©2003 Margaret Atwood; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"Rigorous in its chilling insights and riveting in its fast-paced 'what if' dramatization, Atwood's superb novel is as brilliantly provocative as it is profoundly engaging." (Booklist)
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I found this dystopia initially a little hard to get into but ultimately captivating and thought provoking.
"Amazing Story That's Difficult to Perform"
This book was written in a Difficult style for an audiobook, but it works here. I think we need a handout for this one.
"My favourite distopia. Awesome, awesome, awesome!"
Read this and then read the next two books which are just as great or possibly even more fabulous.
It took me a while to get into the story but once I did it intrigued me so much...I love how the storyline evokes bit by bit and backwards, so only towards the end of it you're able to pull all pieces together. Also the last paragraph of the books leaves you wanting to get to part 2 of the trilogy right away.
"top sci-fi story"
Brilliant story, $hould be made into I film!! Will have to listen to next to parts!
"Not for the faint of heart"
I really like Margaret Atwood, and what I've read of this series, it's well read and well written, but there are some dark themes in this one and I nearly had to turn it off a few times. I made it through and I suppose it was worth it, but I would've liked a warning before I dove in.
"Liked it a lot, but a bit bleak"
The handmaid's tale. Just as bleak. Atwood does bleak really well.
Once it got going, yes
"Keeps you hooked all the way through"
The way the story slowly reveals and some things are never quite explained you have to make your own decisions as to what really happened
The suggestion that it could happen
The different voices it was easy to tell who was talking in the story also the voice for Jimmy it had a despair to it that seemed to match his life
"Give it time and it rewards!"
Reading the description of this book, I thought it might be an interesting read.
Starting off however the story seemed disjointed and poorly laid out. You are in the dark as to the whole purpose of the story. You learn of details of a man's childhood, Snowman's childhood, but to what end you are not sure and could easily lose interest.
It was not until a third of the way into the story that the plot really takes off and characters and events become interesting.
For the last third of the story I was hooked. The idea of the story and characters are clever and very strong and engaging.
Overall totally worth listening to. Some of the early parts of the story still seem only slightly relevant but the last half of the story is magic and makes the whole experience worthwhile!
Browsing the library of stories.
The final revelations of plot are thought provoking and fascinating in terms of our future in the technological society we live and in terms of understanding the characters the author has created.
The ending of each character is tragic and moving but only because the author has your interest invested in them by that point.
I haven't, but I will now!
An excellent story, beautifully read. What more can I say? Listen to it!
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