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Cathi

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  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3050)
    Performance
    (2259)
    Story
    (2266)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "separate stories mingled like puzzle pieces"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Each story was interesting in its own right. But a little of one story is told, then another, then another, then back to part of another, and so on, with no segue or transition. All through, as a treader, I was trying to find the thing that tied the stories together, expecting some time traveler or library in a sci-fi setting to put all of the puzzle pieces together into one beautifully woven story or theme. But no. It's just a bunch of separate short stories, broken into pieces, and scattered through to make it big enough to be a novel. If there is something that ties these separate puzzles into one, I completely missed it. I think I would have rated all of the stories, except for the Puritan one, highly. But my expectation that they would tie together somehow left me feeling very disappointed at the end.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrators were wonderful.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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