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The Handmaid's Tale Audiobook

The Handmaid's Tale

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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….

©2011 Margaret Atwood (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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  • l du preez
    9/5/16
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    "Very enjoyable story and audiobook"

    Read absolutely beautifully, I very much enjoyed this story of politics, love and fear. I would recommend it as it is not overly convoluted or complicated (it can be enjoyed while running or tidying around) yet it has a deep and well constructed story that really provokes thought and wonder about our society and resonates with you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sceptic
    London
    8/10/16
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    "Solid performance."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this for fans of Margaret Atwood's speculative fictions.The first person narrator did, in the end, for me, get a little trying. I particularly liked the historical notes tagged onto the end!


    What three words best describe Joanna David’s performance?

    Joanna David does a decent job narrating this tale but hamstrung by her cut glass and slightly breathy english accent. This tale is set in New England or Maine and is peppered with references and allusions that have a local colour. Why, then, didn't we have an american reading the book. I think this would have made more sense and might have even have made it a little more engaging. (ps I am Welsh and not being nationalistic!).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    6/21/16
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    "Absolutely wonderful!"

    This was my fest Margaret Atwood novel and I was amazed by the plot and writing. My only criticism is that although it was read beautifully - a younger sounding voice would have been more appropriate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ManOfTheWeevil
    6/2/16
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    "Narrator excellent. Prose beautiful, plot meh"

    A very neat stroke to have this American set tale read by a very Englishwoman. And she did so excellently. So often an author will fill in the emotional context for a sentence one or two sentences later. Joanna David, the narrator, clearly took this task seriously and must have read each passage quite carefully before deciding how to read. This could otherwise have been a very monotonous novel given how much of it goes on inside one character's head.

    As for the writing, it was beautiful and perceptive as expected from Atwood and makes me want to get my money out of a bank right away.

    However, in comparison to the Maddaddam series which has many elements of form and content in common, it's clear that her storycraft - mastery of plot and suspense - were honed and improved since this was written. At points she even seems to break the 4th wall and confess that she has no particular idea where this is going. She will likely have justified this lack in the name of verisimilitude being that it's story about someone who has written a diary so she'd want the feel that this was an unremarkable, representative example of a handmaid's life. That's a copout.

    Still, if you like Atwood this is a must and it's a great reminder of how fragile any free society could be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Piacenza, Italy
    3/20/16
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    "I wish I'd read it sooner."

    My only regret is that I took so long before reading this title. I have read many of MA's books, but I can see why this is regarded as a classic.
    As always MA manages to be spot on with her insights into human hubris and desire framed in her familiar futuristic dystopias that feel only too plausible to be comfortable. I particularly like the epitaph that managed to put both the narrator and the reader in their place. Fantastic novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/7/16
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    "Modern Classic"
    What made the experience of listening to The Handmaid's Tale the most enjoyable?

    A great story really well narrated. So easy to get into and captured the characters really well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/27/16
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    "Great text thoughtfully narrated"

    I'm a big Atwood fan and really enjoyed this audio version. It's unabridged, which is great, and the narration is excellent. The character of Offred is thoughtfully portrayed and emotionally conveyed. As always, the the book is really easy to navigate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha
    2/15/16
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    "disappointed"

    I really struggled with this. I'm not sure if it was the story or narrator or both. I managed to listen to it all but then got annoyed with the ending. not my cup of tea

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    1/5/16
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    "Utopia"

    Joanna Davids narration was the only thing that kept this going.

    I have had this on my wish list for sometime and was rather dissapointed,

    It just did not engage, rather than feeling for the women and the lives they led, I got a bit bored which I am sure is not what Ms Attwood would want.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knoro
    12/15/15
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    "Ruined by the narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Handmaid's Tale to be better than the print version?

    Definitely not. Took a long time to get used to the narrator, who would be more suited to Pride and Prejudice than this. Would be miles better with the right narrator. Wish I had read the book rather than listened.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That said the story grew on me despite reminding me of 1984. A lot.


    What didn’t you like about Joanna David’s performance?

    Totally the wrong accent! Up market English for an American story where the main character is your average woman? Big mistake.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No but this was due to the narrator. Would most likely have given a different response to the right narrator, or if I had read the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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