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Cloud Atlas Audiobook

Cloud Atlas

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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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    AP 07-31-17
    AP 07-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating read"

    A thoroughly enjoyable read for me, although I can certainly see that it wouldn't be for everyone. The fact that it spans six genres is, by itself, an aspect of the novel that probably makes it less accessible. And I'll admit that some story arcs were weaker than others. But there are so many outstanding moments as well, and each character has a distinct and memorable voice. The overarching story, in the end, is even greater than the sum of its parts.

    As for the audiobook, I couldn't be happier. Performances range from good to outstanding; my favorite is Richard Matthews'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam 10-04-17
    Pam 10-04-17
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    "Problem with the end of chapter 2!!!!! Please fix. "

    Problem with the end of chapter 2!!!!! Please fix. Why do I need 15 words??

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    Daniel 09-29-17
    Daniel 09-29-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Skip this book"

    The narration was good but this is my least favorite audio book I have ever purchased. Thee story was not worth the time.

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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 09-20-17
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 09-20-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Steady Roll Downhill"

    This book starts a bit confusing and only gets worse. Once I caight on to the general idea, I rather enjoyed part 2. Part is a disjointed and tedious mess. It's so bad I had to give it up for a while---that Hawiian guy was driving me nuts. It is like listening to some street dude drone on poinlessly for hours.

    It never really comes back together. Sometimes novel ideas are bad ideas for novels. This doesn't work.

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    Bryan Maldonado 09-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A great read!"

    I've read this book multiple times and cannot get enough of it. Using Audible for my long drives was one of the best decisions I've made. The multiple readers give life to this extraordinary story. Their talent in impersonating accents and multiple characters truly lets your imagination run wild in creating a visual for the story. Bravo!!

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    AmazonRex 09-10-17
    AmazonRex 09-10-17
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    "Cloud Atlas is a remarkable book."

    Excellent writing and interweaving stories of significance. Alll the readers were also very good. the movie could not do justice to the depth of this book.

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    Jeffery 08-26-17
    Jeffery 08-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Tough listen"

    Hard to follow. multiple narrators makes the characters less real. Would be best if listened to all at once, in one sitting.

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    Alan 07-28-17
    Alan 07-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Vocabulary over my head"
    Would you try another book from David Mitchell and/or the narrators?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    UNK


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am only 15 minutes in to this book, but I have to abort. The author has already used hundreds of words I am not familiar with. Who is the audience? I think it must be the English Department's doctorate class. Sentence structure is way too sophisticated.

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    Benjamin J. Pass 07-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A story of tangential relationships"

    Or really six stories. The voice acting is good but most stories really go nowhere.

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    Amazon Customer 06-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Love it"

    It was amazing. I laughed, I loved, I cried. 10 out of 10 would read again.

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