I'm a serial audible reader. Since I walk 20 miles a week, I listen 20 miles a week! It's great to be able to listen to so many books :)
Baffling and sobering
The summaries at the end made it all come into focus for me. I didn't really understand what was going on until I heard the scientific descriptions after the fact in the epilogue. The sobering part was realizing that all the handmaid went through was really just a few years of a "regime" that was short lived in the scheme of things.
I take things too literal, as I see so much of this happening in today's politics. When will this sort of thing begin in our world? or has it already started?
The main character. I loved her insights and the things she resisted remembering. Like she never ever mentions or remembers her daughter's name.
Like I said before, the epilogue was the most poignant. To see history through hindsight is very thought provoking.
I was hooked from the beginning, however as I kept listening I was becoming bored with her repetitive situation. I kept hoping for something more exciting to happen..and it never came. The lack of a conclusive ending was disapointing but overall I'm glad I chose it. I loved Claire Danes as the narrator.
Despite brainwashing, the women of the story cling to their last posession: memories.
Shock, relief, and a craving for more detail. It was the perfect ending to this novel
Offred has a wonderful voice, tinged with sarcasm.
No. Although I enjoyed it, it had its slow moments. It worked well as a device in the story, but made it plodding at times.
Not the typical "end of the world" story. I was slightly disappointed in societies overall apathy
The first half of the book lacked tension or interest for me but once I understood the monotony was a setup for what comes in the second half I appreciated the slow burn.
I usually don't say the movie is better this is one of the few times that i can definately say that. It was hard to keep track of charachters as the narrater didnt do a great job with differet voices.
I was wary to read this because I thought it might be a little dull in terms of having too clear an agenda. I typically don't enjoy the Fareheit 451/Brave New World/1984 reimaginings of the future gone to seed. But because this is shaped entirely around one person's narrative experience, it's gripping from the start and shows perfectly the day-to-day horror of the scenario, rather than the theoretical or sentimental horror of such an oppressive system as a whole. And Claire Danes really reads it like an actor, so each moment is fully realized in emotion and action.
I listened while doing house cleaning so did not waste time.
No, I do not like stories that do not have a definite ending.
It was alright. Her mispronunciation of the word mauve repeatedly got to me though. she kept saying mawv when the correct pronunciation is mowv.
Maybe if the ending was better. The bulk of the story was not that bad. It was the ending I did not like.
It dragged on. Definitely was not my type of book.