The story was interesting and the concept was well developed. The only thing that I did not like is that it was written in first person. As a first person narrative it is a little flat and one dimensional.
I would not have written it in first person. That would have allowed for deeper character development and thoughts of the other characters.
Yes, it was a good story and Claire Danes is an excellent reader.
yes! Claire Danes was enthralling.
"I am laughing"
She *was* Offred. She was perfect. Understated and beaten but not destroyed.
it could happen
Teacher-Librarian, an a avid audible listener:)
In my top 20, which is means it is tied with many of my most favorites.
OfFred, because it is her story.
She is excellent, what can you say, It Is Claire Danes!
A Hand Maids Tale, be careful it may be the future......
It was excellent, I had to walk away sometimes because it was so sad and creepy....but I always came back.
As we age our tastes change. When I was younger this book intriqued me and it kept my interest throughout. Now that I'm "mature", I was bored. It was me, not the book.
Reader, writer, listener, learner.
This is a classic tale, which I read years ago as a teen. Loved it then, and wanted to see if the Audible version would hold up to my dystopian-lovers' vision. It did. An enjoyable yet frightening re-read. Not at all dated.
A real pro. Well done.
I've read this book before, but Claire Dane's adds a whole new level to Offred, bringing her to life and giving her voice a sharper impact than I had ever experienced just reading the words.
We all consider, at some point, what will become of us? I think this is why there are so many dystopian novels. (269 listed on Wikipedia.) And who doesn't love a good end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it story?
One thing that I find interesting about the dystopian novels I've read is, while they all have the common theme of oppression, each author brings their own unique vision to the stories. Not one of the novels I've read has been a copycat of any of the others. This one is no exception, although it did kind of remind me of 'The Children of Men', in so far as the inability to procreate is concerned.
I was kind of freaked out by how similar some aspects of the book were to things that are happening now. The increase in religious fervor, to be specific. As a woman, it made me ask myself, in the situation presented in the book, would I allow myself to be degraded and controlled, or would I give my life for the freedom of living on my own terms?
There were two things about this book that made me give it a high rating. First, I have a serious girl crush on Claire Danes. I remember her in 'My So-Called Life' back in MTV's good ol' days, and I have loved her ever since. Besides my creepy fascination in dystopian novels, she is the reason I listened to this book. The second thing is, the ending. I remember finishing 1984 and thinking, that can't be it! We must overcome the oppressors! But no. That's it for the characters in 1984. The same old fear. Not so in 'The Handmaid's Tale.' The ending gives hope that, no matter how bad things get, there is something better waiting on the other side.
This is a gripping story that pulls you in and keeps you focused from start to finish. The author's way of maintaining the first person perspective by way of their thought process as they recount their experiences makes you feel like you are in the story. It's very immersive! Claire Danes does a fabulous job of reading this book. She makes the character really come to life.
The ending was a complete surprise to me. I wanted more!
She was a perfect fit for this character. Her tones and pace were could not have been better. I could actually picture her in this role.
Incredibly descriptive, first-person style -extremely compelling performance by Claire Danes. Her narration was gritty, heartbreaking & so convincing that it depressed the hell out of me! Half way through I almost put it down but I felt compelled to finish the book because I admired the author's command of the language...& I had no idea where this tale would lead.
The story depicts a future world, ruled by Men - where women are either forced baby-makers, whores or expendable slaves of the state....no chance of making this subject matter more enjoyable.
Claire Danes gave a compelling voice to this lonely, nameless character . Much of the dialogue was a conversation with herself - which she did very convincingly. Her narration was spot on. It was the nature of the story that made this book hard to enjoy.
The book ends abruptly & you're left in "mid-air". I wish the epilog would have been more informative & not so "academic". This was the first book that I purchased without reading a review. I don't think I'll do that again!
I wouldn't listen to this again, even though I loved the story teller. I just didn't like the way the author wrapped it up. The story was very slow in some sections. Just wasn't the book for me.
She has an amazing voice and can make an ordinary story a little better.