Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2005
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Mitchell weaves history, science, humor, and suspense in six separate but related narratives, each set in a different time and place.
Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, p2005
ISBN: 9781415919781
141591978X
Branch Call Number: CD MITCHELL
Characteristics: 16 sound discs (72 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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rycla
Jun 26, 2015

Discs are scratched and do not work very well.

mvkramer Dec 26, 2014

Every mini-story within the book has a very different feeling; the narrators all seem like very different people - and you care about all of them. It's a book that engages you and makes you think. Very well done.

JCLHopeH Jan 30, 2014

I loved the how the different narrators contributed to the unique feel of each character's time period. Creative and thought provoking stories that connect the past, present, and future.

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waltzingechidna
Sep 14, 2013

I am so glad I saw the movie first--I would have hated the movie if I'd read the book first. This book, for me, starts off as something of a slog and I had to force myself to get through the first 50 pages or so. But once I got hooked it was an incredible ride. How are we connected--to each other? To other generations? What's the nature of free will? This is a masterful tour-de-force encompassing historical, contemporary, and science fiction and I highly recommend it.

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danielestes
Jul 22, 2013

The word "epic" tends to be overused these days, but if any book is worthy of that title Cloud Atlas would be a contender. My main frustration with David Mitchell's ambitious novel is that it's too epic. There are six distinct stories separated in time by a generation or more. Three stories take place in the past, one in the present day, and two in the distant future. All are thinly related though that's probably overstating because the connections are tenuous at best. I was intrigued to discover how it's all cleverly woven together, but then annoyed to find out the connections are more or less inconsequential. For comparison, the movie version uses visual cues and cross-cutting to strengthen each story's relationship with the others, with superior results I thought, but you're still left with that bewildered feeling, trying to make sense of the sum of the parts.

I do commend Mitchell's range of writing skill. Each section has its own unique style, formatting and dialogue, and each shows more than tells what it feels like to live in that time period. I listened to Cloud Atlas on audiobook and the quality of presentation was superb from all six readers.

jwhite412 Dec 15, 2011

Chewy. Complex. Pleasurable. Leaving you with a sense that there was a whole lot more you could have gleaned, had you been paying attention to the common thread linking all of the tales together – a novel worth a re-read. Pros: The author’s ability to excel within multiple genres – each story was thoroughly enjoyable. Cons: Each of these wonderful stores got interrupted right at the moment of crisis, “Owl Creek Bridge” style, leaving you frustrated and wanting more. Interesting: fresh narrative style of interlinked stories and characters spanning a huge timeframe. Each story, beginning with a seafaring chap dying of a mysterious illness in the middle of the 1850’s Pacific Ocean – and progressing forward through time up into a Post Apocalyptic Science Fiction Tale – are all linked when the next character comes across the previous character’s story and reads it. The Novel winds up, then winds back down in reverse, spinning backwards and completing all of the half-told stories you thought you had already resigned yourself to never finishing. Fabulous.

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