Maybe. There may be more
Great British accent. He also made a convincing academic and brought some emotion to what could have been dry text.
The music at the end and beginning of each chapter grows old.
Purchased Cloud Atlas on a whim, having never heard of David Mitchell and having no idea of the upcoming movie, and supremely glad that I did. The novel, or more accurately, the 6 interrelated short stories had me captivated immediately.
The structure of the book is such that each story appears in chronologic order interrupting, usually abruptly, the story preceding it until climaxing with the sixth story in full. Each story is then revisited and resolved in the reverse sequence to which it had originally appeared. This twist on story telling, which by the author's own admission is either "revolutionary or gimmicky", is a pleasant change from your typical story formats.
Each story is singular in place, time period and voice. From an 1850's merchant vessel in the South Pacific to a post-apocalyptic Hawaiian tribe in the distant future. This allows the book to encompass a variety of genres: historical fiction, pulp fiction, mystery, and science fiction. So, whatever your brand of whiskey is, you're more than apt to be satisfied here.
The author impressively adapts his writing style and dialect to the time periods and genre of each individual story. At first this may present the reader (or listener) with some challenges, but I believe you'll find you adapt quickly. It also allows each narrator to shine - and shine they do! The narration of this book is among the best you'll ever hear with each author bringing their unique skill and style to the table. The end result is not unlike a quilt where each unique patch is weaved together into a cohesive whole.
While the narrative itself is not too complex, there is certainly more going on in this story than meets the eye. Cloud Atlas is not short on layers and meanings. One of the first things I did after finishing this book was look up reviews and analysis from other readers to see if they picked up on subtler plot lines that I may have missed. I really appreciate a book that makes me do this.
In closing, I highly recommend this book. Note that, like most books, there is mature subject matter and some disturbing content. That said, I really enjoyed this book. Go read (or listen) to it before the movie comes out!
As someone who knew little about Steve Jobs, this book really opened my eyes to the complexity behind the man. Part genius, part jerk, and always entertaining.
The narrator did a fine job. It took a while to get used to his voice, but after a few chapters it wasn't an issue.
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