It was an okay book, I had high expectations from previous reviews. It was much different than I expected and some parts were kind of slow. Claire Danes did a good job narrating though. Would recommend, but not raving reviews...
My favorite book of all time/ a chilling, terrifying possibility for the future/well-written must read
Claire Danes is sublime. I downloaded two books for free with Audibles and was about to give up on the app because the narration was (over-)exaggerated. Claire Danes' narration of The Handmaid's Tale was subtle and compelling with the right level of emotional intent, and convinced me to carry on using Audibles. Her telling of the story almost makes the actual story not matter, it's just interesting to listen to her voice.
Keeps you interested, surprising end, and a really messed up look at how things may end up!
Claire Danes did a wonderful job of narrating.
My only complaint with not only this book, is when there is a change in subject matter, there is no pause to reflect as such. More of an editing issue.
This is excellent. It's not a story to read over and over but it's one that you need to have read for your cultural literacy. The audio version is a really good way to enjoy this one because it is not only well performed but it seems to be a particularly good way for the story to be told. I went in to this knowing that it is one of those books they make the kids read in school but not why and I didn't know anything about the story ahead of time. I'm glad that I now know The Handmaid's Tale
struggled to finish. end gets better. middle very slow. almost stopped in middle.
avid reader and writer of speculative fiction...
Absolutely. I read this book in print when I was far too young to appreciate it fully, and I am so glad to have revisited it here. Despite its brevity, this story has layers upon layers of detail and hints and clues and themes. Every time you take this journey with Offred, you'll find new pieces that resonate with you, with our current political climate, and with the past.
This novel is such a strong piece of work, it almost defies comparison. If you are familiar with Atwood's other works, you'll find some of her writing style familiar, but plot-wise, it is worlds away from Oryx and Crake or MaddAdam, for instance.
The plot of this story grabs you by the throat within the first few pages and runs along full steam ahead from that point, so I think this book is accessible to a much broader audience than the rest of Atwood's works.
It weaves together elements from such works as Brave New World, Never Let Me Go, or The Left Hand of Darkness, yet it is still utterly original and singular. I personally love sci-fi and dystopian settings, but even if you don't, this book merits a read (or listen)
Normally, I am not a fan of Claire Danes- I actually find her voice grating in a lot of her acting work.
However, I was pleasantly surprised by this performance. On my first read of this novel, I had trouble picturing the protagonist in my head. At first, I imagined her as young as I was (13, at the time) and eventually came to picture her as the photo of Margaret Atwood on the book jacket (much older).
Claire Danes does an amazing job of somehow forcing you to imagine Offred is YOU. And that, I think, was Atwood's aim in writing this: to make sure the reader identifies with the protagonist to the extent that her world, the Republic of Gilead, seems almost like it could be your home, your neighborhood, your community, 10-15 years from now.
"Better never means better for everyone... It always means worse, for some."
(Just thinking about this part of the book gives me chills!)
Without giving away too much, I have to say: this book starts out in a grim place, but there are moments of levity throughout that will keep you from wanting to just give up. If you hold on long enough, and pay close attention, there is a thread of hope at the end that keeps this story from just being a downer.