The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Narrator: Claire Danes
Length: 11 hrs
Date Read: January 2017
Genre: General Fiction
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...
Publisher: Anchor Books
Read/Listened for Fun (Audible/Library)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
Quick Thoughts: It is really hard for me to put into words how I feel about this book. I thought it was fascinating and there were parts of the story that I was really absorbed by. However, the ending didn’t really work for me and there were other parts that just didn’t work for me either. Overall I am looking forward to the TV Series and I am glad that I read the book first.
Narrated by: Claire Danes /Length: 11 hrs
So I love Claire Danes as an actress but her performance was just OK. I felt there needed to more there even though it was a very strict setting. Overall it wasn’t a bad performance just wasn’t my favorite.
NOTE:My other reason for putting this is in the 3 range and not 4 is because of the timing. Seems like timeline wise there was about 10 years (maybe) between her being in “normal” times (going to college, married, etc) vs “new” times (being a handmaid). Even if I was to harken back to the 80s when our technology was not as advanced as today (I was a teenager then) this was a hard timeline to buy for me. It was too big of a flip too fast.
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