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.
Say something about yourself!
Tedious language. Annoying narrator. I've listened to more than 100 books of all sorts, but this one was unlistenable. I only made it 30 minutes, so it may have gotten better, but I wasn't willing to invest more time.
This is an interesting book ... I think you either really like or you don't. This is in the top 1/3rd of what I have listened to.
This is the first.
Loved the narration. It really helped with the different stories ... and I particularly like the last segment on Hawaii. Intriguing.
I have a tough time seeing how a film of this book would work. And based on the previews on TV, I am not confident that it will turn out well.
As others have noted, this is actually a series of short stories ... some are connected better than others.
No, probably not another book by David Mitchell. The narrators were good though. I was impressed with the variety of language that Mitchell was able to use, but I was not a fan of his style of writing and the story wasn't really for me either.
I was hoping for a bit more on the idea that all of the characters were connected in some way. I felt that this part was lacking. I don't really know how to explain it. I think I was hoping for more of a sci-fi view of things, but I this seemed to be more of a drama.
All narrators were good. They made it easy to determine which character you were listening to and I think they added to the the way I interpreted each character.
No, I probably would have chosen another book.
I'm a little puzzled by people who think this book is a "difficult" read. The only section that I found somewhat challenging was the post-apocalyptic era story, where the narrator uses a pigdin dialect of English. I soon got used to it, though.
Literary fiction is not my usual cup of tea because I find that rather than tell an engrossing story, the writers spend too much time on elegant prose. But this is a marvelous example of gorgeous prose married with superb storytelling. There's drama, adventure, romance, tragedy--even moments when it's laugh-out-loud funny.
I loved the characters, I loved the subtle and overt ways that the six sections connected to each other. I loved how the power storytelling itself is a recurring theme, as each subsequent character experiences the story of the previous one in some form--a journal, letters, musical composition, a novel, a movie, etc,
The performances are top-rate. It just doesn't get better than this when it comes to audiobooks.
thoughtful, exciting, interesting.
While the beginning was a little slow, each story picks up and the second half of the books is absolutely amazing.
The 6th story takes place in a post apocalypse and is as interesting as it is thought out.