The narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life. I felt like I was listening to the character actually talking.
It's a dark look at authoritarianism and the importance of freedom.
Parts of this book are pretty disturbing. I was listening to it on the way to work and had to quit because the scene was so upsetting. When I was back at home, however, I listened to it non-stop for a whole evening because I desperately wanted to find out what happened and how it ends. I'm not sure I'll ever read it again, but I can see why it is a classic and why it's been a banned book. I'm glad I read it.
I don't want to read the bestsellers. I want to read the best written.
This is the second time I have read this book and the first time as an audiobook. Ms. Danes brings remarkable talent to this telling of the handmaid's tale, adding appropriate tension, suspense and emotion to the first person narrative. I came away from the book feeling as if I heard it as the story was being told the first time. I think more than most audiobooks I have read, this performance added to the experience significantly.
The writing was brilliant. A nearly perfect novel. The theme perhaps more vital now than when it was written. Clare Danes was a perfect choice. Her performance flawless.
Immersive. Engrossing story with a perfect narrator performance. The post apocalyptic ultra conservative regime strips women on their rights. You see yourself in the story: what would you do in those circumstances? I loved the epilogue which provided a analytical perspective and historical comparisons
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It was a horror story about hopelessly trapped women, and no possibility of saving any of them. what's the point?
While the dystopian society presented is interesting, the incessant inclusion of wandering minutia reminded me of books written by authors who were paid by the word.
Nonetheless, the book is intelligently written and presents worthwhile philosophical questions.
I would only recommend The Handmaid's Tale to patient deep-thinkers.
It was an okay book, I had high expectations from previous reviews. It was much different than I expected and some parts were kind of slow. Claire Danes did a good job narrating though. Would recommend, but not raving reviews...
My favorite book of all time/ a chilling, terrifying possibility for the future/well-written must read
Claire Danes is sublime. I downloaded two books for free with Audibles and was about to give up on the app because the narration was (over-)exaggerated. Claire Danes' narration of The Handmaid's Tale was subtle and compelling with the right level of emotional intent, and convinced me to carry on using Audibles. Her telling of the story almost makes the actual story not matter, it's just interesting to listen to her voice.