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Cloud Atlas Audiobook

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)

What Members Say

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    Alan Amissville, VA, United States 10-20-07
    Alan Amissville, VA, United States 10-20-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Pretentious but brilliant"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Margo Newnan, GA, USA 08-03-05
    Margo Newnan, GA, USA 08-03-05
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    "still waiting. ."

    half way thru listening to part two, and still waiting for the "good" part!! yawn.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Penny B 03-12-13
    Penny B 03-12-13
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    "Huh?"
    Would you try another book from David Mitchell and/or the narrators?

    Dunno if I would. What's the author's other books like?


    What could David Mitchell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If all the chapters could have been connected, I might have figured out what the book was about


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Loved the accents, emphasis, acting...all well done for the characters they represented.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. Each story was okay by itself, but as a collective, I have no idea what it was about.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BeijInga Norway 02-19-13
    BeijInga Norway 02-19-13 Member Since 2013

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    "High expectation"
    Where does Cloud Atlas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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...


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I liked them.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hendersonville, NC, United States 01-09-13
    Amazon Customer Hendersonville, NC, United States 01-09-13 Listener Since 2008

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    "A Masterpiece!"
    If you could sum up Cloud Atlas in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, unique, thought provoking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All six narrators were brilliant!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Robert Frobisher was my favorite character and his story had a sad ending.


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite Frobisher quote: “Whoever opined, “Money can’t buy happiness,” obviously had too much of the stuff.”

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kayla Denver, CO, United States 12-28-12
    Kayla Denver, CO, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gorgeous story, gorgeous performance"
    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite recent reads/listens. The story is fantastically absorbing, and the performance is truly stellar.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 12-28-12
    Jason 12-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Dense story with a strong message"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Lloyd Aberdeen WA 12-20-12
    Debbie Lloyd Aberdeen WA 12-20-12 Member Since 2016

    Debbie

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    "A little hard to follow"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    There were a few stories that were hard to follow, but overall it was a good listen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D Surprise, az United States 12-13-12
    D Surprise, az United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "An excellent listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cloud Atlas to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    After seeing the film first, I enjoyed the book much more

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 12-10-12
    Jennifer 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Epic and thought provoking on so many levels"
    What made the experience of listening to Cloud Atlas the most enjoyable?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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