trying to wrestle this beast to the ground, I still didn't get it. I had a feeling that Mitchell wrote this book to prove how smart he is, rather than to entertain. I expect an author to enlist me as an ally. Instead, I felt intimidated and alienated. If you do very well with a story with multiple characters and leaps back and forth in time, you'll probably like it. Unless you have to listen to it for a book group or class, or to impress your friends, don't do it!
Great narration, great story lines. Easy to listen to. Very funny in one chapter. One of the best audible books.
I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.
After listening to the audio I had to buy two hard copies. One for my book shelf to read in the future. One to lend to friends. I have never read a book of this genre. Each segment is a story on its own. There is a thin thread that runs through each segment,connecting them. The stories travel through centuries, starting in the past and going far into the future, then loops back around picking up each story where it left off. Completing each segment. The book has everything, intrigue,science fiction,philosophy, romance, history, music.Mitchell writing in insightful and keeps you thinking long after you finish this book.
The narrators were wonderful. I could listen to "Timothy Cavendish" forever and would love to listen a full novel about that character alone. I did have a hard time with the voice of "Robert Frobisher". I had to keep in mind Frobisher was a young man, the voice sounded like someone older.
The structure of the story and it's insightful conclusions about personal freedom and choice.
The concluding paragraphs.
One of my all time favorite books.
This book is essentially an updated version of Italio Calvnio's "If On A Winter's Night A Traveler." It nestles several stories into one another, stopping each halfway through and only picking them back up after perspective on each story has been added from the first half of the other tales. The readers are fantastic. Listen to it just for them. In addition, it's a pretty intriguing story. It is a challenge to the listening because of many proper nouns and made-up names in the more futuristic parts (it spans distant past to far future in terms of setting). But it is well-worth it. Highly recommended for people who like stories that move through big chunks of time, lovers of science fiction or light science fiction, and lovers of mystery.
This is the second David Mitchell I've listened to. While I thoroughly enjoyed the first, this was a disappointment. The individual stories have abrupt transitions which are bothersome but would be fine if one could knit together conclusions from the parts that appear later. There are interconnections, but for most of the stories the interconnections appear as oblique references that explain very little. Perhaps if I listened to this 2-3 more times I would understand the nuance and the unspoken relationships, but I do not think this book is worth repetition for the chance that it would make more sense the second time around.