Take an absolutely brilliant novel and add an equally brilliant performance by Claire Danes and the result is one of the best listens ever! Atwood's book is a cautionary tale about how the world can change...not always for the better. Claire Danes' narration brings an entirely new dimension to a book that has always been a favorite read. It makes you really appreciate how much a narrator adds/detracts from the listening experience. If you loved the book you will definitely not be disappointed in this production!
I think that this "book" was free, but it wasn't even worth that! I listened to it several times and it didn't make any more sense the second time around. There are so many great books available I wouldn't suggest that anyone waste their time on this one. One senses that the authors were sincere in their efforts to write this book but their sincerity doesn't make for great literature.
As an MSNBC junkie and a huge fan of Rachel Maddow I was very familiar with the author. I heard him discussing the book on NPR and it sounded like a book that I would really enjoy and I wasn't disappointed. It wasn't so much that there was anything very revolutionary about the information presented but it did clarify exactly how the President's reelection was achieved. Initially, I wasn't wowed by the author's narration but I grew to appreciate his understated presentation. This allowed the listener to focus on the historical storyline and not be distracted by the narration. I agree with others who suggested that this book would probably not hold great interest to the loyal opposition.
Classics are that because they are timeless and hundreds of authors readapt this themes to reflect the times in which they write. Is it dated, of course, but it is also groundbreaking in it's use of a heroine rather than simply a hero to tell the story. Like so many classics that "we" never get around to actually read, Audible makes it painless to experience these books. Interestingly, I found the narration to be distracting. The reader was excellent but I found her rapid presentation somewhat distracting.
If you are a fan of FOX NEWS this is the book for you. Unfortunately, I am not a fan nor was I a fan of this book. It appeared to be very well researched with lots of statistics to support his ultra-conservative viewpoint. However, there was no attempt at objectivity in this work especially with regard to more contemporary events. Basically, the theme is that everything "liberal" has resulted in diaster for our country. I believe that some of us might disagree with this assessment. It was however not a total loss and if you have limited knowledge of American history this might prove to be a worthwhile listen.
If you are like most people who are iterested in knowing more about this organization, but are afraid to Google it because you think the members will arrive at your door like a visitor from outer space this book provides a good overview. It was actually during a visit to Clearwater that my curiousity was aroused, this was pre Tom Cruise mania. I felt that the author did an excellent job dealing with the more personal aspects of belonging to this group. I felt that there was one fatal flaw...why was the narrator a man??? The book was obviously written by a women and every time the narrator said "I" it was very disconcerting. While the narration was excellent it really didn't make any sense, to me, not to have it read by one of your female narrators!
I would have to say that the narrator makes this book. The story is told from multiple characters point of view and it could become very repetitive, however the narrator is so entertaining that it makes it all worthwhile. It really is a delightful listen.
I usually love my audible choices...not this time. I actually went back and read the description of the book and trust me the book is nothing like the brief overview. I thought who wouldn't love a book about a washed up and paranoid professor? However, most of the book is taken up with a disgusting story line of pale men who chant something about men being in control and then sacrifice and eat women...really! The narrator was actually quite good I can't imagine why he signed up to read such a lame book.
As a person who has limited interest in technology I found this book extremely interesting and well written. Obviously the author has an affinity for the "boys" at Google, but the reporting is pretty objective. When I stop googling long enough to think about what they accomplished it is mind altering. I have recommended this book to absolutely everyone!
It's hard to believe that this book was first published in 1920. Many of the themes are as relevant today as they were 90 years ago. The narrator is excellent and doesn't get "in the way" of the story line. This classic is definitely worth rediscovering.
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