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Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel
Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel
Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel
Audiobook14 hours

Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel

Written by Anthony Doerr

Narrated by Marin Ireland and Simon Jones

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

AudioFile Magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2021

On the New York Times bestseller list for over 20 weeks * A New York Times Notable Book * A National Book Award Finalist * Named a Best Book of the Year by Fresh Air, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Associated Press, and many more

“If you’re looking for a superb novel, look no further.” —The Washington Post

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, comes the instant New York Times bestseller that is a “wildly inventive, a humane and uplifting book for adults that’s infused with the magic of childhood reading experiences” (The New York Times Book Review).

Among the most celebrated and beloved novels of recent times, Cloud Cuckoo Land is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope, and a book.

In the 15th century, an orphan named Anna lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople. She learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds what might be the last copy of a centuries-old book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the army that will lay siege to the city. His path and Anna’s will cross.

In the present day, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno rehearses children in a play adaptation of Aethon’s story, preserved against all odds through centuries. Tucked among the library shelves is a bomb, planted by a troubled, idealistic teenager, Seymour. This is another siege.

And in a not-so-distant future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon, told to her by her father.

Anna, Omeir, Seymour, Zeno, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders whose lives are gloriously intertwined. Doerr’s dazzling imagination transports us to worlds so dramatic and immersive that we forget, for a time, our own.

Editor's Note


The dazzling tale of a long-lost ancient Greek manuscript from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “All the Light We Cannot See.” Interconnected stories spanning hundreds of years — from a medieval walled city to present-day Idaho to a spaceship in the near future — explore the connections that make us human and the power of hope in dark times.

Release dateSep 28, 2021
Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel

Anthony Doerr

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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    A fantastical braid of stories intertwined so well slipping from the time of the Roman Empire to hundreds of years into the future is seamless.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Many wonderous threads of a story all woven beautifully together
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    A beautiful literary masterpiece, in my humble but accurate opinion.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    I normally avoid the books that end up on every home page of every reading app or bookstore. I get sick of the picture and hate the book on principle.

    But, after looking at the cover and seeing it recommended so many times, I broke down and got the audio version.

    I really enjoyed it and will likely recommend to others. And probably read all of his other books too.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Well Anthony Doerr has written another that did not disappoint. I will admit this book made me sad about the state of our world today, a multi-tier story that comes together with a solid story line and good characters. I really liked this book, well done sir.