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
This isn't a genre I normally like, I have been passing this up for others on my wish list for a long time. Glad I finally got to it. Normally takes me a week to get through an audio book of this length. I finished listening to it in two days. Beautifully written. Almost poetic at times.
I loved this story. It is hard to believe that it is already 30 years old. It could be written today and carry the same weight. We, as society, ought to be more careful with our freedoms and heed Stwood's warning against apathy.
The story is beautifully told, yet there are so many questions unanswered. The book seems to be like a cautionary tale, like so many stories, to people who live there lives without questioning authority. That if we become complacent, we to could end up like so many of the characters in this fictional work of art.
Atwood's use of language and simile creates a gripping tale of one women's memories of life prior and during a dystopia society. While fictional works on such societies are popular (consider the recent popularity of youth novels like Hunger Games or Divergent) not many deal with the transitional phases of a society into a totalitarian regime. Claire Danes's narration of the work is beautiful but hard, which lends itself perfectly to the writing style. It is hard not get wrapped up in Offred's world and feel concern, worry and dread for her. Be advised, you will want to listen at all times. I found myself working out, driving, working and folding laundry to this reading. It's nearly impossible to stop.
It's important when reviewing a book to appreciate it for what it really is and not what you want it to be. If this book had done what I wanted, had resolved neatly, had given me a fairy tale ending, it's possible I would have liked it more, but it most likely would have impacted me less. As it is, the writing is lovely, if not laboriously descriptive and the narration is captivating. I also found myself thinking about women all over the world who face similar circumstances, not in some dystopian future, but right now, today. Highly recommend.
This is one of my favorite books, and the audio version did not disappoint. Really enjoyed the narration, and it is incredibly written.