Danes reading brings Offred to life.
Atwood is a master of the English language. Her description of the mundane becomes riveting. I appreciate her skills as a writer so much more now than I did when I first read this story as a young woman. The first person present voice draws the reader in, allows her to feel...to be...Offred. Haunting. Beautiful. Terrifying in its vision of what might have been. Terrifying because it still might.
Claire Danes did an amazing job reading this. The book was interesting and gives insight on how fragile our freedom is. I do wish they had more details in the ending.
Ms. Danes brings depth to the female characters. She doesn't assume they're all meek people-pleasers.
This book creates a possible future, in which the enslavement of women is quite visible. I'd like to see more books in this same world, from different points of view.
The narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life. I felt like I was listening to the character actually talking.
It's a dark look at authoritarianism and the importance of freedom.
Parts of this book are pretty disturbing. I was listening to it on the way to work and had to quit because the scene was so upsetting. When I was back at home, however, I listened to it non-stop for a whole evening because I desperately wanted to find out what happened and how it ends. I'm not sure I'll ever read it again, but I can see why it is a classic and why it's been a banned book. I'm glad I read it.
I don't want to read the bestsellers. I want to read the best written.
This is the second time I have read this book and the first time as an audiobook. Ms. Danes brings remarkable talent to this telling of the handmaid's tale, adding appropriate tension, suspense and emotion to the first person narrative. I came away from the book feeling as if I heard it as the story was being told the first time. I think more than most audiobooks I have read, this performance added to the experience significantly.
The writing was brilliant. A nearly perfect novel. The theme perhaps more vital now than when it was written. Clare Danes was a perfect choice. Her performance flawless.
Immersive. Engrossing story with a perfect narrator performance. The post apocalyptic ultra conservative regime strips women on their rights. You see yourself in the story: what would you do in those circumstances? I loved the epilogue which provided a analytical perspective and historical comparisons