I've read the Handmaid's Tale a number of times, so I know the story well. Listening to Claire Danes made this story come alive. She is masterful at using her voice to convey the emotions of the characters.
Atwood's novel opens with several important epigraphs, which have unaccountably been left out of this "unabridged" recording. I don't understand this. Otherwise, this is an excellent performance.
The bones of a good story, a clever idea,
but it was hard to read. The authors use of language was pretentious and grandiose taking away from the flow of the narrative.
very interesting intoxicating story. the future and the way propaganda and immoral transformational leadrrship is carried out turning our free society into anything but a free society. A version of enslavement and cultlike belief brings this tale to life through the eyes of a young women. Very nicely narrated
the storyteller herself read the book as if she wrote it. so amazing. must read!
In short, it was a difficult but thought provoking listen. I could not identify with the main character at all. I think Claire Danes did a decent job reading it, but my dislike of the protagonist made me dislike Claire Danes. Sorry Claire, I know it's not your fault.
Maybe I disliked her so much because this might be a realistic portrait of someone in a situation similar to this and that seems disappointing. Although, maybe she had Stockholm Syndrome?
Well worth another read. First read when newly published, the years have not aged this tale. Perhaps more relevant than ever, and the performance matched the author's voice without distracting. I encourage those experiencing this work for the first time to do so before watching the show.