This is not my usual fare. I picked it up as a daily deal because of the reviews. In fact, I was wary of its characterization as "literary fiction" because usually that stuff is too highbrow and artsy for me. As an "A-List" production by an A-List actress reading an A-List author, I had sneeringly high expectations. But wow, this really made me respect the designation of "literary." I didn't find the dystopian world all that amazing - any reader of fantasy or science fiction has surely read books that take place in more intricate, believable, or interesting worlds. But the writing... oh the writing. I guess it's been a while since I've read or listened to anything this lyrical.
Claire Danes did a perfect job narrating. She was not the best narrator I've ever heard, but she was the best for this story.
This is a great audiobook. Margaret Atwood is a fantastic writer and her dystopias chill to the bone..Claire Danes managed to bring Offred to life in a magnificent way. I loved listening to her and I am very happy that I bought this particular audiobook.
Woman's futuristic nightmare.
At first, I thought the whole thing sounded horribly implausible, that this piece of "speculative fiction" was ridiculously implausible. And then, bit by bit, I realized that - to some people - this was what they would consider a "better way of life." It made me sympathize with how threatened women must feel, ways I wouldn't even have considered. It was fascinating.
Her voice for Aunt Lydia - all imperious and elderly - was the most distinctive, but the entire performance was a spectacle.
The moment where Offred and Ofglen connect in a personal, secret way as they continue their walks, how guarded they all had to behave up until that moment.
Definitely in the top 10
Offred playing scrabble, the writing is so delicious.
Offred & Moira
Much of it.
I am amazed it took me so long to get to this book. It's incredible. It's Nineteen Eighty-Four for Feminists
I only do audiobooks when I have a long car ride, this time from Alabama to New Hampshire. This book did it's job, kept me engrossed in the story, the narration was great (although I did think about the tv show homeland from time to time due to the narrator). I liked it enough to order the dvd so I could see the movie!
The narrator, of course.
I liked the scene where she first met Nick for a tryst...it showed her tenacity for freedom
Kinda scary when you listen to the ending where they are reviewing this as a time past...what we are doing now and how they say it lead to this
She could have explained how came to be earlier in the book without you having to grapple so much with trying to understand everyone's place.
YES! This is a tale that you can easily immerse yourself in
I liked how just bits & pieces of her past life & the circumstances leading to the present government were interspaced in the tale until chapter 28, when all is told. I also love the choice of Claire Danes as narrator. She did an excellent job!
I liked everything about it, but having to choose I will pick the ending- with finding out that she survived, at least long enough to tell her tale. Also finding out that this period of government had ended.
Of course it will have to be the main character, who believing herself weak showed she was just human.
With the way the world is now & may be going this is a cautionary tale for women. Margaret Atwood is a superb writer & I enjoy all of her book.
Atwood's book is an excellent examination of a society based on religious fundamentalism. Claire Dane provided an excellent reading of the book - out of the hundreds of audio-books to which I have listened, this is the best performance by a reader that I have ever heard.
I was almost giving up on the book when I was about half way through the book. A lot of rambling. Too much back story and not enough about this future world she created. Not much is happening until the last 1/3 of the book. The last 1/3 of the book is good but only if you can get through the first 2/3.
I would rank this in the top 5. It was very well done.
Makes one think about women and losing more and more of their rights here in the U.S. and control of their bodies.