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There was a lot more substance to the book than there was to the movie. I am a big fan of the movie, which I've seen at least three times (all on video). Atwood employed subtle literary devices reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor. It is a cautionary tale that stands the test of time. While the movie did not spell it out, the book portrays an America that has fallen into the hands of the Religious Right during a time of climate change and falling birth rates. The dystopia created by these forces is not beyond the possibility of realization. The narrator was the celebrated Clare Danes. Who could ask for more. I highly recommend this book, even if you've already read it, and even if you've seen the movie. In fact, if you've seen the movie, but not read the book, then you simply MUST download this audiobook.
Any dystopian novel of a bleak future. Take your pick.
No, I've not had the pleasure. She did a wonderful job of capturing the main characters personality: intelligent, resilient and determined to survive.
Every Woman is a Vessel
I relish the opportunity to listen to The Infernals again. The narrator was able to capture the entirely English sensibility of this book. The characters are quirky and easy to love. While probably written for a younger audience, say fourteen year olds, it is even better to listen to as an adult. It is multi-layered, like a Bugs Bunny cartoon. There's something for everyone. The explanation of quantum physics and multi-dimensionality is brilliant. Not that it matters much to our day to day lives, it is interesting nonetheless. The narrator was blasé without being patronizing. It's difficult to narrate a humorous story without sounding like a clown. Good show!
I don't want to give away anything, but Mrs. Abernathy is fabulous.
No, I've not had the pleasure.
It made me laugh out loud. A welcome release of emotion.
I would listen to G, N and W again, but not for a while. It is a well-written book, with lots of quotations by the primary players, and those who were in positions of influence and power. It is an intimate look at the lives of three men who were thrown into circumstances beyond their control and their attempts, however futile, to mold events. The narration was excellent, well-paced, clear, but with emphasis when needed. It is a tragedy of men who were unprepared for the Twentieth Century. All were born in the previous Century and were not visionaries- far from it. They were mediocre men, thrown into a milieux that was beyond their understanding.
I was surprised by what a sympathetic character Kaiser Wilhelm (Willie) was. While the text and narration did not seem to intend for this result. I found myself feeling a bit sorry for this eldest grandson of Queen Victoria who nearly died at birth and because of obstetrical mishandling was left deformed and in pain (both physically and emotionally) for the rest of his life. His treatment of his mother, of course, is inexcusable. The portrayal of Edward VII was also eye-opening. I merely saw him as a narcissistic voluptuary, but he was actually a man of substance and vision.
Sorry, no. I haven't listened to Rosalyn Landor's other performances but I give her 5 stars for this one. She read with equanimity and did a good job when quoting men. A lot of women narrators try to put it on thickly, but she didn't. Kudos!
Once was enough.
It all starts to blur.
For those of you who loved the first four books!
Dotrice is good at doing male voices but his female voices are sad. He's done a marvelous job so far overall.
I would recommend this book to anybody who likes a good story with a lot of humor, some of it quite grim.
The ending is classic.
He does voices very well. He's a good reader. What else is there to say.
It totally made me laugh.
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