Leave the celebrities at home! I love listening to books and am exasperated by the need for celebrities to insert their personalities into what is not theirs, leave the book reading to some of the wonderful narrators. Her voice and inflection was distracting and annoying and hard to get past to enjoy the story.
It's an interesting premise from a very interesting perspective. The author allows you to get close to your character in a way they are unable to get close to other characters in the story, which procures a personal relationship you share with the protagonist.
She did an excellent job with all the characters.
No, but that is because the difficulty of reading some parts that evoked a deep empathy for the protagonist. I needed a break from her world and her interpretation of that world.
This is an excellent book, and a wonderful audio book.
very interesting story
Thinking that it could happen now
It took me a while to get into the book, but once I was caught, it was in until the end.
The subject matter-why the handmaid and society was in their current situation-didn't sit well with my beliefs.
It was too obviously left wing and anit-God.
Clair Danes was fine. It was the story that I didn't care for.
I debated long and hard whether to give this 3 stars or 4. I ultimately decided on 3, notwithstanding the superb narration of Claire Danes. She is also the reason I downloaded the book in the first place, not knowing fully what to expect. It was generally a good story albeit, I thought, somewhat far fetched. It was thought provoking, however. We do take a lot of our freedoms for granted. For some reason, it is my time to be reading what are typically thought to be women's books. I am also in the process of reading Jane Eyre. That one I am thoroughly enjoying, already anticipating a 5 star review. Anyway, I for the most part found O Fred's tale interesting, particularly enhanced by the narration of Claire Danes, which I thought was great.
Let's be honest Claire Danes is genius, so I would say her narration. The story is interesting and made me think.
I think anyone would call this book anticlimactic but for me that was not an issue. I so enjoined listening and introspecting, it was one of those books for me. A book that I think about weeks and months after finishing. It is relevant, frightening and beautiful.
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I knew the rough outline of this story thanks to the movie, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen it. All I really remember about the movie is that is left me with an aversion to Robert Duval! Ha! Now that I have read the book, I want to see the movie again to see if my opinion of him will change.
It was a very interesting story, I am always impressed with the imagination it takes to create an alternate society. I liked that the facts of what happened in the world to bring us to this point, this dystopia, were unveiled slowly and through flashbacks of Offred’s life “before” and how she reflected on her new life as essentially a concubine.
I don’t want to risk divulging and spoilers, but I was unsatisfied with the end; I have lots of unanswered questions!
A minor complaint I have was with certain aspects of the author’s vision of the future: it felt dated. But it’s not her fault, the book was published three decades ago and from that perspective we had a different view of what the future would be!
•All books were transferred to CDs and then destroyed. In 1985 that seemed plausible! In 2014 with Ebooks and audiobooks, it’s preposterous.
•There was no more money; all replaced by electronic cards and if someone made purchase, the card number had to be typed in. In 1985 we did not swipe credit cards or have smart chip pin cards or have tap-and-pay like we do today!
•They found cassette tapes, but since cassettes were obsolete they had no cassette players and had to build one. Kind of silly - thinking of 8 tracks… lots of those players still around!
But these are petty details. Overall I liked the story very much.
Claire Danes did an amazing job. I had previously read this book many years ago but had forgotten much of the story so this was a great re-read.
I love this story, I already knew that but hearing from a great narrator made it even better. So much to like about the book including the setting the characters and inner thoughts. If you have never read anything by Margaret Atwood this is a great book to start with.
I would want to go to dinner with Luke or the Commander. I want to know what the men really think about what has been done to the women in society and why they let it happen.
I usually listen to books for about 30-45 minutes a day, as I exercise. Once I started this one, I just kept the headphones on all day and listened to it over just two weekends. Very engrossing story. Cannot say enough about Claire Danes' performance -- just incredibly well done.
I was sorry that I googled to find out if a movie had ever been made of this book. I saw the trailer and then wished I hadn't. Movie looks just dreadful. I also wished I could get the visuals from the movie trailer out of my head -- I preferred the ones I had conjured up.
I'm not sure I would have liked reading this book as much as I loved listening to it.
Highly recommend this audible book!
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Visceral, Haunting, Penetrating
In the frank, first person manner in which a woman tells her story, acknowledging the audience as an active participant in it with her, I might compare Handmaid's Tale to Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
But in the chilling, believable dystopian future portrayed by someone a generation or two removed from myself, I find That Hideous Strength by Clive Staples Lewis comparable. In both, control of information by a governing body play strong parts in the daily experiences of plebeians caught up in the changing of times.
I felt as though she had personally lived through it all and was sitting beside me on a bed, her hand on my arm, telling me this story, switching from distant past, to near past, to present, carefully weaving them together to make sense of experiences she could herself barely understand. Because I occasionally became lost in these seamless interchanges between time periods experienced by the Handmaid, I gave the story four stars for getting lost and confused. However, I feel that, when people remember, they often do the same thing without notice or warning, and it is equally confusing then. So, perhaps, it adds an additional dimension of realism. It was still confusing, but hearing it through Danes' voice brought clarity that may have otherwise been lost.