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Cloud Cuckoo Land

By: Anthony Doerr
Narrated by: Marin Ireland,Simon Jones
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Publisher's Summary

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

When everything is lost, it’s our stories that survive

How do we weather the end of things? Cloud Cuckoo Land brings together an unforgettable cast of dreamers and outsiders from past, present and future to offer a vision of survival against all odds.

Constantinople, 1453: an orphaned seamstress and a cursed boy with a love for animals risk everything on opposite sides of a city wall to protect the people they love.

Idaho, 2020: an impoverished, idealistic kid seeks revenge on a world that’s crumbling around him. Can he go through with it when a gentle old man stands between him and his plans?

Unknown, sometime in the future: with her tiny community in peril, Konstance is the last hope for the human race. To find a way forward, she must look to the oldest stories of all for guidance.

Bound together by a single ancient text, these tales interweave to form a tapestry of solace and resilience and a celebration of storytelling itself. Like its predecessor All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr’s new novel is a tale of hope and of profound human connection.

©2021 Anthony Doerr (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A bittersweet and moving novel that lingers in the mind." (Daily Mail)

"An epic work about bravery and the power of attachment." (Rose Tremain, Observer)

"Doerr can bring a scene to life in a single paragraph.... Delicate and moving...the novel takes hold and will not easily let go." (The Times)

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Absolutely brilliant!

What an imagination! Such a clever book and so beautifully written. I have to admit I wasn't sure about it to start, but after a couple of chapters I was hooked. I loved the different storylines, connections and resolution. The narrator was excellent. I'm really going to struggle to find something to captivate me as much as this book did.

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What a load of waffle!

I'm going to be honest I have only gotten to chapter 6 before giving up! I would never normally do this, I've read & listened to some books that I've not overly enjoyed but out of principal I would always normally get to the end. Even if it's just because I've paid for it! But I just had to stop - the first 6 chapters jumps to so many random characters nothing making a bit of sense. Maybe if I could drag myself to listen long something might click but so far it's so had I really can't bring myself to.
Maybe I'm just not intellectual enough, I don't know but I just couldn't waste any more of my time. I'd rather waste the money!

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Beautifully written but hard going.

A complex story with multiple interwoven story lines, timelines and characters. It's as if Doerr set himself a challenge to see how many different threads he could bring together in one story. The writing, as usual is gorgeous and evocative but it can be confusing. An interview with the author said that he had to make a large schematic diagram to keep track of all the characters and story lines. I wish he'd shared it with his readers.

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A magnificent adventure

The story is wonderful - stories within stories. Cleverly woven together with characters that are achingly human. It is about love, family, heroes and the small folk who go unnoticed,and the interconnection of our world. Above all it is about hope.
I feel I must read the hard copy to understand all the nuances of this great saga!!

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Extraordinary novel

A web of tales across time and space becalmed one story. Doer is a masterful novelist- highly recommended!

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Challenging but worth it

I wasn't enjoying this book at all for the first few hours, but true to my rule, I went all the way. I found it cumbersome and hard to get a grip for a good while, mainly I think because it was so discursive, jumping from one character and time to another. But then it kicked in and as it all linked together, I eventually was impressed with the author's clever weaving of the tail. Can't say I hugely enjoyed it, but was glad I read it.

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Moving and absorbing

Do not be put off by the multiple
settings of this book, separated by place and time. We are in the hands of a master story teller. The connections that unfold as the novel progresses make for many breathtaking moments. Doerr treats all his major characters with tenderness - even the most flawed of them. Characters experience the often painful dawning of insight about their own situation and purpose, and some go on to find redemption. One ancient book - ‘Cloud Cuckoo Land’ - is never far beneath the surface of these stories, even if at first we cannot see it. And in case this sounds all very cerebral, there is plenty of tension and excitement - Doerr loves to leave us with a cliff hanger as he switches from one tale to another! Marin Ireland’ narration is excellent, and Simon Jones’s very different tone makes made more sense to me as the novel progressed. Highly recommended!

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Reignited my love for reading.

The most beautiful book I’ve ever experienced, the narration is perfect especially Marin Ireland. So descriptive and vivid it is more of a movie than a book every scene is painted in the mind. The stories of Anna and Konstance are my favourite, i fell in love with them and their inspiring journeys not to mention the way every characters story is tied together at the end is simply awe inspiringly beautiful - 100/10!

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Clever book with interwoven stories

Very clever writing. Highly engaging, with quality narration.
The stories feel a little disconnected early on, but gracefully the whole narrative comes together. Recommend.

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Masterful story telling.

Complex story with many threads, yet it always made sense and I knew what part of the story I was in. Beautifully crafted and thought provoking. I was transported to different worlds seamlessly. Very faint criticism of some poorly pronounced Australian and British words.

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