The book was a great read. I think the only issue with it for me was the break between the first and second section. It most likely worked well on paper because you can see the cut and switch, I thought for a bit there was a section of audio missing. However, that is only a small unimportant complaint to an otherwise amazing book.
All the narrators do a wonderful job and the fact that you have a different person for each section makes it easy to follow the story.
Can't see what all the hype is about. After forcing myself to listen for 2 hours, I finally gave up.
Not to wait so long to add any cohesion.
My opinion of the performance was colored by my distaste for the story.
At least an hour from the first 2 hours...I don't know about the rest.
How do I get my money back on the "Great Listen Guarantee"?
Enjoyed the story but it's one of the few that would have worked better for me if I had read it via listening to it. It took me a while before I started to get the gist of what was happening and by then it would have been nice to "flip back" into the book and reference some of the earlier parts of the story.
Great narration though, top notch performances.
On an aside, the book convinced me NOT to pay money to watch the movie in the theater. I don't see how they can capture of book of this length and depth into a single movie. I'll wait for the DVD but to plan on watching it.
One of the best audio books I've listened too. Thgought provoking and a lesson in how to write with a sense of clear voice...or six in this case. Loved it!
Cloud Atlas was a great escape. A beautiful and mind-stirring work of fiction that raises questions about power structures, religion, and environmentalism. Not to be missed.
It works on two levels. The book consists of six stories. Each internal narrative is interesting in its own right. Each character, individually, is very well drawn and compelling (with one possible exception). So, even as a collection of short stories it's a great read, and the changes in style keeps things fresh throughout. But the best part is that there's a lot to work out about the connections between the stories that's not always spelled out to the reader. Once you tap into the connections between the stories, the cascading set of endings is compelling and satisfying both within the short story - and for what you learn between the stories. So it's fun, but you can think about it, too.
The narrators are really stars in this one. It's a tough book - there are six stories told in very different "voices," and the narrators do a great job of bringing each character to life, and, in certain instances, giving non-standard speech a personal immediacy that I understand was not there in the text-version of the book for every reader. I immediately began looking for their other material.
I've never enjoyed John Lee as much as I do here.
A good friend who read the text version informs me that the first and sixth stories can be a slog, and I did not have that experience at all.
The novel is very well written, both intricate and captivating.
At the end of each part, my mind raced in an attempt to put all the pieces together.
To describe this book in a few succinct words, I would say, philosophical, enlightening, and masterful.
The genial use of language.
Each part was beautifully narrated with such colorful lexicon; I truly felt a shift in time and reality with each change in narration.
I do not wish to tell too much, as part of Cloud Atlas' charm is it's ability to make the listener want more.
All I can say though, a good read/listen.
Love to listen to books in the car it makes my commute so much better. The books I tend to listen to while I am driving are ones that are purely for entertainment.
Yes, it was so engaging and kept me fully engaged the entire time I listened to it.
Zack, I loved the use of language for this character and the challenges he faced with Ol' Georgie. I also found the section of the book with Son Mi it was very interesting and engaging. The truth is I loved all the characters!
I loved when all of the elders broke out of the home... it was really adrenaline pumping for me as they broke through the gate to make it to freedom.
This is a must listen to book before you watch the movie which was also spectacular.