Lover of a great memoir, far more interested in unusual stories. Prefer to read people of color, LGBT, women authors.
Not much. Another story, another narrator.
I found the post-apocalyptic harnessing of women's bodies for procreation foreboding of what is to come if many republicans in congress get their way and it is so eerie. I understand why Atwood wrote the book but the way it it told is very confusing and it is hard to follow. Once you understand what's going on it is just enraging. Dystopian womb-enslaving compounds. ::shiver::
Claire Danes is a fine actress but I find her annoying, no less in this role.
Not sure. I think many in the beginning where she is just doing chores and the story drags on without much information about who she is/where she is.
This is probably a much better book for folks who enjoy science fiction.
The story is drawn out and long with no real excitement and an especially flat ending. You go through listening/reading about all these characters with just as much detachment as the main character seems to have for everything. I felt I was tagging along to a bunch of thoughts that went nowhere. For example. The character spends all this time looking for Moyra and when she finally sees her again it's completely uneventful and then she says she never sees her again after that. Boring. And while some think the story is "possible" I would think that if infertility was an issue in a future scape that women would be more lab science projects rather than having some regressed society where women are enslaved to procreate?
The artful writing and the beautiful narration draw you into a tale that is frighteningly possible . This is a thought provoking look at the intersection of religion, politics, and women's rights.
This story is made far more real when it is read by a woman, especially one as talented as Claire Danes!
It is hard to believe this story wasn't written this year! The issues discussed have only become more important in our society since it was written.
Very depressing! What a horrible life this woman has! No happiness, joy, or peace when listening. I listen to books while running long each Saturday. Usually I'm excited to get a great book and run with it...Took all the joy out of my long run!
She reads it in a very sad depressed handmaiden way!
I can't even describe how bizarre this book was. It just emphasized my respect and awe at an author's ability to be so creative. I was a not disappointed in the ending for selfish reasons. You always want things tied up neatly. I would recommend this book.
I am not a regular reader of science fiction so I am not a seasoned critic of the genre. But I like intelligent and suspenseful stories and this is certainly one of them. I think it belongs in the same class as 1984,though this story is a little less dark and less despairing. Atwood is a poet and her prose shows it;it's very easy on the ear. Danes renders the prose like the professional actress she is. I am currently considering another Atwood novel. That should tell you how I feel about this book.
Good for folks who like futuristic stuff.
Added an adventurous escape.
Kept waiting for it. Totals waste of time and money.
None- would've added more about her escape and finding her daughter.
I was hoping for something more uplifting, but it never came. It was depression upon depression. I'm sure that was her goal, but it simply didn't work for me.
It's a classic story, very well written, about a bleak future so plausible it gives you goosebumps. A first person lucid and emotional depiction of a woman's years as a sex slave in a society that gathers all the political historical evils - religious fundamentalism, Nazism, autocracy, collectivism, Inquisition, Holocaust, forced indoctrination, and much more. A book that had to wait 30 years for its encounter with Claire Danes, who makes it one of the best stories ever told. Her voice, vulnerable, yet strong and precise, ample and equal like a big river caries you in this long journey that is a hymn to freedom and resilience in front of the hardest adversity - that when the entire society turns against the individual.
On a smaller scale, for me it was the best experience with an Audible book, or any other audio book (of which I listened to about 100+).