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 civilization: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.
In his captivating third novel, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre, and time to offer a meditation on humanity's dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.
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©2004 David Mitchell; (P)2004 Random House Audio
"[Mitchell's] exuberant, Nabokovian delight in word play; his provocative grapplings with the great unknowables; and most of all his masterful storytelling: all coalesce to make Cloud Atlas an exciting, almost overwhelming masterpiece." (Washington Times)
"[Cloud Atlas] glows with a fizzy, dizzy energy, pregnant with possibility and whispering in your ear: listen closely to a story, any story, and you'll hear another story inside it, eager to meet the world." (The Village Voice)
"A remarkable book....It knits together science fiction, political thriller, and historical pastiche with musical virtuosity and linguistic exuberance: there won't be a bigger, bolder novel next year." (The Guardian)
There were a few stories that were hard to follow, but overall it was a good listen.
Due to the nature of the story and and the 'jumps' in the story line, changes in gramer and context that follows the shifts in the story line, it is quite a bit easier and more enjoyable to listen to this audio than trying to read the book.
After seeing the film first, I enjoyed the book much more
This was a wonderful story unlike any I had ever read before. The multiple story lines and characters asked me to think about our society in a completely different light than I ever had before. David Mitchell is astounding in the subtle ways he brings out the similarities of our past with what could be our future. This was beautifully written and I can't wait to read it again.
Yes but it requires patience and concentration to follow a great story.
The transitions back and forth to the future and the past.
When it was revealed that Dr. Goose was a fraud.
Although I have seen mixed reviews on the movie version, I will see it to compare it with the book.
I'm just this guy, y'know?
This was a very enjoyable and well-written book. Personally I would recommend reading the book before seeing the movie, although the movie was a very faithful and interesting interpretation. I just wish that I had read the book first so that I had more understanding of the depth of the fictional universe.
Following the souls through time is a fascinating idea and I think it's very well-executed.
The story in Cloud Atlas is great, and while every story is archetypal, there all very good.
Well, the individual stories compare well to other books, but few other books have such contrasting and stark narratives. The stories set in the distant future are straight Huxley, where as those set in the 19th and early 20th century remind me a lot of David Liss.
Varied, well done
I did not have an extreme reaction. Laugh? Sometimes. I really liked the Somni (sp, audio book) chapters set in the distant future. I thought, by and large, they were great totalitarian future imperfect stories.
There are 5 or 6 narrators in this book and only the Louisa Ray narrator stands out as being bad, in my opinion. For chapters that should be filled with over-emphasis, like an airport bookstore mystery novel, they're read like a computer program. Although that was probably my least favorite section in the book anyway, because it kept going on and on... But from the very start I didn't like how that chapter was read, too sterile, without the right pacing. But, otherwise, the book is very well read.
I'd listen again to tie all the pieces together, after I see the movie.
The turns in the second halves of the stories.
Each narrator gave their own time and setting to the story.
YES .....there is so much in this book that you have to listen to it again. I like that they have different actors reading each part of the book. I feel it makes the stories have greater depth.
I really like the last two stories in the book
Yes the book "Thirteen"
read the book or listen to it but don't pass it up
Better in many ways. I have both the print and listened. Having the different stories read by different performers really helped. And the language flows well.
Sonmi-451. It was the most gripping story, and I sympathized with her the most.
Timothy Cavendish was another great character. His story was well done and very funny, though completely different.
They all are very good stories on their own and different.
Sonmi and the statue of Siddharta
Wonderful puzzle of a book, interweaving the six very good stories in simple and complex ways.
It took me a while before I realized that the 451 in Sonmi-451 was a harkening to Fahrenheit 451 classic.
Yes, definitely. The range of expression and the choice of voice actors for the various stories really brought the characters to life. The singsong phrasing of Zachry's story was particularly fun to listen to.
It's tough, but I think I liked Timothy Cavendish the best. His sense of humor and self importance worked well to give his story a welcome break from the seriousness of the stories on either side.
Each narrator was really well suited to the character for their respective stories. They brought a depth to the book that I might not have found just reading the text.
If anybody asks me why I listen to audiobooks rather than read the text versions, all I have to do is direct them to this one. This is a great combination of a wonderful book and absolutely first-class narration that makes the whole more than the sum of the parts. This is easily one of the best audiobooks out there, and I can't recommend it enough.
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