I love reading many different styles of books. Lately, I have been more into fantasy (a trend started by a Song of Ice and Fire, that led me to the Mistborn Trilogy, The Kingkiller Chronicles, Wheel of Time...) The books that captivate me the most are the ones with the most well-thought characters and well told story... something mundane can be made wonderful by a good writer.
This book is a masterpiece. So beautiful and strong. As a women, you feel for her every step of the way. I love her descriptions of 'our time', her longing for things that we take for granted. But I specially love the voice of the character. And Claire Danes reading it. Perfection.
I had read this book years ago but hardly remembered it. I was hooked again almost instantly. Claire Dane's did a great job with the narration and the story was engrossing. I great way to pass a long drive.
This story is just not my cup of tea and I stopped listening at a little over half-way through. It's a dystopian cautionary tale of religious-right extremism/intolerance that is allowed to spiral out of control and take over the US government.
In my opinion the author's condemnation of that intolerance becomes as intolerant and misguided as the "evil" she sets out to condemn in the first place.
The only reason I hung on as long as I did was because of the narrator. She made me believe she really was Offred. At first, her narration seemed a little distant, almost as if she was reading a book out loud, but her style fit the story well.
There were twists and surprises that I thought were well done.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
The writing was unfathomable. I am not one for futuristic stories or fatalistic dooms day type. The story disturbed me but I couldn't put it down.
She was excellent. I believed she was there and like a good friend was telling me the story. I never felt like she was "acting" or that it wasn't her story.
This is a must read, no matter what kind of books you read, it has just enough suspense and creates an interest you can't tear yourself away from though at times to disturbed to listen.
This story is well written and compelling and Claire Danes gave an excellent performance! While I loved the narration and the writing, the story was deeply disturbing and a bit painful to get through. (My empathy meter is generally set to high when it comes to injustices and this book had it pegged.)
Take an absolutely brilliant novel and add an equally brilliant performance by Claire Danes and the result is one of the best listens ever! Atwood's book is a cautionary tale about how the world can change...not always for the better. Claire Danes' narration brings an entirely new dimension to a book that has always been a favorite read. It makes you really appreciate how much a narrator adds/detracts from the listening experience. If you loved the book you will definitely not be disappointed in this production!
“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” ― Voltaire
Unfortunately, Claire Daines will always be that weird girl from My So Called Life back in the 90s. For this reason, I found her narration to be very distracting. I have never seen her in the new show she's in, so maybe if I had her voice wouldn't be so familiar to me from her whiny character on that show, but it is. She did however do a great job at performing a choppy, hard-to-follow book.
Onto the book: Ummm... What? What did I just listen to? I get it... The author is terrified that a radical Christian/Semi-old testament political movement will take place and somehow there will be women who have to act like surrogates to old men, and they will go through sick, mind-numbing radical training (that doesn't work) to reprogram them to agree with the government in thinking that women are the source of all problems. The problem wasn't this thinking, it was the lack of direction of the story. You start off in present times, you go back, forward, back, sideways, who's this guy? him? oh no, him.. who's this? oh yeah, the friend. I found myself having to remind myself au nauseum who everyone was until about halfway through the book and then according to that would have to figure out what time period this was taking place in. I am definitely not a "simple" person, so I wish I had gotten what the hype was about, but in the end, I was happy it was the end. And on the end... Just don't... It's so long and boring... Just assume the ending you want and skip the whole validity lecture.
I don't know what I expected from this book, but it wasn't what it is! Interesting tale, "alternative future" quasi-sci-fi . . . while I wouldn't say it's a book I'd recommend to all my friends, it was definitely on the better side of what passes for escapist fiction. A very worthy use of a credit, well-written, (much above average in this regard for the genre) and an EXCELLENT performance by Claire Danes.
I love listening to books while driving, even short drives. I can learn, or be transported. I have become a calmer driver through books.
Claire Dane's awesome way of telling the story. The story is interesting, thank God fiction, and makes you think. Claire Danes kept me listening, even in the beginning when I hadn't actually been drawn in by the story yet. Once I was into the book, I was invested in picturing Ms. Danes in the situations the main character was going through.
How all the different characters handled the situations they were suddenly in was interesting.
Claire Danes was excellent in reading the book with interest. She made subtle or dramatic changes in voice to bring the various characters to life. She is excellent at her job, and easy to listen to.
I purchased this as one of those "it's a classic, so I guess I should read it" books. Well, I was very pleasantly surprised.
I can certainly see how this book will have stirred up anger within the religious communities, as the core of the story warns against religious extremism. It does so under the guise of a story set in the future where religious extremism has triumphed in the USA.
The story may be odd to follow to some. I thought it was masterfully crafted, and the ending leaves one thinking of the book long after it has been finished. This is, in my mind, a hallmark of great story.
Finally, a word about the performance. It was very well done. Claire Danes cadence and tone made the listening experience very pleasurable, and made me believe I was actually listening to the voice of the main character.
In summary, I highly recommend this story. It really is a classic.