I loved the reading from Claire Danes, she sounds like the voice in my head when I'm reading. She did a good balance of telling a story but without too much flourish that you keep saying, I recognize that voice.
Disappointing is not the right word, I loved the writing and the ideas, its just too much to take some days. I listen to it on my way to work and it made me feel more depressed about the state of our political climate today. I want to come back to the story but I need a breather.
Though written quite awhile ago, this story is as timely today as it was when written. An exceptionally well-written and well-narrated book.
One of the best works I've been fortunate to enjoy of late. I may have to read it now.
The reader made me feel the emotion of the story - and emotionless parts as well. The story really left me wanting more and made me excited for the mini series coming up on Hulu!
I found the heroines ability to change her memory to make it a more palatable past fascinating.
No - but I certainly will.
Moira - because she found creative ways to rebel and never gave in to the brainwashing.
I hadn't read this book since high school, and rereading it - especially in these harrowing political times - refreshed my memory of its not-altogether-implausible details in a very real way.
Focus especially on chapter 28. It doesn't sound too difficult, does it? Totalitarian take over of a government by a crazed right-wing minority? A little violence, then takeover of the American banking system, made easy by our reliance on virtual money? You don't even have to be a doomsday prepper for that particular chapter to make you queasy.
Every American should be encouraged to read this book. NOW.
The plot synopsis makes this sound like a taught thriller-like read. Witht the recent political climate, one can see how these types of regimes can form; though perhaps not to this extreme. I was hoping for a tense read. intrigue, psychological webs, etc. Perhaps the Hulu series trailer amped me up. But the story is mundane. The character isn't likeable, though some may say she is admirable for her own acts of resistance, which are few and frail. The writing was laborious and repetative; overly descriptive. I haven't read any other of the author's work, so perhaps it was a character trait coming through i the writing. The most interesting chapters where the last few. The last one (a postscript type of narrative) making the whole previous tale more interesting.
Claire Danes was not a good choice, her voice lacks variety. she was dull to listen to, but the character was dull herself, so perhaps that was purposeful. in which case, good choice. I'm hoping the Hulu series is better.
This is by far one of the best books I've ever listened to. Highly recommend. Honestly, I wanted to read it before the Hulu show comes out. I saw a promo and I'd never heard of it before. This should have been something I read in high school or college. Truly one of the most captivating and spell binding stories ever. Loved it and want to explore more of Margaret's books!