The novel itself is a classic; reading the print version is a moving and terrifying experience.
But Claire Danes's narration elevates this classic to new heights. She embodies Offred so fully and completely that she has just become my favorite audiobook reader. She narrates with such conviction and yet with such grace and candor that I'm absolutely blown away by her performance. She never becomes maudlin or inappropriately emotional.
This was the perfect marriage of novel and casting. Buy it! You will not be disappointed.
Only on the first few chapter, and already annoyed that the narrator doesn't know how to pronounce Mary Brickell. It's BRICK-ell, not bri-CKELL. It's like nails on a chalkboard to a native Miamian.
I thought about shutting it off within the first five minutes, but I decided to get through the interminable prologue before giving up on it. It does get marginally better, but I wouldn't recommend it.
This is one of the most unfunny humor books I have ever read or downloaded. At times, I was vaguely amused, but my predominant emotion was annoyance. His voice is grating, and his repetition of "jokes" (his musical co-host is a feral mountain man) and phrases (I gave up after hearing "It Happened Today...in the Past" for the 200th time) is equally as grating. I truly don't understand why people found this so funny.
I suppose if you enjoyed his previous book, which after listening to this one I won't bother to try, you would like this. For my part, I would recommend Bossypants for a clever, funny humor book read by the author.
Hilarious stories, clever one-liners, and excellent narration make this my absolute favorite audiobook ever. Definitely worth a listen. I didn't delete it from my mp3 player because I plan to listen to it again soon.
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