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....
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.