I had to play it back so I could make sure I didn't misunderstand it's meaning.
Read this book many years ago. It was gripping then. Narration is riveting. Could not recommend more highly. Thank you Margaret Atwood and Claire Danes for a wonderful experience.
I purchased this audio book because it came highly recommended. The story was extremely inventive and interesting. The problem I had was with the copious number of flashbacks and the endless (and I mean endless) similes. I kept thinking "get to the point". I got through it but it took some patience and effort.
loved Claire Danes as the narrator. Her voice transcends the humdrum terror that the "everyday" has become.
I absolutely devoured this book. It maintains the suspense throughout with slow, maintained reveals throughout the story. It's paced beautifully. The character development is also incredibly believable. While I sometimes had a hard time suspending my disbelief in regards to the plot and the built world, the characters are heartbreakingly realistic.
For me, this book is the feminist sister to "1984" and "Brave New World."
I enjoyed this just a much as I did when I first read it back in the 80's - probably more, as Danes' narration really does add something to the material. She has a good feel for the characters, especially the protagonist (as you would hope), and does a fine job of conveying Offred's emotional state as she's dragged through one indignity after another.
The few technical details that might seem dated don't detract from the story - it just feels like an alternate version of the USA, one where many things headed in different directions than our version.
As always, Margaret Atwood's lovely, poetic prose adds a delicious sense of gravity and portent to every scene.