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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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
"[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)
Warning this book contains liberal propaganda.
I suppose in that light, it's actually quite amusing the book is written in stories that cut off (some of them mid-sentence) without any transition or connection and a new story begins (in the middle). Complete confusion which all pieces together into nothing (but don't worry, they will tell you, at the very end, what they want it to mean).
When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!
Got the book after seeing the first trailer for the movie of the same name being release in October 2012. It can be a difficult story to follow at times requiring careful listening, or relistening, but I found it well worth the effort. Many things are left unanswered at the end of the book, an interesting twist the author has given his reader. Such a bold collection of stories, perhaps intertwined or not. Part of the pleasure of Cloud Atlas for me was completing in my own mind the canvas the author has boldly created and placed in front of me.
As always, very good narrators read a very good book! Thanks Audible. This is a book I expect I will be relistening to again (and likely several more times after that.)
This book was a total waste of my money and I am not happy about it. Audible was showing this sterling review of it and I got sucked into buy it.
I liked a couple of the sub-stories, but I wanted more of each of the six sub-stories and instead they were simply strung together. In other words, it had was well done in terms of craft (rich, quality descriptions; entertaining narratives), but I was left a little unsatisfied for some reason. Not quite sure why. And even though it was really well done, it wasn't good enough that I would re-read it. I will see the movie, though. :)
Yes, only because its major theme is an important one across history (power and predation between humans) and one that I personally find significant.
I want to give this book 5 stars- I really do. The plot(s) is really interesting. I cannot wait to get into my car in the morning and hear what happens next. I love the whimsical travel through time and the birthmark and plot lines that connect the characters. And the actors are amazing- really felt like each story was narrated by its writer.
But sad to say, the book has a political undertone- not very pronounced and heavier near the end- that was not necessary and left a bad taste in my mouth. Instead of focusing on the struggles of mankind throughout history and in the future, the book teeters on becoming a socialist/anti-capitalist manifesto. The author infused his ideology into this book through unnecessary snide comments and a completely one-sided portrayal of corporations in the Louisa Ray story.
That said, I still had to finish it!
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.”
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