I was wary to read this because I thought it might be a little dull in terms of having too clear an agenda. I typically don't enjoy the Fareheit 451/Brave New World/1984 reimaginings of the future gone to seed. But because this is shaped entirely around one person's narrative experience, it's gripping from the start and shows perfectly the day-to-day horror of the scenario, rather than the theoretical or sentimental horror of such an oppressive system as a whole. And Claire Danes really reads it like an actor, so each moment is fully realized in emotion and action.
I listened while doing house cleaning so did not waste time.
No, I do not like stories that do not have a definite ending.
It was alright. Her mispronunciation of the word mauve repeatedly got to me though. she kept saying mawv when the correct pronunciation is mowv.
Maybe if the ending was better. The bulk of the story was not that bad. It was the ending I did not like.
It dragged on. Definitely was not my type of book.
Margaret Atwood is my favorite author, and Claire Daines does a great job evoking the character in her story. Very well done all around. I especially love the epilogue where she takes a historical view of the fictional world, but draws out the real world context that Atwood draws on. Genius!
The story was very hard to follow as it jumped from present to past and sometimes you weren't sure who or what was being described. Not at all what I expected from the write up. For me it was a book you begin & continue to see if it gets better or the end brings it all together, which it sort of did, but for me it did not get better
The story, while extremely well written and thought-provoking, is chilling. I tried to read it twice in hard copy, but couldn't stick with it. Claire Danes' performance is incredible and kept me interested through the last word. I can't say I enjoyed the book, but it is certainly worth reading.
I love how the author and the narrator keep you interested from the very beginning. It makes you feel like you are there in the the story anxious to learn more of what is happening and why, all the way until the end.
I have nothing but good things to say about this book and Danes' performance, one of the most touching works I've read/listened to. Danes' performance is totally unforgettable and a must-listen, even if you've read the book before. Her voice brings an amazing realness and life to the story.