Addicted to Audible.
What a wonderful book! Brilliant yet terrifying, and not so far fetched as I first imagined! It really brings the things we take fro granted to the surface for us to rediscover and appreciate. It hits very close to home for me as a woman, mother and wife. This is an older book..1986 I believe, remastered for audio. I find the fact that it is an older book even more creepy as some things seem almost preminiscent. The narration is wonderful. I highly recommend this book.
Good story of post apocalyptic America.
The Hunger Games. People struggling in a post apocalyptic world.
The historical look back over the plot as an ending worked well as a literary device.
Wow. Just wow. Without giving too much away, the book tells a story as if you are reading from a woman's diary in a "post-apocolyptic" world where a social hierarchy is installed to help get the world back on track. Told from her perspective as a person of lower class in this society, you really get a sense of the heartache, sacrifice, and rebellious tendencies that she felt. The story is also relatable as she seemed like a middle class young mother before the transition to the new society.
The narration is right on cue. It was as if Clare Danes WAS the handmaiden. She got the tone of what I imagine this woman's feelings throughout the story would be just perfect.
I would read a sequel to this book in a second.
Hard to say, the writing was lovely, like poetry, Claire Danes did a great job reading it.
No I haven't but I will look for other books by her.
Loved Clare Danes. She's perfect for the voices.
Switching to the future.
Her times with Moira.
A blip in women's time.
Lives in Hollywood. Born in Paris. Raised in Washington, D.C. Capitals! Very effete and all so sweet. Cats have four feet, but I've only got three.
There was a lot more substance to the book than there was to the movie. I am a big fan of the movie, which I've seen at least three times (all on video). Atwood employed subtle literary devices reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor. It is a cautionary tale that stands the test of time. While the movie did not spell it out, the book portrays an America that has fallen into the hands of the Religious Right during a time of climate change and falling birth rates. The dystopia created by these forces is not beyond the possibility of realization. The narrator was the celebrated Clare Danes. Who could ask for more. I highly recommend this book, even if you've already read it, and even if you've seen the movie. In fact, if you've seen the movie, but not read the book, then you simply MUST download this audiobook.
Any dystopian novel of a bleak future. Take your pick.
No, I've not had the pleasure. She did a wonderful job of capturing the main characters personality: intelligent, resilient and determined to survive.
Every Woman is a Vessel
I am a D-Bag.
A great book of religion gone wrong. Shades of a mormon society on overdrive. Atwood has written several of these types of books. Although this isn't as good as Ox and crake and its sequel it still very good. Atwood is truely one of the top writers alive today but she is also insane. Just look up her website and read her nutty left wing agenda crap. So Im torn between the writing and the writer. If this woman owns more then four cats I think she may be the most dangerous person on the planet.
Claire Danes brings the characters to life. I have read the book, but found it a bit tedious as the plot is not straightforward. I enjoyed it more and understood it better as an audible book. It is a strange and quirky plot almost misogynist, but somehow believable fiction.
Any of the Moira scenes, especially her escape from the "Aunts"
"Don't wast your money, listen to the Claire Danes version on Audible"
I highly recommend this for people who like intelligent fiction.
I am an avid reader and high school English teacher who enjoys a variety of books, including literary fiction, YA, horror, and more.
Margaret Atwood's writing style is gorgeous, and her word play is just as lovely in audio as it is on the page. Claire Danes is a perfect fit as the narrator for this novel. If you haven't read a novel by Atwood before, this is a great place to start.
Offred. As a narrator, she is insightful and heartbreaking.
Any scene between Offred and Moira is great.
Whenever the narrator thinks of her past life, I get a little emotional. Although the story is great on its own, Danes elevates the story to another level with her subtle, yet heartfelt delivery.
Try this audiobook! I'm not one for writing reviews, but this book was too good not to write one for. I'm so glad I purchased this!
since I've read this!" books. Wow, what a waste of time and a credit. While the premise could have been great if better developed, it droned on and never came to a real conclusion. Very disappointing. Based on this book, I won't read another Atwood.