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.
When I first started listening to audio books, I still kept reading "good" books on paper, and just listened to books I knew I wouldn't have wanted to keep on my book shelf forever. Sort of like I don't like to see movies of books that I love. Well, this one made me realize that a work of literature can be enhanced by an excellent audio performance. This is a weird and wonderful work of modern fiction, and all of the performances are perfect. Now I find out first if a book is available here before I buy it on paper.
Just fabulous. Complex and takes a while to get your mind around what is going on, but once immersed Cloud Atlas is wonderful and superbly crafted. I read the de Zoet book first, which I also recommend, but don't be deceived with Cloud Altas - it is not a period piece but is rather an imaginative voyage through time with first rate narration, plot lines and character development. Easily one to read/listen to twice. Leaves you wanted more, like a perfect dinner that was just right. I am stunned at the brilliance of David Mitchell. Very original. Recommended.
Kind of disjointed. I really enjoyed one story and the person who narrates it. ... and that story is hilarious. Truly funny. The dialogue written for the Hawaii story is utterly irritating. The main character's narration sounds like a cross between Bob Marley and Jar Jar Binks. Anyway, overall mildly entertaining.
I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks over the past 15 years and I would put this one near the very top. I liked it so much I went out and bought the book, but reading it isn't nearly the artistic experience that listening to it affords. The various characters really come to life and their interwoven stories are compelling. I found it by searching for my favorite narrator, John Lee, and I am once again grateful for his skills because, although he narrates only a part of this title, my devotion to his work is what brought me to it. Thanks to all who made this performance a reality.
I wondered where this book was headed when I first started listening, and almost didn't stick with it past the first few chapters. That would have been my loss. Each story within the whole is fascinating by itself, and how they all tie together across time and geography is thought-provoking. I don't always care for multiple readers, but in this case, each was beautifully suited to the character. Each change of reader was a jolt and took getting used to, and then soon it was unimaginable that the new character could have any other voice. Suspenseful, nuanced, sometimes funny sometimes sad, engrossing. I was sorry when it ended.