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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.
Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe starts out slow and in a remote, cold and desolate location that I have never had a desire to visit. I almost stopped listening right there. But I hung in there and was richly rewarded. Bill Bryson delivers a European travel log full of wit and unfaultering truth.
I love the details of the travel hiccups and mishaps and of course totally related to the gaps in communication and the glaring differences between Americans and Europeans that after all make travel interesting and fun.
The point of travel is to venture into the unfamiliar to view the unviewed and to meet the unknown. Bill Bryson took me on a trip through Europe and reminded me of how much I miss being there when I'm away.
If you have previously visited Europe, you will enjoy the rekindling of memories, if you have never been to Europe, you will get a taste in this book.
One note, this book is based on Bill Bryson's trip through Europe in the 1990s and much has changed and much has stayed the same.
I like Dorothea Benton Frank novels and this was true to her form. It has lots of low country references, love lost, family dynamics and love found. It was entertaining and enjoyable. It is not a book that inspires great thought, but it is a nice retreat at the end of a busy day.
This book simply was not a book for me. It was just too soft. I could not develop much feelings for the characters and the storyline. It was like a Hallmark movie. No depth and no substance.
This is a quick listen so there is not a lot of commitment to the book or to the characters. The characters are not well explored and I didn't find myself attached to any of them. I thought the premiss was a good one and it could have been a fantastic book had it dug a little deeper into the thoughts and feelings of the characters.
It is okay, just okay.
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I really am not a chic-lit kind of reader, but I was looking for something a bit lighter than my normal reading material. I was pleasantly pleased with this book.
I liked that the story centered on a mature character and that she was a strong woman with a sense of determination. I thought the main character was one of Dorothea Benton Frank's best. Les proved to be a formidible woman who maintained her dignitiy and her devotion to her family.
The only weakness to this book was unfortunately the narrater. I am sure Robin Miles is great at reading other books, but this book was set in the south and the characters were southern. Robin Miles is definately not southern. I found the over reach of the southern accent to be a little distracting.
All in all though I thought this was a really good book.
I really enjoyed this book. The story was captivating and the narrator was excellent. This book really came to life for me and began to feel as if I really knew the characters.
I love reading anything by Carl Hiassen! His books are clever, insightful and hillarious. This one was dead on the money with the others. It kept me laughing out loud and rooting for the main character the entire way through. I hated to see it end.
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.
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.
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