Insightful, exciting, political
Orwell's 1984 and other dystopian works - with a feminist twist. Also, the language is beautiful and the metaphors unexpected. I started to see my own place in the world with different eyes after having listened to The Handmaid's Tale.
Danes really got under my skin. Her diction and tone brought me very close to Atwood's protagonist.
No, but it gave me goosebumps, both because of the actual story and because of what it implies about the society in which we live today.
Indeed I would. It's entertaining, it's funny, it's engaging, and informative. There is a reason that this is the classic of classics. It kept me in a daze for a week, couldn't go anywhere without it!
Everything by Jane Austen and the Brontës of course, the dry humor is akin to that in E.M.Forster's works, and it also reminds me of the drama of Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg. But this is not only great literature - it's incredibly funny too.
Juliet Stevenson is just perfect. All the sociolects and dialects of the characters, the understated humour and the hyperboles fit perfectly into her way of performing this story. Brilliant.
All the hilarious dialogues between members of the rural community speculating on this and that, one character sillier than the next, and Juliet Stevenson's fantastic dialect interpretations of the Middlemarchers.
Fascinating characters and an exciting - and surprising! - plot, and splendidly narrated, too. A joy to listen to, I just couldn't stop.
One of the best audiobook readings I've experienced - brilliant dialects and voices. And a good sense of timing, brining out Pullman's very own brand of Victorian humour.
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