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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-17

the accent of the reader was distracting

great book, really striking and prophetic but the narrator was distracting. her accent didnt fit the story and at times sounded bored

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-30-17

can't reconcile the old lady voice

a couple of chapters in, can't reconcile the old lady voice with young lead narrating in first person present tense.

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  • Skinfull
  • 12-01-15

Boring, hard work to listen to and keep focused

What disappointed you about The Handmaid's Tale?

The writing style was difficult to get engaged with the characters. Description followed action as opposed to being in tandem which meant the picture being drawn by the artist took too long to be displayed.

What will your next listen be?

The Martian

Would you be willing to try another one of Joanna David’s performances?

Yes, the performance was no the issue.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The performance of the reader suited the theme of the book.

Any additional comments?

I'll steer away from this writer in future.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • MsRanPan
  • 12-14-13

Worth a listen

I saw the film and, as is the case, when I realised it was actually a book first I had to read (hear) it. It's completely absorbing and a quite scary. I was really drawn in both by the writer and reader and it really makes you think and feel for the people involved. I think there could have been more depth in places (I won't say so as not to spoil it!) just to add more to the story and get you as a reader more invested but that didn't detract from the story. It's definitely worth a credit!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss Powell
  • 10-12-17

Harrowing, thought provoking story read V well

A must-read for anyone interested in womens rights or feminism. A terrifying thought provoking tale, scarily prophetic considering it was written in the 80s!! I highly recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lukasz Stasiak
  • 08-03-17

Interesting concept, disappointing story line

I was intrigued by the concept of regime and the world that the Handmaid leaves. The author described the environment very good linguistically. I could't help the feeling that the main plot was just not strong enough, and the confirmation came in the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss
  • 07-23-17

an endurance to listen to

This book is like the poor relation of 1984. Nothing really happens and the narrator has an middle class English accent which doesn't fit with the central character clearly being American! I don't understand what all the fuss was about this book.

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  • Reviewer A
  • 07-16-17

Ruined by actress - unbearable accent

I love the novel, long one of my favourites, but the actress is horrifyingly midcast. What were they thinking of? Her prissy, cut glass English accent was so distracting and irritating I couldn't bear to listen any more. I kept hoping I would stop being irritated by it but my exasperation with her only grew to the point of growing agitated and I had to abandon. Why can't UK listeners have perfectly cast American Claire Danes instead of Joanna David, who may be good in other things but is unspeakably wrong for this? Offred is American and should not sound like the queen!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-16-17

Brilliant!

The book is a compelling story line.The author a visionary.i couldn,t stop listening to this book.Just a shame that the actors voice being cut glass English seemed totally out of sync with the character who is an American. looking forward to watching the next episode of the series on tv tonight!

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  • Kiera Bird
  • 07-10-17

Fantastic book - shame about the narration

Would you consider the audio edition of The Handmaid's Tale to be better than the print version?

No - not this audio version anyway, I could definitely feel more connected with Offred when I read the book myself but the choice of narrator let this audio version down.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Offred of course. He strength in character is admirable and she endured so much.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This narrator is British, Offred is not. This narrator should be 33 years of age when it is clear in her voice that she is much older than this. It is told mostly in the present tense so it should be someone of the same age doing the narration. It would be great if Elizabeth Moss could do the narration of it considering her amazing performance on the TV show.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

So many that I cannot list them all but the description of her daughter being taken from her was especially poignant for me.

Any additional comments?

I don't want to criticise the narrator of this book as Joanna David is excellent at narration in others however, she just wasn't the right fit for this book at all. I would very much like to see this redone with the correctly cast person for Offred and relisten to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicky1704
  • 11-14-17

Unredeemable Darkness

Well written and structured but this bleak view of women's lives in 2095 is dark and disturbing. It was difficult to read/listen to with a humorless miserable rendition of female abuse. Not a theme that delivered anything positive. Depressing.

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  • Trudy
  • 11-12-17

The Tale of two Time periods!

Excellent, loved it! Narration was great, storyline riveting. I will definitely try another book by Atwood.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-17

Not for me

I found it weird and boring although the concept had me intrigued the actual story was slow and boring

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  • Sarcha
  • 11-09-17

Amazing story, fantastic narrator

Such an immersive world, the narrator was fluid and a pleasure to listen to. I would highly recommend this book to everyone!

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  • Chrissie
  • 11-04-17

More drone

More like a book report and not really a great one . honestly I don't know how they made a series out of it, there is very little to make it interesting .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-17

Amazing!!

Written perfectly
Amazing story
Nothing will ever be like this book, what an amazing mind to have written this book

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  • Trevor
  • 10-31-17

Very disappointing

struggled with the whole story , very boring . Narrative was very droning to listen to. My apologies to the author for such a bad review of her sadly written novel. My apologies to the narrator for her melodious voice which only made the story all the worse to listen to.

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  • rachel
  • 10-30-17

Wonderful story and narration

I wish I read this before watching the tv series! But it was still a pleasure to listen to. Such a beautifully written story and Joanna David's narration was excellent.

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  • Jenny Le Noel
  • 10-29-17

great read

interesting concept went on a little long for me. the end was good but not ot satisfying

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-17

Very average but the TV show is much much better.

I struggled to finish this. It wasn't very well written and I happened to.find it quiet boring