I'm liking the Audible series performed by actors. Claire Danes does a great job of bringing Atwood's world to life, and Atwood, as always (in my experience) has these brilliant observations along the way that cannot be conveyed through any plot summary, though the plot is compelling with a 1984 flavor, too. So far, I have only read Atwood's speculative fiction (Handmaid, Maddaddam series), nonfiction (Payback), and myth retelling (The Penelopiad)...I'm looking forward to her other novels.
I also read dystopian fiction as a window in the fears of a particular time or of a particular people. This is a very interesting look at women and religion through the lens of the 1980's. Claire Danes is excellent in this instance.
Claire Danes did an impressive narration of Offred; the other characters weren't very memorable, but I heard all of Offred's fear, anger, sadness, and indignation in her voice.
It was disturbing and unbelievable when we finally realized the "ceremony"--essentially a three party rape. How awful and disturbing--for all parties involved.
Some books are just not for me. I found this one to be highly rated but it never really offered anything for me to truly embrace and commit my time to hearing. Yes, I believe there is a story here but just not one I wanted to be entertained by.
Absolutely. It's a shame that I didn't hear about it before now. The Handmaid's Tale is one of those eerie stories that sticks with you and haunts you. I'll be telling my friends about this one for sure.
The main character, Offred, was my favorite. Maybe she looks weak held up against a character like Moira, but I don't think so. I think that Offred's strength lies in her ability to adapt and in her determination to survive. Fighting back with guns blazing like Moira is one way to react, and there's a kind of strength in that, but there's also strength in quiet subversion, in keeping one's council and weighing one's thoughts. I liked that the author didn't patronize her main character, didn't make her look limp and dull and thoughtless. Offred was just so -human-.
Everything. This was a spot-on performance. I had high hopes for Claire Dane's narrating ability, and I wasn't disappointed at all.
Without wanting to give away any real spoilers, there were many. One in particular that hit me was in Offred's backstory shortly after Gilead froze women's assets, when Offred had lost everything because of her gender and her husband tells her "I'll take care of you." It was a sweet gesture, but Offred's reaction: "Is he patronizing me already?" struck a chord. She wasn't weak or feeble, she didn't want to be taken care of. I think she wanted to be understood, and her husband couldn't understand that nuance.
I don't often reread books, but this one is a must for me. Maybe it'll even be an annual story that I revisit, we'll see. But I look forward to enjoying the story-- and Claire Dane's performance-- again.
The author repetitively described things. Almost like she was trying to see how many different way things could be described.
This was a thought provoking, stirring, and yet down to earth story.
I felt like I could relate to the character, surprisingly. The intrusive thoughts, the horror of the situation, the understandable choices.
The description of how the women interacted with one another, during routine tasks. I could just imagine being there, holding my breath and second guessing every interaction, every tiny gesture or facial expression.
1984 meets the Scarlett Letter
I found this book disappointing. The narration was good but the story lacked depth. The only reason I finished it was because it was an audiobook....if I had been actually reading it I'm certain I would have never finished it.
I could not follow the story line at all. The books starts in the middle and goes back & forth in time. After an hour or so of listening, I still have no idea what is really going on so it is hard to maintain interest. This will be the first audiobook that I will not finish. Save your money.
Her descriptions were very good but I find the story too difficult to follow
Claire Danes is a wonderful narrator just wish it was a different story.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
When I first started reading this story, I wasn't sure I wanted to continue. Maybe because it forces you to think. It is difficult to imagine a scenario like this in a country where we are used to so much freedom. That being said, it did make me stop and think about the liberties our government seems to be taking for granted these days in the name of terrorism. I never really cared before, but after reading this book, I can see how it could be a slippery slope. Sometimes even fictional books can paint a picture which can help us see what could be if we continue on a certain path. Atlas Shrugged is one of those books, and The Handmaid's Tale is another. I only gave it 4 stars because I really hated the way the book ended. I felt like the author just got tired of writing and stopped.