The Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks

Audiobook CD - 2014
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A vast, intricate novel that weaves six narratives and spans from 1984 to the 2030s about a secret war between a cult of soul-decanters and a small group of vigilantes called the Night Shift who try to take them down. An up-all-night story that fluently mixes the super-natural, sci-fi, horror, social satire, and hearbreaking realism.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2014
ISBN: 9781464018510
Branch Call Number: TALK MITCHEL CD
Characteristics: 21 sound discs (24 hr., 30 min.) ; 4 3/4 in
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Apr 04, 2016

Elegantly written, stunningly descriptive…and the voice actors in this work are nothing short of remarkable. This has turned me into a devoted fan of audiobooks because it was so very, very good.

JCLHopeH Nov 11, 2015

I love the way author David Mitchell experiments with the concept of time and connects stories from one era to the next. The story is set in the real world with the addition of some fantastical elements meant to operate beneath the surface of general detection. Despite the mystical and sometimes confounding nature, the human faults and triumphs of the characters shine through and really bring the novel to life, especially with the cast of narrators. I admit, the only other Mitchell novel I've read is Cloud Atlas, and I actually found The Bone Clocks easier to follow, although some found the opposite.

jennywile Aug 01, 2015

This book has a lot going on: dystopian fiction, paranormal activity and writers' lives. Each character narrates sections so the voices are very important and the various narrators do a good job. If you are a woman born in the 70s as I am, you will get a kick out of following writer and clairvoyant, Holly Sykes, and the arc(s) of her long life. I would say read it for that alone. Overall though, it's really hard to grasp what is going on because so much happens. I read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and really enjoyed it, but this book wanders around, gets bogged down in plot and loses its purpose. If its purpose includes scaring me about climate change, it certainly achieved that. So my advice is too listen if you're in your 40s and like some dystopia. I can't imagine reading the entire thing in its hardcopy - listening kept me going and the voices were all pretty easy to listen to and believable. Holly's character started to grate on me toward the end, but maybe that was because I wanted some resolution.

skidrick Apr 12, 2015

1st half or more great - wonderful personality studies. 2nd half weak - uninteresting fantasy climax, dystopian future seems to have been cooked up over a few hours at a DNC convention. On the back half, he should have taken the advice of his fictional writer Crispin Hershey and striven to avoid cliches

Jan 24, 2015

I loved several of Mitchell's prev.
books (esp. Cloud Atlas, The 1000 Autumns... and Black Swan Green) and was bowled over by his talent for description, voice, characters. However, with this one ,I feel he has missed the mark.; too bad he has ventured so heavily into the Sci-Fi realm. As well in the audio version (to which I'm now restricted) the female lead speaks so very quickly, not to mention, I suppose her authentic 'lower/middle class' accent and expressions, that I found her very hard to follow.
Am so disappointed! Was really looking fwd to this book.


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