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Audiobook Review

The Heart Goes Last

Margaret Atwood
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average rating is 5 out of 5
average rating is 5 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


Outrageously funny, dark absurdism


🧡 Atwood may be best known for her chilling tale of a handmaid, but she is also a comic genius. Think Ubik by Philip K Dick, think of the TV show Severance and you’re in the ballpark of this phenomenal dark comedy.

💚 Listen to this for the quirky humour, for the chickens, the woman in love with a stuffed toy and for all the sheer ridiculousness of it all. Listen to this for the whip smart commentary on the depths of desperation and human nature. Listen because you won’t be able to stop laughing. Just listen to this.


🎧 I’m going to come out and say it: I think this is a better listen than a read. Cassandra Campbell and Mark Deakins time the living chickens out of each punch line and Campbell in particular makes vapidity into an artform. I’m actually not sure if I’d have appreciated the true hilarity of some lines had I not had the benefit of their performance.


No spoilers for this one. Maybe next time!
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The Heart Goes Last


Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around - and fast.

The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed, and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in...for six months out of the year.

On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their 'civilian' homes.

At first, this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger.

With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled.
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