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.
I was so captivated I couldn't stop listening. I think my entire life was out on hold just so I could finish this story! It was such a plausible tale that gripped your attention to the possibility. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone and everyone.
love this story exclamation point I had read it years ago but listening to it again in this current day made it even more powerful. the narrator did an excellent job!
A creative story about a dystopian society. Personally, it was hard for me to keep up at first. The author often had "flashbacks" in the middle of scenes that were confusing to me (since I often multitask while listening). The ending was anything but.... I don't care for books that end on a climax or give characters an unforseeable future. The story left many questions and ultimately made me feel empty. I plan on watching the new show and wanted to read/year the original version first. I hope the show gives a better ending.
Maybe anything would hold ones attention delivered by Danes. Atwood and Danes together is difficult to put down. There is no romance, no black ops, no vampires, no self help or WW history or the girl and the whatever. It is a genre unto itself. I barely finished before seeking out another Atwood.
I have not read the print version.
The ending where the whole story was explained.
Where she told about their escape.
Yes, if I had the time.
I love audible books because I can listen while I am doing other things like driving or doing yard work.
Since I first read it years ago, when people asked about my favorite books, A Handmaid's Tale was always at the top of my list. It was my first dystopian novel and that genre quickly became my favorite. But I hadn't ever reread it. I think I was afraid that it wouldn't stand up against all the dystopian novels I've read since, that it only made an impression because it was the first. But I bought the audiobook when it was released read by Claire Danes. And waited. And waited. And finally decided to listen to it, revisit my old favorite. And it still stands up. Way, way up. In fact, I think I love it more now than I did before -- Claire Danes was excellent, but also the audio version gets around the odd punctuation and stream of consciousness style that could be distracting in the book.
It's still an amazing story, still so frightening because it's so plausible. Still filled with clever, beautiful prose. I didn't want it to end, again.