I am actually Vickie, William's wife. I just use his account to buy my books!
Where I enjoyed the main body of the story, the leap to the future symposium style ending just left me flat.
I've always wanted to read this classic. Listening to it performed by Claire Danes was engaging and enjoyable. I love Atwood's attention to detail and historical references in the crafting of this dystopian tale. Disturbing, shocking, suspenseful, insightful, touching, and almost believable are all words to describe.
You have to wonder if this could really happen. Sadly- probably. Danes is an amazing reader. Loved her. The only reason I gave the book four instead of five stars was the ending. I felt a little cheated. I would still highly recommend this book.
loved it. tons of thought provoking ideas, and similarities from history to now and now to the future!
I enjoyed this book for the most part, I didn't enjoy the jumping back an forth from one part to another, but over all the book was good! I strongly suggest you listen to the "Historical Notes" at the end because apparently it changes everything, my friend had read the book but didn't real the historical notes, but when I let her listen to it, she said that it's like a whole different book!
Yes. Clare Danes really brings this book to life - the cover for this audiobook has the caption "Clare Danes performs The Handmaid's Tale", and that is a perfect description of what you get with her narration. The story, while highly implausible is interesting speculative fiction set in a polluted totalitarian future where religious zealots have taken over society and fertile women are enslaved to privileged households to bear children. Infertile women are regarded as "Unwomen" and sent to colonies where they spend the rest of their lives cleaning areas of pollution or, if they're "lucky" going into a bizarre form of state approved prostitution.The Handmaid's Tale is found after this era in the form of a set of cassette tapes, in which the Handmaid tells her story of life under this regime.
The "Ceremony" scene. Such a bizarre scene to imagine.
I can't say I have a favourite scene as the book is very bleak.
There are some graphic sex scenes which, ironically, considering the subject matter of the book, might offend some prudish people.The book is not withouts its flaws - as well as the implausible premise, it takes a long time to add context to the events that led to the time of the story. It fails to paint a full picture of the world outside of the town the story is set in, and because there is a need for the reader to have a good grasp of the context in which the book is set, you are left taking a lot for granted in order to "go along" with the premise of the story. Also, as a male, I can see the potential for this book to be misused or misinterpreted by extreme feminists.Having said that, this is a very interesting book and along with the wonderful narration, it makes for a thought provoking and engaging read / listen which I ploughed through over a matter of a few days.
One of the first things I learned in storytelling is no dreams and no travel stories. Dreams are too disjointed and travel stories are too lineal. I was tired of the main character's description of her dreams--for what purpose? Were they just to add more flowery descriptions and symbolism? Listened to more than half of the book and just had to give up. Too many good books out there to waste my time on this one. The symbolism was so obvious and cliche.
one of the most enjoyable audio book experiences for me thus far. Both the book content and style were well done -and Claire Danes reading brought the book to life