what is a scary view of the future, that is so tightly connected to the present. It is downright get spooking to read this during a presidential election that is bringing out the worst in many people. great book, great performance on e I got past the star factor.. But,hello? the ending came so suddenly I thought my clumsy thumb had accidentally Advanced 30 chapters to the end.
Glad to be able to "read" this with my daughter for her English class. It is much as I recall from college when I first read it. I found Atwood's tendency to describe everything three times tedious but the story remains powerful. The prescient blaming of Islamic terrorists at a time when Soviet Union was the threat when it was written is especially disturbing now. The subjugation of women by debit card inactivation also frighteningly realistic. Overall, much to consider in these days.
This book should fit well under horror for those who can picture details within this audiobook. Filled with twists stretched out so wide you won't know where it's turning. The narrqtive voice remains extremely reliable although they often interject with opinions. Preparing to watch the movie as I type this.
It was the book chosen by our bookclub, and while most of us said at the meeting that we likely wouldn't have chosen it on our own, we were glad because it turned out to be a fascinating read/listen.
The bedroom scene with wife, maiden and husband were so creepy, (and my husband found the movie version which I also watched during my read of this book and that even more so...) IMPRINTED IN MY BRAIN and can't get it out! Yuck!
When we read about historical fictional (or non-fiction), we usually see that people regret bad choices and events and often is about lessons learned to not go backwards in ways of thinking and living. But in this scenario, the society did go backwards on women's rights in such a severe and terrible way.
I love Claire Danes and she is wonderful as the narrator. But even she can't save this odd story that I kept waiting to relate to or enjoy. Skip it.
if you are interested in women's issues give it a try, as it looks at it through a fictional historical lens. it was a little dry, and the narration was OK, but a little monotone. I feel like I learned quite a bit about the character, and her struggle, and how that type of civilization could form, but I just found it hard to really get into. somewhat slow and the style was just on the dry side. but the overall story was interesting.
I would probably not recommend this book to a friend. I did not care for the ending. I felt as though there was never a climax!! I definitely expected more from Clare Danes as the narrator. She is an amazing actress and that did not carry over to this audible book. She was monotoned and blah throughout:(
Possibly if the subject seemed interesting and the price was right.
Probably if it was free or really cheap. Not high on my list though. I decided on this book since I had read something by Margaret Atwood long ago (probably this book), and I wondered what I'd think of it upon re-reading.
Her reading was boring. In order to not insult Claire Danes, I suspect that boring was what she and Margaret Atwood were going for. I think maybe a boring reading fit a boring life. It's been a while since I listened to this book, but, if I remember correctly, Claire's reading got more lively as the main character's life got more lively.
Not so much.