Fascinating layout, gripping stories and a virtuoso comand of the language made this the most enjoyable book I've encountered in a long time.
The future as predicted by the past through a series of what initially do not seem to be very inter-connected stories but that do lead to the post-science world of Zachry in Hawaii. The message of the need to heed our humanity and tolerate our differences is told in a remarkable weaving of stories loosely but very cogently interconnected occurring from the 1850's through to a distant (or maybe not so distant?) future. The readers are all incredibly talented and add greatly to the enjoyment of the novel.
No. My impression is his perceptions are thin, and he is captive to a world view / cultural identity (liberal) which blinds him for truly perceptive and creative work. Nothing wrong with the identity, but the author needs to move beyond it's limitations if he is going to offer anything really interesting, inspiring or creative. Section 3 was so trite I wanted to scream.
No, my assumption is this author is just limited in his abilities.
This was multi-narrator book. They all do a very good job.
The entire 3rd segment is insipid and thin. It relies on superficial tropes about corporate conspiracy and evil doing that is unbelievable. I couldn't bear it. Don't just give me a rehash construct of cultural war perspectives. Give me something that is truly observant of our world, of life, of human nature and of people. I can do with out the superficial rehash of the liberal culture war. It isn't the fact that it is liberal. I would be just as harsh on such a silly effort by someone captive to the conservative agenda. It isn't what I read fiction for. I get enough of this garbage in the news and general media, don't want it
One of the more disappointing titles I have ever experienced from Audible. Some others have been a little flat or boring, had other limits. But given the reviews for this I expected a lot more. Note sure why people think this one is particularly interesting. Found it quite shallow, predictable, and thin.
Warning this book contains liberal propaganda.
I suppose in that light, it's actually quite amusing the book is written in stories that cut off (some of them mid-sentence) without any transition or connection and a new story begins (in the middle). Complete confusion which all pieces together into nothing (but don't worry, they will tell you, at the very end, what they want it to mean).
When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!
Got the book after seeing the first trailer for the movie of the same name being release in October 2012. It can be a difficult story to follow at times requiring careful listening, or relistening, but I found it well worth the effort. Many things are left unanswered at the end of the book, an interesting twist the author has given his reader. Such a bold collection of stories, perhaps intertwined or not. Part of the pleasure of Cloud Atlas for me was completing in my own mind the canvas the author has boldly created and placed in front of me.
As always, very good narrators read a very good book! Thanks Audible. This is a book I expect I will be relistening to again (and likely several more times after that.)
This book was a total waste of my money and I am not happy about it. Audible was showing this sterling review of it and I got sucked into buy it.
I liked a couple of the sub-stories, but I wanted more of each of the six sub-stories and instead they were simply strung together. In other words, it had was well done in terms of craft (rich, quality descriptions; entertaining narratives), but I was left a little unsatisfied for some reason. Not quite sure why. And even though it was really well done, it wasn't good enough that I would re-read it. I will see the movie, though. :)
Yes, only because its major theme is an important one across history (power and predation between humans) and one that I personally find significant.
I want to give this book 5 stars- I really do. The plot(s) is really interesting. I cannot wait to get into my car in the morning and hear what happens next. I love the whimsical travel through time and the birthmark and plot lines that connect the characters. And the actors are amazing- really felt like each story was narrated by its writer.
But sad to say, the book has a political undertone- not very pronounced and heavier near the end- that was not necessary and left a bad taste in my mouth. Instead of focusing on the struggles of mankind throughout history and in the future, the book teeters on becoming a socialist/anti-capitalist manifesto. The author infused his ideology into this book through unnecessary snide comments and a completely one-sided portrayal of corporations in the Louisa Ray story.
That said, I still had to finish it!
Really enjoyed this all the way through. I agree with other reviewers that the linkages between stories were rather weak, but as stand-alone efforts they showcase a flair for different writing styles while still maintaining some thematic unity.
The only disappointing part was the story line read by Cassandra Campbell. The woman cannot read - a nasally monotone and several glaring mispronunciations ruined an otherwise stellar cast of readers. The reader for the Zachr'y segment was outstanding and probably made the audio version miles better than the printed version - which only underscored the weakness of Campbell's reading.