Handmaid's Tale is very near the top of the audiobooks I've listened to.
Far too many to share, and my memorable moments tend to be spoilers.
Unlike most audiobook productions, Claire Danes chose to read the book to us. It isn't a dramatization. She is just such an excellent voice and is able to form a unique tie between reader and story.
Gripping story, couldn't turn it off.
I bought this book based on the 5 star reviews and high praise. This book was a great disappointment. I stuck it out to see if the story redeemed itself. Nope.
The protagonist spent so much time on inner dialogue and self castigation it was hard to find a plot or story.
I believe I would recommend this book to the right person. It's fluff, and, occasionally, I enjoy fun fluff.
See above response.
Sookie and Bill's walk together.
Yes, it was. And worth the credit to boot.
I would like to make a statement in regard to the book series vs. the HBO True Blood adaptation. The screen adaption really is a completely different entity. It is nothing like the books, nor does it stay true to the characters or stories and plots. Very disappointing screen adaption. Stick with the books.
Yes. It's a guilty pleasure.
Yes, again, guilty pleasure.
Oooh, tough one. King is a character master. Lula would be hard to top, but what she did with Ranger was excellent interpretation.
Yes, I am inspired to prompt Janet to bring the series to a close. She just doesn't appear to have the passion for the characters so prevelant in the earlier series. It's only six hours long.
Janet, it's time for some closure. Out of respect for a very loyal fan base, go out with a bang- tucked away nicely please.
I haven't read the print edition, however, I think Scott Brick was the best narrator for the job.
I really enjoyed most of the book. My most memorable moments would cause a spoiler alert, so I'll refrain.
Scott Brick brings the characters and essence of the story to life in a way I would have not experienced had I read the print edition. Don't get me wrong, I love to read, I just really enjoy Brick's interpretation of character personalities as well as nuances of plot and feeling that you are there. As those of us who read DeMille know, John Corey is an entertaining character. Brick does a wonderful job expressing Corey's sarcasim as well as Kate's straight man banter.
Again, without spoiling, I would have to say I really enjoyed being there. DeMille and Brick bring you to the story so you can smell the filth, feel the grit in your teeth, as well as the stark fear coupled with well timed levity alive in the characters.
I recommend reading his Cory books in order. It's possible to read as a stand alone, but much more enjoyable when you know where it all began.
An interesting story with relatable characters.
I suppose, in fairness to other listeners, I should begin by stating that this is not a stand alone novel, and I have not read nor listened to any of Ms. Leigh's other works. I found the characters and plot to be slow to develop and then one dimensional.
The narrator had difficulty differentiating between male characters while making the female characters whiny.
If you've read all other works by this author, and just have to know about Dawg's sisters, you might like it. Otherwise- just pass it by.
A higher rating would require a cohesive story line and orchestrated plot. This story seems to have words plucked from the air to provide a bridge between poorly written sex scenes. The characters were wholly unremarkable, and I found myself turning the book off simply because I really didn't care to know the fate of the characters. I regret the loss of my time and investment of resources on this work.
I would not listen to another work by this author.
The narrator was over dramatic, virtually to the point of caricature.
Unfortunate and reckless use of star power from previous reviewers.
Perhaps someone might enjoy it more if they were looking for a sleep agent.
This book was a snore. It was words to fill in between sex scenes, which weren't interesting. The story line was flimsy, and characters poorly devoped. I found, to my surprise, that I just didn't care to know how the book ended.
I rarely review, and even more rare, don't finish a book. I just couldn't listen to another word.
Don't be fooled by too many star ratings, this book was a waste of a credit.
I hardly know how to evaluate the narrator, she had little to with which to work.
The two protagonists.
I can't imagine why anyone reads this writer. She has a prolific list of works. Marvels never cease.
I truly can't see what the most recent viewers can possibly have to complain about with this book. It has the perfect balance: Well researched, accurate history . . . extremely well developed characters . . . interesting plots that move quickly and aren't predictable. This book (and those which follow) is not for the faint of heart. It takes place in 18th century Scotland and England, these weren't peaceable times, folks! They were violent at times, and the violence and sex in the story is appropriate for the period. If you want a quick, easy and mindless read, try Harlequin. If you enjoy well researched historical fiction, this is a great book for you! The narrator is quite gifted, and brings the characters to life.
I emailed Harlan after I listened to this book, and that's exactly what I told him. I have listened to the other books in the Bolitar series at least 12 times each (I drive a lot). Harlan emailed me back and told me others have told him the exact opposite (his mommy?) and he thought it just depended on which narrator you heard first. . . .Nope! I think the world of Jonathan Marosz as a narrator, especially the diversity and consistency of his character voices. I believe they should re-record the book with Jonathan, as otherwise, a big section of his fan base will be disgusted. I did listen to the whole book, which was torture, but then I had to buy the book and read it myself to understand the story. They did learn, and kept Harlan out of the recording studio for subsequent books. If you are a Bolitar fan, buy the paperback for "Promise Me", then continue on audio for the rest of the series.
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