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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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    Andy LOUGHBOROUGH, United Kingdom 24/09/2014
    Andy LOUGHBOROUGH, United Kingdom 24/09/2014 Member Since 2015

    I like a wide range of books especially when I discover something new and great. I like to mix some classics in with the crime and sci fi .

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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!

    47 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 10/12/2014
    Laura 10/12/2014 Member Since 2014
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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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    T Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom 10/09/2014
    T Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom 10/09/2014 Member Since 2014

    Over 1000 titles since July 2005. Fairly eclectic tastes: award-winning literature, page-turning pulp plus non-fiction. I don't sight-read.

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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.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Plumstead, London, United Kingdom 19/10/2014
    Karen Plumstead, London, United Kingdom 19/10/2014 Member Since 2012

    Always looking for a great audible read...........

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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
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    Bookish 30/11/2014
    Bookish 30/11/2014 Member Since 2011
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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
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    Amazon Customer 28/03/2016
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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
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    Robyn 21/03/2016
    Robyn 21/03/2016 Member Since 2017

    I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors are Sanderson and Abercrombie, with Pacey or Degas as narrator. Happy!

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    "Not for me"

    Can't quite put my finger on why I disliked this book so much. All the themes were exactly my normal kind of thing - and some really great new ideas. Well written, if occasionally a bit slow. But I think there were just too many gaping holes in this for me. My book club gave it a definite thumbs down - and turned to me expecting me to disagree (I'm always the odd one out because of my love of Sci-Fi and fantasy), but unfortunately, I agreed with them this time.

    Almost a year after reading this, the one thing that has stuck with me is that solar panels will be the most sought after resource come the apocalypse when the rest of the world stops functioning and we have run out of the normal fuels. And then it'll be a case of "he who has the biggest gun will get the most panels"! Given the theme of the book, I'm not sure that was supposed to be my take-away.....so there you have it. Not particularly successful for me.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jason M Eshelby 23/10/2015
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    "first half is great but then badly loses its way"

    the middle section turns silly before a depressed ending and narrator I sped up to 1.25x just to give it some life. Not obvious why the author kept the story going when the main character had given up. Disappointing after a really strong first half with good narrators.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Hunt 09/09/2015
    S. Hunt 09/09/2015 Member Since 2012

    Dmsdemon

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    "Too many different readers"
    Any additional comments?

    Good story.

    Too many readers. All with different styles for reading the same characters. One lead goes from quite posh to working class to middle class to working class. At least gather the readers together to emphasize an overall style of reading!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Leeds, United Kingdom 01/05/2015
    Mrs Leeds, United Kingdom 01/05/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "started well, middle lost me, end was good"

    The first few chapters really sparked my interest, the interplay of characters kept me listening. However the middle section left much to be desired and i seriously considered stopping and sending it back. Holly's voice throughout the book was annoyingly very different as each reader attempted it, this actually hindered the continuity for me. overall it didn't inspire me to read anything else by David Mitchell

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Mayra
    15/04/17
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    ""Loved it" is too minor a term"

    Beautifully poetic, intricately woven and delicately told. This was my first Mitchell book and will be buying all others in the hopes they can live up to this beautiful story. I'll keep Holly in my heart forever. Also a great "thank you" to the narrators, every single one was as good as the previous and they were perfectly cast to fit their persona. One always wants more from a story they love, but the closing words left me satisfied and joyful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
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    02/08/15
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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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