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)
Really enjoyed this all the way through. I agree with other reviewers that the linkages between stories were rather weak, but as stand-alone efforts they showcase a flair for different writing styles while still maintaining some thematic unity.
The only disappointing part was the story line read by Cassandra Campbell. The woman cannot read - a nasally monotone and several glaring mispronunciations ruined an otherwise stellar cast of readers. The reader for the Zachr'y segment was outstanding and probably made the audio version miles better than the printed version - which only underscored the weakness of Campbell's reading.
Dunno if I would. What's the author's other books like?
If all the chapters could have been connected, I might have figured out what the book was about
Loved the accents, emphasis, acting...all well done for the characters they represented.
Yes. Each story was okay by itself, but as a collective, I have no idea what it was about.
Reader in Norway.
This was my first experience with audio books from Audible, and the experience was good. I liked it that different people read the voices in the different chapters. They accents were appropriate and the way they spoke, the words they used, helped create the illusion of being in the past or in the future.
The ending came very quickly and suddenly it was all over. I think I expected something more to happen to tie it all together, something more than the letters and music, etc. In stead it kind of fizzled out...
I have not, but I liked them.
Honestly, I have no idea, that's maybe the reasons the movie has failed too. I've seen the trailer and it's 10 minutes long, totally confusing if you dont know a little of what it's about.
The books is worth the read, but I have 25 other books I'd recommend before recommending this one. It's a very long book, so I got value for my money at Audible as I bought it with my free welcoming credits. It was a good way to learn how to use Audible.
Awesome, unique, thought provoking.
I liked all six of the stories and they way they were arranged, the first half of five stories with the middle story whole, then the other half of the first five in reverse order.
All six narrators were brilliant!
Robert Frobisher was my favorite character and his story had a sad ending.
My favorite Frobisher quote: “Whoever opined, “Money can’t buy happiness,” obviously had too much of the stuff.”
One of my favorite recent reads/listens. The story is fantastically absorbing, and the performance is truly stellar.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It maintained a strong message throughout and was very well written. By largely using journal entries and autobiography to tell the story, an incredible amount of setting detail is conveyed in relatively few words. My only complaint is that there was some vaguely supernatural stuff that really didn't strike me as necessary and nothing really came of it.
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.
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