A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
A friend of mine recommended this book because she knew I liked unique reads.
This book is unlike any book I have ever come across. Much of it was written in short sentences and didn’t have a flow to it that was easy to follow. It took me awhile to surrender to this but once I did I found it quite engaging. Claire Danes was monotone in her narration, however it fit the story.
This book is a dystopian fable with a frightening view of the future. Women are treated as nameless “its”. They have no freedoms or rights and are valued by their ability to birth healthy normal babies. If you’re into dystopian you will probably enjoy this if your not I think you may like it but not love it! Women-libbers are going HATE it!
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
I found this to be a pointless and depressing book. The characters are very human in their frailties and susceptibility to Political Correct thinking. I can see echoes of our own society in this book, but what I see is coming from the statists already in power and not from the religious wing of the populace. Hypocrisy is, of course, a theme in any such work, and, ironically, this one gets quite preachy when it comes to the dangers of religiosity. Several times the subject of the abolishment of abortion is raised as if it were some great symbolic tragedy indicative of the decline of the America that once was. I found the protagonist to be as sort of anti-heroine. She does not inspire us to greatness. But her plight does cause us to reflect on what we might do in similar circumstances. No causes are offered. No solutions. The life of the Handmaid is pointless.
Clare Danes is a fine reader. I found her narration quite droll and sarcastic throughout which fits the text. After a few chapters her voice warms up and some emotion occasionally creeps into the text.
This book fills me with despair. However, it is important and is a must-read.
Claire Danes' performance is absolutely amazing. I was wary of famous actors as narrators. Once I started listening, I realized Danes is a natural. She adds a special something to this story, making this audiobook as classic and essential as the book itself!
More Claire Danes!!!
Claire Danes' narration really made the poetic style of the novel stand out and still make the text accessible. Definitely enjoyed having this book read to me...I feel like I would've abandoned it without Claire's strong voice telling me this story.
No, she isn't an author that really grabbed me with her writing. This'll probably be my only novel of hers that I read.
I kept on wanting to learn about the world of Gilead and how everyone operated within this society. I was given glimpses of this world but I wanted more!
I was fine with Offred but I thought Serena Joy was a delicious character!Honestly, many of the characters were so underdeveloped that I really had no affection or empathy for them.
Claire Danes gives a wonderful performance to an already beautiful story. This book takes you both back and forward in time on a thought-provoking journey. It's not uplifting, but makes you appreciate what you have and leaves you thinking about the author's words long after you reach the end of the book.
I have in the past enjoyed Margaret Atwood books. I like the style of her writing and her character development. The problem with the handmaid's tale is that it was a an 11 hour book with about an hour of story. With all the positive reviews I was sure the story was going to improve if I just kept listening, but it never went anywhere. I would save your credit for another book and if you are a Margaret Atwood faithful maybe choose to read this one so you can skim over the monotony!
Claire Danes really nails the narration of the story. It's a tough book to get into because the story is really, extremely disturbing. But, Danes does a wonderful, awesome, remarkable job of narrating the book. Her voice is so distinct and she completely takes on the role of the protagonist in the book. Danes becomes her and narrates her. This book really made me appreciate her as a talented actress. Both the book and the actress makes the whole thing really moving.
It's a pretty heavy topic, the book, so it would be difficult to ingest the whole book in one sitting. It's pretty traumatizing (with rape and non-rape scenes) that it would be too much to handle in one sitting.
The story is awesome, obviously.
Not Claire Danes. Her narration was inconsistant at best. The first few chapters sounded stilted and forced. Once she got into it, Danes moved into gratutous over the top emotional narration. Perhaps this is the first books she's narrated? In any case, she didn't so a very good job, and I'd like to hear it again with better professional narration.
I'm liking the Audible series performed by actors. Claire Danes does a great job of bringing Atwood's world to life, and Atwood, as always (in my experience) has these brilliant observations along the way that cannot be conveyed through any plot summary, though the plot is compelling with a 1984 flavor, too. So far, I have only read Atwood's speculative fiction (Handmaid, Maddaddam series), nonfiction (Payback), and myth retelling (The Penelopiad)...I'm looking forward to her other novels.
I also read dystopian fiction as a window in the fears of a particular time or of a particular people. This is a very interesting look at women and religion through the lens of the 1980's. Claire Danes is excellent in this instance.