I've got dogs
With all of the talk I thought I would really enjoy it, but it was just ok. I had more questions than answers when I finished. I couldn't really connect with characters.
Claire Danes' narration and character voices are fantastic. She does a great job of bringing this story to life.
It's amazing that this book has been continuously in print since it burst onto the scene in 1986. Heartening, because it tackles many, many aspects of misogyny and social imbalance.
I found this book impossible to stop listening to even at its grimmest moments. It is interesting, thought-provoking, and surprising.
Clare Danes reading was the highlight.
The author spends too many "pages " giving detailed descriptions and multiple analogies of nearly everything mentioned in the book...including several repeated descriptions with additional analogies of the same situation/thought/feeling or observation when it occurred again.
Although some descriptions/analogies bordered on poetic, only one for each would have been sufficient. For this reason I would not suggest the audible version. Instead, reading the book,which allows skimming more readily, might be better.
In addition, and perhaps because so much time was wasted on above, there were so many possible scenarios left untouched that would have made the story more interesting and moving...I kept waiting for a twist or some suspense, anything to entice me to keep listening. The only enticement to keep going was the hope for that to occur. But right to the end there were none. Thus, the story moved slowly and evoked little emotion. That is my main criticism.
I was spellbound by this story and couldn't stop listening! Once upon a time it might have seemed an impossible future, but it's becoming frighteningly probable.
The story jumps around abstractly, making it hard to figure out the timeline. I'm sure if I was actually reading it, it would be easier to follow. The book was a caricature of policies that are being pushed through now. Environmentalism, birth control and abortion, gender inequality. The ending gave no resolution, which drives me crazy, but that is my own personal opinion-some people don't mind that kind of thing.
Loved it! I became so immersed in this I didn't want to stop listening. Clare Danes does an excellent job and is the perfect narrator for such a story. The only negative to me was the unanswered questions at the end. I would've liked to have known more details of what happened when she was captured and in turn what happened after she was taken from the Commander's house. But as stated, such is history....filled with unknowns.
Claire Danes reading this for audible was amazing. Such a captivating story. Definitely a MUST read(or listen to).
Monotone and just so boring. Tried my best to finish, was like pulling teeth. No redeeming qualities in my opinion.