Rereading this terrifying novel, Margaret Atwood's nightmare novel is definitely one of my all-time favorite books.
Claire Danes is pitchperfect as the narrator and deftly reads the narration with clarity and simple emotion.
Atwood's imagery is charged with disquieting beauty.
Danes seems to effortlessly slip into the voice of Atwood's protagonist, while also clearly differentiating voices of other speakers in a way that allows the story to flow for the listener.
Not all men are evil, and not all religious people are blasphemous. But this book depicts how scary and disgusting the extremes of both can be.
Top 5 - the performance and story were equally enjoyable.
The Ceremony or the hanging at the end.
A truly disturbing look into a future that could be. The performance is well done, it felt like she was talking directly to me and sharing her tale.
inhabits this book!! Atwood must have written it with her performance in mind. I teach this book in 12th grade English, but only this year did I listen to the book as my refresher prep instead of re-reading it. Why not? I've always been a Claire Danes fan since "My So-called Life." She was brilliant. There were passages that I played for my classes because Dane's delivery elucidated the author's intent perfectly. If interested, there's a youtube video of her recording the book, Behind the Scenes with Claire Danes.
Danes does a great read, and from reading reviews on goodreads, the spoken performance might be easier to understand than the book, but saying would give some of the plot away so I won't. The story is excellent, thought written about a terrible dystopian world (that is downright eerie in its prescience, when you realize it was written in '84) so sometimes the story feels terrible. The ending is classic Atwood-- brilliant and unexpected, leaving the reader with lots to consider.
This story was such a disappointment. If not for Clair Danes performance I don't think I would have made it to the end.
I listened to the entire book so I could legitimately give a review. At 75% done, I was aching for it to end. Thankfully the plot does wrap up, and the final chapter was inventive. Second book I've read of Ms. Atwood, and second disappointment. Not my cup of tea.