The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs….
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"A modern historic tale!"
I am so glad audible introduced me to Oryx and Crake, for without that as my first purchase I would never have known about Margaret Atwood.
I consider myself a knowledgeable reader, but I'm in my late 30's and had never heard of this revolutionary author.
Althogh I have only read the maddadam triology and the handmaid's tale, i feel that the novels are outstanding and unique.
In all, I am so glad i stumbled upon Margaret Atwood's novels, as now I have a great author to look forward to reading!
"Engaging, absorbing, fantastic!"
I definitely would. It was completely absorbing, and I'm sure I'll come back to this book at some point, to paw over it.
No, I haven't - but I will now. I didn't like her at first, her voice seemed quite shrill and strained. But she grew on me, and I really loved her performance.
Yes! I listened to the first half quicker than I have ever listened to an audiobook before. The second half had to wait until after a busy weekend, when I was eager to return to it the entire time.
Great book. I can't believe I put it off for so long - don't make the same mistake as me ;)
"Can't finish this"
I feel it's a bit unfair to rate before finishing listening, but I'm really struggling to get over the narrator's English accent (I am English), which seems inauthentic against the story, which is clearly set in a distopian North America and uses jargon that sounds really incongruous when said by an English person. If you can get over this, give this book a go, I guess!
"A Bizarre Turn-On"
This is a book that requires multiple listenings or a very thorough read-through. It makes statements in a dystopian scenario that are otherwise unheard, through a refreshingly sexual lens.
The reader is quite gripping, although I tend to listen at 2 times the speed to get through books as quickly as possible, so it's difficult for me to comment.
There isn't much to say about this book that wont give away too much. My only problem with it is that there isn't a lot of movement. Though I suppose that is the idea in a prison-like setting. It does become somewhat tedious, yet if you really let yourself fall into the shoes of the protagonist, the raw emotion and desire it can provoke will drive you to keep reading.
"Doesn't really get going."
I had this book recommended to me by a friend, but I found it so slow to get going. I only made it to chapter 11, then skipped to the end and nothing seemed to really happen then either. I'd spend my months credit on something else.
"A Dystopian novel."
This novel is very scary and reminds me of 1984 another dystopian tale. Being of the female sex I am pro the women and think they are badly treated by all the males who seem to think they are above the law.
"Great, gripping story. Let down ending"
I loved this story and got totally into the characters only to be disappointed by the ending.
"A little disappointed"
I had hoped for a lot more in this book. The story is reasonably paced and the characters are interesting but there is a lack of thrill in the story. It all seems a little tame. Great narration though.
"Good book but not much of a story"
Although I thought this was good, I didn't really feel like this was a story. It's more an account of what someone's life would be like in this dystopia. That being said, I still enjoyed it and would recommend.
"Intriguing look at religious & political extremism"
It was a little difficult to work out what was going on in the beginning, but using a glossary of terms helped with that, and once I'd understood the different terms it was a brilliant depiction of surviving under such a brutal regime. Would recommend.
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