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Cloud Cuckoo Land Audio CD – CD, 28 September 2021

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"Marin Ireland and Simon Jones sparkle as they narrate this immersive time-traveling novel. They vividly deliver the stories that weave through this audiobook. A gifted mimic, Ireland performs subtle and effective emulations of Australian, Italian, and English accents. When she slows down to enunciate the classical Greek sprinkled throughout the text, her reading shimmers with meaning. Both Ireland and Jones are masters of pacing and cadence, which matters in an interwoven narrative that shifts in time from the fall of Constantinople (1450s) to present-day small-town Idaho and to a future set on a spacecraft. From accounts of myths to misbegotten environmental terrorism, Doerr's novel pulls out all the stops, and the narrators create an enduring listening experience."-- "AudioFile Magazine"

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Anthony Doerr is the author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Alex Award, and a #1 New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.

Simon Jones Broadway credits include: The Real Thing, Benefactors, The School for Scandal, The Herbal Bed, and Waiting in the Wings (Outer Critics Circle nominee). Off-Broadway credits include: Woman in Mind, Terra Nova, Privates On Parade (Drama Desk nominee). Film and TV highlights: Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, The Devil's Own, Brideshead Revisited, PBS's Liberty and HBO's Oz.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (28 September 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1797128523
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1797128528
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 3.05 x 14.92 cm
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Anthony Doerr has won numerous prizes for his fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Carnegie Medal. His novel, 'All the Light We Cannot See,' was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and his new novel, 'Cloud Cuckoo Land,' published in September of 2021, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Learn more at www.anthonydoerr.com.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Well-intentioned but ponderous
Reviewed in Australia on 17 March 2022
Books matter. Writing, reading, preserving and sharing books are worthwhile humanistic pursuits, never less so than in times of war. It’s a thesis we can all agree on, especially here amongst fellow readers. I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy just writing this.

This thematic thread doesn’t just run through Cloud Cuckoo Land, it is the one idea that holds up the entire edifice, a flimsy foundation for a monumental novel that is always on the brink of crashing down.

It doesn’t crumble. Anthony Doerr is a skilled and imaginative writer. He also built his opus as three distinct but interwoven stories, an interrupted narrative that promises depth - just around the corner, reader! - but mostly delivers scope. And lots of it.

Even summarizing the three stories is preemptively exhausting. Suffice to say they take place in different periods – the 1453 siege of Constantinople, a beleaguered 20th century and a distant future where humans travel to Mars, our civilization in tow. All three narratives suggest literature is our one redemptive feature as a species, yet the convoluted structure cannot hide that taken in isolation and read linearly, each tale is somewhat pedestrian in its telling.

To make sure we care – and it’s important that we do, there are over 600 pages to get through – the author repeatedly puts young people (and animals) in harm’s way. That slightly formulaic brand of melodrama worked wonders in uber-bestseller All The Light We Cannot See, but wears thin here, perhaps because the device is used ad nauseam.

Books are messages across cultures and eras, and we readers have a responsibility of stewardship. It’s a beautiful sentiment nearly crushed under the sheer weight of storytelling. At the risk of letting everyone down, I will relinquish my responsibility in this case and fail to recommend the book to others. Rest easy, though, Cloud Cuckoo Land is already adored by many and will be read long after we’ve left our dying planet and settled on Mars.
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