subversive, entertaining, thought-provoking
I would compare this to The Giver by Lois Lowry because they are both similarly about controlling populations of people and totalitarian governments' failure to subdue the human spirit
I think Claire Danes' reading of the story is excellent; her voices with the characters help to flesh out the emotion behind the words. She does pause effectively and help the listener to follow the narrative more closely than an actor who would rush it.
The computer streaming could have been better. There were several times I had to restart my session due to frequent stops and fuzzy audio. My computer is hardwired on our business network with great performance otherwise, so I don't know why the audio didn't load as well that one day when it acted up.
It reminded me of my youth when I had a passion for dystopian books that were chillingly scary and believable in that far fetched way.
The epilogue. The cold analysis of how the story was likely preserved and all the uncertainty surrounding it was the saddest ending I could imagine.
I was put off by her monotone in the first few chapters but soon came to understand and appreciate her performance
I listened to it over a long weekend in more or less one sitting.
The plot played out very slowly from the beginning of the tale, teasing you along, and allowing you to believe it really could happen.
Avid audiobook listener and reader. I work in the tech industry, but like to go outside my comfort zone with fiction and non-fiction.
Love the story that is somewhat cautionary and yet hard to imagine ever happening. It is imaginative and more creative than most dystopian future stories.
Claire Danes = excellent narration! The story is fascinating and even though it jumps through time it is not too hard to follow! Definitely enjoyed greatly and highly recommend.
Usually, when I enjoy a book as much as I have this one, I hope it will be made into a movie. However, this one is an exception, for I cannot imagine a movie being able to capture the haunting and thought provoking aura of Claire Danes rendition of this recounting of events. Sobering, but very humane in its relating of human reaction to adverse circumstances. The government takeover and racial prejudices mentioned as preludes to the events related are believable in a very real, and thus disturbing way. Let us hope society does not turn into this.
I enjoyed this story. Another bleak story of mankind 's potential future, with realistic situations based on observations of this animal.
How the characters that were invisible in society were so vibrate in the story
Some parts of the story makes me feel like I'm missing big chunks of the story, and I swear I didn't fall asleep during it!
I found the book fascinating and eerily prescient. 31 years after it was published, the world is caught in a struggle between those who wish to create a global Gilead and those who fight against it. Ironically, those fighting it also struggle with internal pressures to create a similar structure, desiring to return our society to the pre 1960's under the guise of "traditional values." A great read! Should be required reading in school.