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Publisher's Summary

Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell's best-selling Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel which was also one of Richard & Judy's 100 Books of the Decade, has now been adapted for film. The major motion picture, directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski, stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Doona Bae, James D'Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, and Hugh Grant.
The novel features six characters in interlocking stories, each interrupting the one before it: 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 one another's echoes down the corridor of history and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.
Mitchell's other novels are Ghostwritten, Number9Dream, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autums of Jacob de Zoet, all published by Sceptre.
©2005 David Mitchell (P)2007 RNIB Publishing
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By Michael on 02-01-18

this is a GREAT book. enjoyed it twice

i really good read. i wish i had a box full of it
clever structure. great character depth. great STORY. the best read in a long time.
like all good books:i pondered life and "nearly " had a tear
engaging!!

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By A reader on 10-09-17

A good book, brilliantly read

The talented group of narrators make this a great audio book that covers a great rate of inter-weaved stories

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By Mrs G on 03-07-13

What an incredible listen!

To start with I was very confused with what the story was about, but after Jacob de Zoet I was determined to persist. This is the book which has to be listened to with full concentration. After being completely drawn into this incredible yarn of past, present and future, with fantastic readers' voices I found myself postponing jobs and in the end bought the book to listen with the text! I went through each of three parts a few times to savour well written prose and it is sure I will be returning to this listen again and again. I must add that with just a text I would struggle at the beginning.

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By T on 02-25-13

Great book, brought to life better than any movie

I loved the book when it first came out in print and have been looking out for an unabridged version on audible ever since. The movie may be bonkers (not necessarily bad for that) but don't let that put you off. I know some readers found the hard to get into, but I reckon it's a lot easier with the audible version so, if you have doubts initially, do stick with it. Connections between the different narratives can seem somewhat tenuous, but each is rewarding in its own right. I had forgotten how funny parts of it are (now brought to life by excellent narration), and how unsettling elements set in the future can feel. Overall, a great listen, strongly recommended.

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By Stephen J. Ansell on 01-01-15

Beautifully told by exceptional readers.

This literary work, woven around archetypes which dwell a few choices from each of us. The readers are exceptional, transporting me into their worlds with skill.

This is not some light tome... I found it unsuitable for multitask-listening other than (in my case at least) driving. This is not a negative - the tale warrants respectful attention and takes 21hours to fully develop its characters and its threads into this rich tapestry.

An exceptional book which I enjoyed very much - for me, made far better AFTER seeing the film.

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By Amazon Customer on 10-31-17

cloud atlas

the audio was jarring, and four middling stories, with little reward for finishing the book

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