Claire Danes just does a fantastic job with this - brings the character and story to life. Only wish there was more to it.
The reader is very 1 note and brings no emotion to the a very tedious story, takes awhile for the story to unfold in a very depressing time. I could only get 4hrs of the story and I couldn't bring myself to go back to it.
I love Audible!
I'm glad I finally listened to this book because it is so unique. I am a fan of Claire Danes but I wasn't really fond of her performance here.
Yes. As the storyline unrolls there are many intriguing conventions in this future society that are explained by the main character who transitioned the old ways to the new. Nicely done.
While the story itself was very good, Ms. Danes delivery was very much the icing on the cake.
No, but I would be eager to do so.
The main character was the most memorable because the story unfolds around her, although the Commander was interesting as well.
Thank you ,Audible, for arranging for Ms. Danes to perform for us.
Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!
Yes. The book evoked so many emotions from disgust to shock to relate-ability.
I honestly have never read another book like this. It has the same dystopian premise as many other books but I would say that the culture is more severe than The Hunger Games. I haven't read another dystopian book that had a society that was so religiously motivated.
The scene where Offred and Ofglen revealed their true thoughts to one another and the scene where the Commander takes Offred out. I didn't know what to expect.
Yes, neither though. This book was very thought provoking.
I really can't help wanting to know more about Offred.
Retired librarian, avid reader.
On both readings, the first some 25 years ago, I was totally engaged with the bravery and sensibility of the main character, Offred. It was easy to identify with her and her life, both before and after the overthrow of the US government.
The scenes depicting the new, improved Gileadian way of life, including the stylized "family" gathering for scripture reading, the mostly-futile attempts at conception, and the illicit Scrabble games and magazine reading in the evenings.
Certainly Offred is my favorite character. There is no other character that stands out so prominently and Claire Danes portrayal of her is excellent.
Fear and loathing -- fear that something like this actually could happen; loathing of fundamentalists (of all types) who are so afraid of their deeply internalized flaws and desires that they abuse their power through the imposition of strict controls over others.
The epilogue, taking place some 200 years in the future, reveals that the tale was pieced together from the content of cassette tapes transcribed by Offred. It supplies much-needed insight into what came after the time of the story and also provides a ray of hope for the future that serves to soften the harsher aspects of the Gileadian society. Perhaps it really does get better.
I couldn't stop listening to this story. The situation almost plausible. I could relate to the emotions of this girl.
David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna
I thought the plot and idea behind this book was unique and interesting, but I found the writing overly wordy and pretentious. I found myself waiting for the book to end instead of being engrossed and involved in the story. I also was disappointed by the abrupt, unresolved ending. Very unsatisfying and confusing. I'm not sure why this book received such great reviews. Claire Danes was okay, not fabulous. I think she did pretty good with the material she was given to work with. I wouldn't say that this book was a total waste of a credit but neither is it anything to write home about.
This was a great story that wrapped up rather too abruptly for my taste. The postlude is done in a different style entirely, dry and factual, and the listener is left to apply their own AHA! moments in a very different, less involved way than the earlier part of the book. Fortunately, the rest of the book is outstanding, and I've already recommended it to several friends. Nevertheless, if you are really stoked by satisfying endings, this won't cut it for you. On the other hand, if you love a good, thought-provoking story that causes you not only to reflect on our present culture but project to its possible repercussions in a near-future, you will love it.
It's a frightening account of a society gone very wrong by way of the debasement of women's rights and therefore everyone's human rights. The writing, with its very detailed descriptions of the main character's state of minds and actions powerfully convey a feeling of unbearable decadence and violence. The story is told in an amazingly unemotional manner, and Claire Danes' performance is impeccable that way; yet the uncomfortable story lingered in my memory long after I finished reading the book.