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The Bone Clocks Audiobook

The Bone Clocks

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Publisher's Summary

One summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands what sort of asylum the woman was seeking.…

The Bone Clocks follows Holly's life: not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air, and brief lapses in the laws of reality.

©2014 David Mitchell (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"No other British novelist, to my mind, combines such a darkly futuristic intelligence with such polyphonic ease." (Sunday Times)

"Open up Mitchell's head and a whole magical, ecstatic symphony of inventiveness and ideas will fly out as if from a benign and felicitous Pandora's box. Read him." (The Times)

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    Jocelyn Central Coast, NSW 30/08/2015
    Jocelyn Central Coast, NSW 30/08/2015

    I'm a mother, daughter, sister, lover enjoying life through creativity. Smile because you know you're worth it! LOVE lots & laugh til u pee!

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    "Interesting and captivating!"

    This was a very cleverly written book so interesting and intertwined over the space of time. I thoroughly enjoyed how the characters personalities came to life especially Holly Sykes and how clues were given in small doses so the listener can enjoy the 'ah ha!' moment throughout the book. A definite good book to listen to on the way to work, I found myself listening in the garage at times when I just didn't want the chapter to end!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael 21/08/2015
    Rachael 21/08/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Addictively brilliant!"

    A really wonderful book... With each change of narrator I felt a pang of loss but soon became so engrossed with the next! After a bit of a slow start all I really warmed to all the narrators. My husband and I would deliberately drive home the long way so we could listen to more

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Megan 03/01/2017
    Megan 03/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent, excellent, excellent"

    I loved this book. Each narrator was perfect for their part. Great, unexpected story. I highy recommend The Bone Clocks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 23/11/2016
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    "Great Book"

    One of my favourites for 2016!!
    Highly recommended
    David Mitchell at his best
    Please enjoy

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    Tonyo 26/08/2016
    Tonyo 26/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "an improved Cloud Atlas"

    This another set of short stories but this time there is a designed link to the set making for a more 'single novel' feel

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    jeemusu melbourne, australia 19/08/2016
    jeemusu melbourne, australia 19/08/2016

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    "Audio books detract from the book"

    Audio books detract from the book. There needs to be a different voice actor or at least a convincing portrayal for each character.

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    Barbara 06/04/2016
    Barbara 06/04/2016
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    "4 novels in one"

    Enjoyed Holly's story as a teenager and the final section in the futuristic world that was just like the past. Found the concepts of mind invasion interesting but it did feel like a series of separate novels rather than one complete united story. A bit like real life.

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  • Liesl
    18/11/16
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    "bloody brilliant"

    narration superb...story sublime...haunting images of apocalyptic earth sent my imagination wild...Mitchell is a master of literal teleporting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    14/07/16
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    "loved it"

    loved every second of this book. and i really like how there are different narrators for each "part" of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grace
    28/02/15
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    "Great listen!"

    From the first to the last sentence - it was a joy to listen, and i wished it could go on for much longer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mgn
    london
    2/08/15
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    "Disappointing final 20%"

    The last ten chapters lets it down. So boring. So long. The earlier chapters covering various Earthlings were wonderful. I looked forward to my daily walk so I could listen to the next part of the book. It held together, was interesting and well written. The last portion of the book had no pace. Impossible to get into. It's rare for the end of the book not to hold the reader engaged. This was it for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Andy
    LOUGHBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    24/09/14
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    "Sodding marvellous"

    It is the best four or five things I have ever heard. Six novellas with at least two over arching narratives. Another tour de force in form and execution, rather like the wonderful Cloud Atlas starting in the past and moving through time into the near then distant future.

    Each of the episodes was compelling with vivid characters and a gripping story, I was so reluctant to turn it off every day as I got to work and on my return journey home.

    Holly is a wonderful character and appears centrally in the first and last episodes. Her journey through a life that could only have been created in David Mitchell's kaleidoscopic imagination, turns her from nieve teenager to wise old woman by utterly believable yet fantastic degrees.

    If. I have any criticism it is the problem that arises from Holly's voice, it is so different from reader to reader that it jars. Given the versatility of the readers I suspect that they could have made it a little more consistent had the producers worked at it a little more. That said the first and last episodes are in her voice and the readers do acheive believable continuity we could have done with throughout.

    The themes are too numerous to count but I loved the exploration of ageing and the old living in and on and through the young. These themes and others are explored at many levels and through the book's endless layers, and you can enjoy it as just a series of witty gripping stories at the same time.

    Don't hesitate it will be some of the best 24 hours of your life! I might be overselling it a bit but as you may have noticed I loved it!

    44 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
    10/09/14
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    "Rich in invention and wit, another tour de force"

    David Mitchell's writing is amongst the very best of his generation and I love it. Those who are already fans should, like me, be delighted. New readers should find Bone Clocks easier to get into than the recently filmed Cloud Atlas. There are nods in this book to Black Swan Green and Thousand Autumns, also warmly recommended, as indeed are all his books in their unabridged forms. The 24+ hours of this audiobook have flown by for me and I have enjoyed all of it. very much

    This epic starts in 1984 Kent and some sections/narratives follow the central character of Holly through to a dystopian 2140 Ireland. But Holly is not the only character to be given great depth of personality by the unfolding story. My favourite is perhaps Crispin, whose contribution to this literary roller-coaster ride is so rich in humour that I know I was missing some of it. We learn much about Crispin from his curmudgeonly ways, so the humour has purpose and there are wry observations to enjoy throughout the book.

    Each section of the book has a different narrator, which overall works well in differentiating viewpoints as well as the passage of time and place. Quality of the narration is generally very good, though not without some typical errors of emphasis in sight-reading and a couple of excruciating mispronunciations . Frequent audiobook listeners will have learned to deal with such occasional irritations and should not be put off from a thoroughly enjoyable book from a master of his craft.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    10/12/14
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    "Beautifully Written."
    Would you listen to The Bone Clocks again? Why?

    I definitely would, though nothing would be as good as the first time listening. When newly read, you're constantly thinking about what's going to happen next and you'll get lost in all the knooks and crannies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can't quite put my finger on it. It was just so immersing. I loved how it was written, this book is so complicated but not once (rare for me) did I get confused.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I really liked that each character had their own narrator, I felt a lot more empathy for each character because of it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were so many! The ending was very moving for me but I don't want to give the story away.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a book that's going to pull you in and keep you there then I'd definitely give this a go.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Plumstead, London, United Kingdom
    19/10/14
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    "Loved it"

    I loved this book. I am not a particular fan of science fiction type books, and some parts of the book remain a mystery to me, but the characters were so engaging that i could not stop listening. Very well written. Several weeks since I finished the book I am still missing Holly Sykes. As for the 'meaning of 'Bone Clock' - such a clever description, I think that will always stay with me.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Anon
    30/11/14
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    "A fascinating blend of styles."
    Would you listen to The Bone Clocks again? Why?

    Modern fiction, science fiction and futuristic dystopia. David Mitchell weaves a vast and complex tale held together by strongly drawn individual characters. Each section is told by a different narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unfolding plot held my attention all the way through, complex but never confusing. I loved the science fiction concept of a hidden war being carried out under our noses.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was mostly excellent, my only criticism was that the narrators didn't keep continuity in the way some characters spoke. Holly Sykes, one of the key characters, is an Essex girl of high intelligence and one of the male narrators makes her sound like an hysterical fishwife, her accent is different with each narrator and her character gets lost in some of the sections because of this.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't manage one sitting but when I found myself at home with a cold I listened to the second half without stopping.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    Scotland
    12/10/14
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    "Thank Heavens for the fast forward button."

    This novel really made me wish David Mitchell had a middle name initial so that he could keep separate the different types of genres he writes, in the way Iain (M) Banks did, using his name with middle initial for his science fiction work, and without for his more straightforward narrative works. For me the novel started very promisingly, and I was looking forward to following the teenage Holly's and other characters' journeys through life, hopefully a roman d'apprentisage with a Mitchell twist, especially with his gift for evoking a sense of time and place, but he lost my interest from the point roughly half way through where it morphed into some really rather badly-written, clichéd good versus evil science fantasy drivel, complete with Darth Vader-ish baddie, and finally into the post-technological, Sino-dominated, dystopian world vision, which has also been done before ad nauseum, and more convincingly and skilfully, by other writers.

    It's almost as if he is trying to be a British Haruki Murakami here, with it's colliding real and 'dreamed' worlds, but it doesn't work in my view, and it doesn't always work for Murakami. In an odd way it reminded me of Murakami's 'IQ84' - his flabby, overblown opus.

    Mitchell's work does seem to divide opinion quite sharply I notice. I enjoyed 'Number 9 Dream' Immensely: lots of his admirers felt let down by it. I have listened to 'The Thousand Autumns...' three times, yet it too divided opinion. A straightforward historical novel by David Mitchell? How dare he! I wish he would write more of them, frankly.

    So, it's a sorry but this one's a dud set of ratings from me on this one, Mr Michell, and for this novel I am very glad of Audible's 'return it and get your credit back' policy.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Vince Kempson
    13/10/14
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    "Good start, poor middle, iffy end"
    What disappointed you about The Bone Clocks?

    hours spent in the early section fleshing out characters that barely appeared again
    It felt like two or 3 ideas glued together in one book maybe it should have been three and the last one never written
    Mitchell cannot write battle scenes that are the least bit gripping/engaging/entertaining


    Would you recommend The Bone Clocks to your friends? Why or why not?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked the different narrators
    The first part was engaging and I wanted to read on
    the middle part was confused, but readable
    the latter part of a post apocalyptic world... was tedious claptrap barely relevant to the story and clearly forced by reference to locations of minor events dropped in earlier in the story


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Clocks?

    Keep the first 1/3 rewrite the middle part , think of an ending that had any connection with the 1st two parts , starting with a blank sheet of paper


    Any additional comments?

    I was wary about listening to this after seeing the cloud atlas film ( although I have not read the book). Now I am convinced Mitchell cannot carry a narrative through a book. He needs a strong editor!

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    28/03/16
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    "brilliant"
    Any additional comments?

    Love the way David Mitchell writes. the way the stories are weaved is great, sometimes takes a while to get your head round changes of direction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    22/03/15
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    "Compulsive listening , extrordinary."

    I listen to audio books in the workshop, never outside... Except this one which I carried around with me, literally unable to put down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paola Bassanese Energya
    London UK
    22/10/14
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    "I lost the will to live... Maybe I'm simply not a"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I bought into the hype, but I realise that dystopian novels are not for me.


    What could David Mitchell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I guess it should have been packaged as a collection of short stories.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    None


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Clocks?

    N/a


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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