Flovilla, Georgia, United States | Member Since 2012
Okay, I didn't know what to expect when I bought this book, so I just took a chance. In the beginning, I thought, hmm, not sure about this book. But after a couple of chapters, I was totally laughing out loud! I would listen in my car on my way to work and have tears of laughter rolling down my face. Then when at work, I would share bits of the book with my friends and force them to listen to parts of it at lunch. The humor is so similar to that shared by my friends and me.
I also loved that the author reads this book. Usually I don't like author read books, but this time, hearing her story in her voice made all the difference.
Now, I cannot stress this enough, if you are a prude in any way, do not listen to this book, it will surely offend you. But if you roll with the punches and enjoy true and honest tales that are told with brilliant humor, you will love this book.
The Handmaid's Tale is a frightening portrayal of another reality. A reality I pray will never exist.. In this novel, the world as we know it no longer exists. It has been wracked by chemical and nuclear "accidents" as well as opportunistic wars.
Those who have risen to power, have created a scary existance for the rest of the population. Religious zealots now rule with an iron fist. They mandate all facets of life for everyone. The only way to survive is to accept their brutal form of religion where only the select few are considered worthy.
Women of child-bearing age, who are found to remain fertile despite the chemicals that have ravaged the earth, are relagated to repopulate the earth. It is their duty. Their life is no longer their own. In fact no one's life is their own anymore.
The novel is very thoughtfully written. The language flows beautifully and the narration is flawless. Claire Danes does the best narration I've listened to. She really captures the essance of the characters without embelishing them in anyway. She simply lets the characters be themselves and allows the author to create their voices.
This book was written several years ago, but given the divide in our present time it seems more relevant now than it was when originally written.
I'm sure there are those out there who will love this book, just not me. It simply wasn't the type of book I enjoy. The subject had great potential, but the book just doesn't get deep enough into the soul of the characters.
I just didn't bond with the characters in this book and didn't feel like I really got to know them well enough and therefore I found myself really not caring about them.
This book is a dark comedy and it is hilarious. I am so glad I chose to listen to this book rather than read it, because I'm not sure I could have made it as funny as the narrator did. The narration is probably the best I have heard; it really MADE the book. The story is odd and quirky and I loved it. The language is a little rough, so if you are easily offended, you might not like it as much, I was fine with the language, seemed realistic and made it funnier for me.
This book has been one of my favorite audiobooks so far. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 for story is the ending was somewhat dissapointing. The entire book is riveting and keeps you guessing. The book takes a turn about two-thirds through, but then starts to unravel a bit. I still highly recommend, I just would have ended it differently.
Yes, the way it is written. This book is written in short snip-its of unrelated topics. It could be a books of tweets! Not very interesting because there is no story here, just a family's daily encounters as they live in Paris.
The author narrates the book and she does so with a see-saw rythm and it is a little annoying.
Yes. The characters were very well developed and not run of the mill.
Hildy, for sure! She would clearly be the life the of the party. She is has a lot of depth to her character and is someone who could carry herself in just about any conversation. She is obviously never at a loss for words.
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