I enjoyed the unique plot, individual stories, and the subtle/not-so-subtle plot connections between characters. I note some reviewers were concerned about losing details in the audio version. I may have missed a couple, but didn't find it a problem overall. Very well written, interesting use of language, and great performances. I recommend!
Kowalski, someone's looking at my profile. Find them. Rico, time for boom boom. Private, send the family a funeral bouquet.
The moral of the story seems to be, "isn't it horrible how terrible people are to each other. It never changes, but maybe if we all could take a step back and really see the big picture we would get to together and build a better world."
Yes, the multiple narrators added to the overarching themes.
100 Years of Solitude. It had big themes told across multiple story lines
The various readers made me forget sometimes that the characters aren't real.
The story starts a little slow, but give it a chance - it is worth it to stay till the end!
One thing I wish other reviews had said - yes, one section does indeed end in the middle of a sentence. I have never read a hard copy which would have made this obvious, so I was certain something was wrong with my copy, which is not the case!
I loved how each story was done by a different narrator to match the different style the author chose for that party of the novel. The narrator's matched the tone of the story so well. The author does a great job of slowly revealing his point through these amazingly nested stories.
The connections between stories and even the explanations of why they pause and move onto the next story were very clever, almost effortless. You feel connected to each character and the author weaves his themes throughout time. In the beginning the stories are just enjoyable but you aren't sure where the author is going with it all. Yet his arcs get clearer and clearer until he pulls it all together nicely at the end. Wow.
Absolutely. The central chapter, written in a Hawaiian post-apocalyptic dialect, is very challenging in print and makes much more sense when heard. The varying readers do an excellent job portraying the varied tone and generations of the sections.
The punchline of sorts to the end of the Somni story.
This book is dense and literary. The audio may make it more accessible. The first six chapters end mid-way, but this is the design of the book.
Does not compare with other books I usually enjoy
Our lives effect others, in the past, present and future
The story was amazingly compelling with fantastic voice-acting.
I'd have to go with Sonmi~451, it was truly a fascinating story but they were all so great.
I loved them all.
NV, not NY
This novel is comprised of five very distinct stories all incorporating the theme, as Dr. Goose put it, "the weak are meat and the strong eat." The stories are wedding cake tiered upon each other meaning 4 of the stories are split into 2 parts with only the 5th, top tier, being told from beginning to end. Readers beware that the first story ends in the middle of a sentence so that you'll think something is wrong with the recording. None of the other stories do that.
Two of the stories are voiced with English accents, which I found a liitle disconcerting for the first several minutes, but I soon became accustomed. Actually, I was compelled to pay attention to the conversation (mostly first person narrative) due shearly to the fact that David Mitchell is so witty, humorous, and cleaver, I didn't want to miss anything.
I've never heard anything like the top tier story told from a Pacific Islander point of view. The Pidgen English of this narrative was also a little disconcerting at first, but after awhile I found myself marveling at the amazing vocabulary the author put together to pull this off. It must have taken an enormous amount of time and research.
I picked this book due to the good reviews and I'll pass it forward, though not for anyone looking for a light read.
I listened to Cloud Atlas and think it's a 5-star book with 5-star narration. That said, I don't think it's likely to please everyone. In fact, now I need to read the book to put some things together that went by too quickly in the spoken version. The novel is structured as a series of loosely related stories, which start, are interrupted, and then conclude. The characters are very interesting, and some appear more than once. My favorite character is Zachry, an islander living in post-apocalyptic Hawaii. Some of the characters/stories are a little tiresome. For me, those are the Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish and Letters from Zedelghem. A movie adaptation is supposed to be released in late October this year.
You might want to read the wiki article for a non-spoiler roadmap before you tackle this one.