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Cloud Atlas | [David Mitchell]

Cloud Atlas

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: This is an ingenious novel composed of six embedded stories interconnected with subtle nuance and utter finesse. Brilliant prose, sharp social criticism, and six distinct narratives combine to make this a superb listen. The varying narrations provide unique tones and voices for each story, perfectly mimicking Mitchell's writing. I'd have given Mitchell the Booker Prize for this. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

From David Mitchell, the Booker Prize nominee, award-winning writer, and one of the featured authors in Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2003 issue, comes his highly anticipated third novel, a work of mind-bending imagination and scope.

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.

This audiobook is available exclusively as an audio download!

Note to customers: The complicated format of this novel makes it seem that the audio may be cutting off before the end of a story, accompanied by a change in narrator. However, this is the author's intention, so please continue to listen, and the stories will conclude themselves as intended.

©2004 David Mitchell; (P)2004 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Literary Fiction

"[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)

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    James Aroma Park, IL, United States 09-17-12
    James Aroma Park, IL, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Unique and unforgettable book"
    Where does Cloud Atlas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten


    What other book might you compare Cloud Atlas to and why?

    Does not compare with other books I usually enjoy


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Our lives effect others, in the past, present and future


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Plainfield, IL, United States 09-04-12
    Eric Plainfield, IL, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Mindbending and Magical"
    What made the experience of listening to Cloud Atlas the most enjoyable?

    The story was amazingly compelling with fantastic voice-acting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'd have to go with Sonmi~451, it was truly a fascinating story but they were all so great.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I loved them all.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Sparks, NY, United States 08-19-12
    John Sparks, NY, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2008

    NV, not NY

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    "5 stars for 5"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie San Jose, CA, United States 08-16-12
    Julie San Jose, CA, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Challenging, but worth it"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda Rains Bonchack Akron, Ohio 08-01-12
    Lynda Rains Bonchack Akron, Ohio 08-01-12 Member Since 2007

    Relaine

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    "Unexpected and Addictive"

    I chose this book because I loved Jacob Zoet and wanted to see what else this author had to offer.
    Oh Boy! Six individual yet related stories wrapped around each other.
    When the first break came I thought my MP3 had glitched. Many tries to reset resulted in the same glitch so I went on line and researched the synopsis of the book:
    I became totally intrigued.

    David Mitchell takes you on a journey from the 1850's to the unknown future and back again through six stories each "interrupted" by the other, but each totally dependant upon the completion of their predessor to come to their own fruition. A Dagwood sandwich of individual lives and events.

    A different narrator for each story allows the listener to segment and reserve the personality of each primary character and thus when the resume comes into play, to recall where we left off before the " interruption".
    Brilliant!

    The stories each have a genre and personality of their own that bleeds into the next installment of a fantastic history of perhaps the same soul in many lives.
    19th century, early 20th century, late 20th century, futuristic 21st century, pre-apocalyptic and finally post-apocalyptic lives that each reach forward and backwards to themselves.

    I have to say Timothy Cavendish and his riduculous ordeal was by far my favourite story. I laughed and laughed, and wanted so very much for him to prevail.
    However the apex or center story of a post apocalyptic future in the islands of Hawaii is a lesson in the cycle of life and of man's ability to return to his most agressive and tyranical instincts to bring about his own destruction. A great read for the historical fiction lover and the sci-fi addict. I happen to be both. Try it - it's more than worth the credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Billie Oakland, CA, United States 06-23-12
    Billie Oakland, CA, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2011

    nerdly sparkly goodness

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    "This is my very favorite book..."

    ...and my very favorite audiobook. I had already read the book three times when I listened to it, and was delighted that I learned and noticed new twists and details about the story, characters and 'meta-story'. The performances are perfect.

    I'm a little bit envious of those who haven't yet read or listened to this book - there's nothing else like it, and you're in for an engrossing, entertaining, and transformative experience. Seriously.

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    Ron Boca Raton, FL, United States 01-08-11
    Ron Boca Raton, FL, United States 01-08-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Well written, but not very cohesive"

    I enjoyed the book, but didn't love it. David Mitchell is a great writer, but like Salman Rushdie, he sometimes writes prose that just wanders, and with no particular relation to the story or the character. I loved Mitchell's recent book, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, but for me, this one misses the mark.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John P. Arnold 05-08-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting but flamboyant"

    I found the stories entertaining, with some interesting visuals and even funny situations. Frankly though, and I don't mean to insult my intelligence, I found the author’s writing style hard to follow, and rather flamboyant at times. The author's use of the English language is quite impressive, but does he have to make a delivery effort to make it difficult to understand?

    This audio book is very difficult listen when it shouldn't. The stories are at times interesting, but frankly not too exciting, hence the need to be flamboyant.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 06-19-06
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 06-19-06 Member Since 2005

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Brillant"

    I absolutly loved this book. It was a bit confusing at first, but I couldn't stop listening to it. It was captivating, and beautifully written. The narrators really added alot to the story the were great. The language was so elegant and rich, it will be a hard act to follow.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cor Irvine, CA, United States 11-22-05
    Cor Irvine, CA, United States 11-22-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Interesting and Confusing"

    The short stories are interesting and some of them even fascinating, especially considering they have a such different styles and settings. What ultimately confused and even irritated me was the way the author tried to connect the stories. The stories really do not have anything in common (other than the author) and the attempt to relate them to each other seemed artificial and confusing (especially in the audio format).

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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