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.
I should have said it resembles tea.
Definately a challenging read - especially at first. Is the first audio book I've ever listened to where I think it would be easier to read in print. If the premise (or the movie) look interesting to you, stick with it for a while - it is very challenging at first but improves as you move through the different stories.
I'm not sure. When I started listening to it, I thought it would be something that I could follow. It was a miss mash, and I didn't know what was going on, I thought WTF! Then thought I must listen to the rest to see what is going on, just when I thought I knew, I found that I didn't! I don't know who could follow the plot? I sure couldn't.
Connect the stories so that it made sense
I liked a couple of the chapters, that's when I thought I knew what was going on, and then found out that I didn't
Many, many, many friends, readers, reviewers, media outlets told me I would like this book. I did not. It took two attempts to get going on this work, years apart, as the first one was aborted for the reasons that one places a book down when one is 25% through it. You are bored with it. Something better comes in front of your eyes and you want to read that instead or whatever. Nonetheless people kept telling me to read it, or read David Mitchell. So I thought I would try it again. I am not sad that i did. Nor is this one of those cases where i would like the twenty some odd hours that i spent listening to it back. Rather, I would just like to present a dissenting voice to those that have been recommended to read/listen to this book.
First off let me say that Mitchell is a writer of intelligence and with significant literary gifts. That said, I feel like this book, while being well written, intricately structured and novel in its form, is, nonetheless devoid of what it is i enjoy most about literature. By the end of the book i just felt cheated. Cheated, because Mitchell can write, but chose to beat me over the head with a blunt tool, instead of using the other end of it to carve out a rich world that had depth to it. There are 6 narratives in this book that are only superficially connected. I say superficially as the way in which DM binds them is ultimately meaningless, so that what one is left with 6 independent novellas. Some are better than others, but for the most part they are all well written; some are even enjoyable. Mitchell spans aeons, styles, genres, in each of these independent novellas. But the books weakness is it's inability to tie these disparate facets together in way that is meaningful and not just literary slight of hand.