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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (68,083 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Mitchell Narrator: Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, Kirby Heyborne, John Lee, Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Breathtaking in scope, Cloud Atlas is one of those rare novels that both captivates the imagination and challenges the mind of its readers. Consisting of six intricately interwoven stories told from the viewpoint of their protagonists that span across space and time, Cloud Atlas introduces us to a varied list of fascinating characters, all connected in ways that they could not have initially foreseen. Adam Ewing, the unwilling traveler crossing the Pacific in the mid 18th century; Robert Frobisher, a disowned and penniless composer attempting to make his way in 1931 Belgium; Luisa Rey, a young idealistic journalist living in Buenas Yerbas, California, in 1975; Timothy Cavendish, the 65-year-old vanity press publisher on the run from his gangster creditors in present-day England; Sonmi~451, a genetically engineered clone slave sentenced to death for rebellion; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander living in a primitive post-apocalyptic future. Linked in ways they cannot imagine, the narrators of Cloud Atlas find their destinies are changed in ways both subtle and profound. Cloud Atlas offer a breathtaking meditation on humanity's dangerous inclination toward power, and what future may lie ahead as a result.

Winner of numerous literary awards including the prestigious British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award, Cloud Atlas is an intriguingly unique novel that you're unlikely to forget for quite some time.

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 leading 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, 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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Quotes & Awards

  • Thrilling . . . One of the biggest joys in Cloud Atlas is watching Mitchell sashay from genre to genre without a hitch in his dance step. Boston Sunday Globe
  • Grand and elaborate . . . [Mitchell] creates a world and language at once foreign and strange, yet strikingly familiar and intimate. Los Angeles Times
  • “One of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt is—and should be—read by any student of contemporary literature.”

    Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author

  • [David] Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel’s every page. The New York Times Book Review
  • One of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt is—and should be—read by any student of contemporary literature. Dave Eggers
  • Wildly entertaining . . . a head rush, both action-packed and chillingly ruminative. People
  • The novel as series of nested dolls or Chinese boxes, a puzzle-book, and yet—not just dazzling, amusing, or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too. I’ve never read anything quite like it, and I’m grateful to have lived, for a while, in all its many worlds. Michael Chabon
  • Cloud Atlas ought to make [Mitchell] famous on both sides of the Atlantic as a writer whose fearlessness is matched by his talent. The Washington Post Book World
  • “[Mitchell’s] language crackles with texture and bite.”

    Time

  • “[Mitchell’s] most audacious work…A wild, wonderful ride.”

    Newsweek

  • “Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel’s every page.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “One of the biggest joys in Cloud Atlas is watching Mitchell sashay from genre to genre without a hitch in his dance step.”

    Boston Globe

  • Cloud Atlas ought to make [Mitchell] famous on both sides of the Atlantic as a writer whose fearlessness is matched by his talent.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Revolutionary…Cloud Atlas brilliantly puzzles out the way things might not have been.”

    Newsday

  • “Astonishing…The way Mitchell inhabits the different voices is close to miraculous.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “[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.”

    Village Voice

  • “Audacious, sprawling, preposterously ambitious…Next time someone suggests that The Novel is endangered, hit him with this one. Hard.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “A remarkable book…It knits together science fiction, political thriller, and historical pastiche with musical virtuosity and linguistic exuberance.”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • “[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

  • “Stunning…Mitchell has a gift with language. [His] exploration of power and greed is riveting.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “[Like] Haruki Murakami, Mitchell mixes highbrow concerns with pulp content for maximum reading pleasure.”

    Details

  • Cloud Atlas is such an astounding feat that it’s tempting to think there must be several David Mitchells, each of whom wrote one part of this book.”

    BookPage

  • “Sheer storytelling brilliance. Mitchell really is his generation’s Pynchon.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An ALA Notable Book
  • A 2005 Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee
  • A 2004 Man Booker Prize Finalist
  • A 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
  • A 2004 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A 2005 Nebula Award Nominee
  • A 2006 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kiki Sayre | 2/12/2014

    " Fascinating structure that demanded lots of flipping back and forth in the book to keep the sequences and stories straight. Enjoyed each story segment, but found it hard to see the forest for the trees. Anxious to see the movie to help sort it all out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daniel Mikula | 1/23/2014

    " Very interesting narrative structure. I love books that keep you on your toes and make you think as you go. I suggest reading this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matthew Kusbit | 1/12/2014

    " Very good book but hard to get through. Stories cut off just as they get interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sue | 12/28/2013

    " A little hard to follow at first, Then you get used to the style and it becomes easier to understand and follow. Different than anything I have ever read. "

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