The story was engaging and enthralling. The performances were done by a different actor for each story arc, giving the strong sense of jumping forward and backward, as the story does.
While it is not a book, the Movie Memento (2000) has a similar plot arrangement wherein the story is not told A to B but rather meets in the middle.
The ordeal of Timothy Cavandish was a laugh riot and an exciting escape story.
I've never been good with names but Cloud Atlas is spot on.
I started out reading the book version of Cloud Atlas, but after skimming a bit and seeing that the Audible version had a variety of narrators, decided that it would be more enjoyable to listen to the different voices--and it was! Some of the narrators are better than others, but in general they tell the story well. In fact, I enjoyed the story so very very much that I'm now reading the paper version. The story--stories, actually--are interwoven with a sure, but delicate, hand. Author David Mitchell is a genius!
This was a very good book and having a cast of voice actors reading each section of the book was a good choice. I did not find the time jumps confusing, but I knew they would happen.
If you love the English language and all of its great authors, you will love this book and this audio performance. I can only compare this to Moby Dick in its complexity or Charles Dickens in its story telling. The audio recording would have delighted Orson Wells. What is wonderful about this book is that it moves along at a nice clip, with stories that make you laugh out loud or gasp. Your mind is intoxicated. I am half way through the book and my greatest fear is that the book will end and I will have to rejoin the real world.
David Mitchell is a genius, the actors superb.
One of my favs!
I would compare Cloud Atlas to Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 becuase of its sci-fi flair and excellent characterizations.
I would take Adam Ewing because of his humanity.
Yes, it was fun and thought provoking to listen to.
Ms. Rey because I liked her tenacity!
Strange pronunciation of words like Maori, but pretty interesting use of Hawaiian style pigeon.
It could happen!
I saw the movie after listening to the book, and it would have sucked if I dod not already know what was going on from the book.
What then, of human nature?
The revelation of Sonmi's setup. I should have have seen natural building of power (and consequently, the building of suppression) but I am too optimistic at heart. It was like civilization finally came to EMBRACE human nature for all of it's evil. I was not ready for that reality-- although fictional. It's profound.
I absolutely loved Robert Frobisher... he was eccentric, reflective, and deeply moving.
I must say, I loved Cloud Atlas. Each of the six stories was well written and engaging, and I loved that each was written in a completely different genre and that each had a unique style. How the stories linked together was not obvious, but they all dealt with some sort of prejudice, and they all had a protagonist fighting against enormous odds. That being said, this might not be for everyone because, I as I mentioned, the things that tie the story together are not obvious. Also, the author stops each story at a midpoint, just as things couldn't seem to get any worse, before completing it later in the book, which can be disconcerting.
I'm terrible with character names, and it is difficult to pick a single favorite character from six stories, but I particularly liked the clone from the future, both because she faced so much overt prejudice with her unique dignity, and because she had to travel so far as a person in order to transform into her final self.
One of the most amazing books I've ever read. I have been listening with audible, but following along on my Nook. Not because the story is unintelligible but because I don't want to miss a single nuance. I love these characters, some of them because they are so loveable, some of the precisely because they are not. The author's use of language is masterful, the story well crafted.
I read the book after seeing the movie. I love them both, for entirely different reasons. The movie is a visual treat and tells the stories very well. But the movie lacks the grace and nuance of the book. Yes, grace. This book is not graceful, but does have its own grace and beauty.
Thanks to the earlier reviewers who warned about the mid-chapter cut-offs as each of the six stories transition from one to the other -- especially the first one. I would have spent a hour trying to figure out how I screwed up the download or accidentally hit something on my MP3 when the first character stops speaking mid-sentence. And, it's true that the first character takes some patience, but stick with him.
One reviewer said the story goes like this 6 5 4 3 2 1 2 3 4 5 6, and that was so helpful for me. (Sorry, I can't remember who you are to give you attribution.) It was so helpful that I'm repeating it for potential readers.
Have faith, dear reader, it all comes together as each story progresses.
This is one that's stuck with me long after I finished it, and in fact, I'm considering grabbing the book (the one with paper pages) to see what it's like with words on the page.
I have no idea how on earth they've made this into a movie because the book is remarkable.