By

Read By

Joanna David

Length

11 hrs and 22 mins

Audiobook Review

The Handmaid's Tale

Genre(s)

Margaret Atwood

Overall
Performance

Chilling, Terrifying, Brilliant. An instant classic.

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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

THE BIRDICT

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Gilead is a nightmare brought to life and done so spectacularly by Margaret Atwood's incredible writing. This is an exploration of humanity with all its flaws and one done incredibly well.

It's the little details that really hit you. The changed names of the women, the forced greetings. Especially when Offred talks about her life before, a life we all recognise. The book doesn't go into enough detail as to the steps it took to get society to that place although that has since been addressed by the TV show.

I didn't love Offred as a person, but that was part of what made it brilliant. Even given this, I rooted for her, felt her pain.

Confession: I haven't read the sequel yet. I'm worried it might ruin the original.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

I originally listened to Joanna David narrate this and thoroughly enjoyed it. The latest version is an all star cast including Bradley Whitford, Amy Landecker, Ann Dowd and (drum roll) Elisabeth Moss, star of the TV adaptation. I can't imagine that being anything but brilliant.

SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO...​​

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I've read some brilliant books along the same lines as this, including Vox and Gather the Daughters. I'd also recommend Christian Nation
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ABOUT

The Handmaid's Tale

THE BLURB

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.

Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of 21st-century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit and astute perception.