Ok. We've all seen the preview for the movie made from this book, right? Doesn't it look profound? Like, profound in a way that will change your life. Or maybe it's just me. I had really high hopes for this book, and therein lies my mistake. To have expectations is to be disappointed. I know that, but I really, really wanted this book to make me cry and laugh and feel all those things that a profound book, a really amazing, once in a lifetime book can make you feel. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the author to drop the bomb, to blow my mind. But, alas, there was no big life changing event in this book.
Now that that's out of my system, let me tell you what I did like about this book. I love the way it was written, how it just sort of ends all of a sudden and before you know it you're in another story. I love when authors do crazy things like that. I also like that the sci-fi parts of the book aren't so far out there that you feel like you need to read a whole other book just to understand the background. I like that he switches genres many time throughout the book. And all of the characters are engaging and well developed. There is a different narrator for each section of the book. That was genius, otherwise you would get completely lost in all the stories.
So maybe there is a little bit of a point to the book. I think I can tell you what it is without giving too much away. Ok, here it is. We are all connected and we're all in this together. Is your mind blown now? Yeah. Mine neither. So read this book for what it is, and don't expect too much, otherwise you will end up cynical and bitter, just like me.
Vocabulary is ridiculously hard to listen to while driving. Only listened to 30 minutes of it and called it quits. I really wanted to like it too because it looks so original.
The intital stories were engaging but really felt strained towards the end.
probably, in a weak moment
Narrators were good, but the poor one trying to read the stories in pigeon english didin't stand much of a chance.
It is and I have with a similar result.
May work for many, just not this listener.
This was an excellent read. Stories that spanned the 1800's and into the future.All intertwinined in unusual ways. A good selection of readers that created a homogenous narration.
Sonmi-451, her Interview is very compelling, but to say more would be a spoiler.Really all six characters provide interesting personalities that would create a challenging void if not voiced in the story.
The climb to the observatories has so many different elements that I listened to it twice.
Sonmi-451 very sad
Timothy Canendish had to chuckle.
It is a very good read, worth the time and the effort.
This book was ok....a little hard to follow audibly due to how it jumps around from story to story and narrator to narrator. The author's creativity and story telling was very good, but I felt the book lacked the impact he intended it to have. The message was good but the delivery method droned on at points. I was bored for long stretches and when I did get engaged in the story the engaging sections were not very long. Maybe the movie will be better.
So, I was wondering what the point was & in the end I got it all laid out for me. A moral preaching. I thought there was an error in the recording when suddenly the first section just cut off in mid-sentence (could never figure out what the purpose of that was). Despite these oddities, I really enjoyed the book. It's engaging, keeps you wondering.
Sure. It was interesting how each story took some time to understand what was going on and what was being said.
No other book compares with any in my library.
The multiple narrators kept the story fresh and interesting. Although I did have some difficulty listing to story 6's narrator.
Timothy Cavendish. Most funny story in the book.
This was an interesting read for someone who has patience. I am looking forward to "hearing" the song, Cloud Atlas Sextet in the movie. Also, maybe the movie can clarify some parts of the book.
I would highly recommend it due to the variated writing style. Listeners will have a favorite story/narrator which is delightful enough to outweigh the least favorite. I thought the narration for Zach'ry's story was distracting with the heavily accented style. I get the purpose of it, but ending every sentence with "yeah?" was a bit much. But that's my only annoyance with this production.
The different writing styles. It's imaginative and keeps your attention. You have to stay focused.
Yes. I recently finished Gone Girl with Kirby Heyborne. He's not as lively as the others, but I think he did as well as he could with the accent/material.
Nothing really. I just have a personal tic against the accent in Zach'ry's story. It made it difficult to stay focused on the story. Plus I listen at 1.5-2x speed and that was almost impossible with all the extra words.
There is a ton of reference material available. I found it helpful to read the reference material after each of the first 5 chapters. It gave me a better grounding in the story and allowed me to focus on the nature of the audiobook instead of constantly going back when I got a bit lost.
I haven't seen the movie yet; I wanted to finish the book before doing so. Also, I'm going to make the assumption that you understand the basic nested-story premise of the book. Each individual story is excellent: well-narrated, solid story telling, a joy to listen to.
The challenge, however, for me, was in listening to it, as opposed to reading it, I fear I may have lost some of the subtle nuances that connect each "novella" to each other, and to me, the big mystery of this book (and why I downloaded it) is that almost invisible structure that connects one story to the next.
I've downloaded and listened to a lot of audiobooks. I'm a big fan of them, but this may be the first one I've listened to where, despite the solid writing and the solid narrations from ALL narrators, that I may have been better served reading it.
However, if you want six, very interesting stories and are not as concerned about what connects one to the other, then please download.
Bottom line: very good listen, but the audio format may not be best for the subtleties in the text.
Enjoy, either way!
The story is not bad, but having lived in New Zealand, the performance pronunciation of "maori" made me cringe ever time it was spoken (which was often). Something to be said for taking the time to figure out pronunciation of local words....