The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

byMargaret AtwoodRead byClaire Danes

Audio Book (CD) | July 22, 2014

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Audie Award, Fiction, 2013

Margaret Atwood’s popular dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale explores a broad range of issues relating to power, gender, and religious politics. Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner Claire Danes (Temple Grandin, Homeland) gives a stirring performance of this classic in speculative fiction, one of the most powerful and widely read novels of our time.

After a staged terrorist attack kills the President and most of Congress, the government is deposed and taken over by the oppressive and all controlling Republic of Gilead. Offred, now a Handmaid serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules in hopes of ending this oppression.

The Handmaid’s Tale is part of Audible’s A-List Collection, featuring the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star had a hand in selecting.

Nominated for the inaugural 2005 Man Booker International Prize, which recognizes one writer for his or her outstanding achievement in fiction, Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty-five internationally acclaimed works of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her numerous awards include the Governor General’s Award for The ...
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Title:The Handmaid's TaleFormat:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:6.75 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:July 22, 2014Publisher:Brilliance AudioLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking Really in depth read. Very good choice if you are in a book club, there is a lot to talk about!
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this book I admit I originally wanted to read this book because of a picket sign I saw in a picture of the womens' march, it said 'the Handmaid's tale is not a guidebook'. I bought the book knowing very little about it. Margaret Atwood is a very talented author and I am upset that it has taken me this long to discover her books. This may have been the first book that I have read by her but it most certainly will not be the last.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting An interesting view on an alternate universe. Makes you think.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Relevant Than Ever Beautifully written, and incredibly important in understanding the politics surrounding reproductive rights and gender politics today.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth a read Slow start, but a classic that is definitely worth sticking with it until the end.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read the book and watched the show I really enjoyed the show and I read the book after and liked it just as much.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible. Terrible. Terrible. It took great patience, many cups of coffee and intense concentration just to pass the 100 page mark. The book is horribly written with a complete lack of plot and character development.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have been better The theme is great, meaningful and coherent. However, the way the story is told becomes very boring and it took me a while to really get into it.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I found this book to be ok. It was very slow int he beginning making me put the book down a few times. But once I was a few chapters in, it grabbed my attention and I was able to finish it in a day.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good but not Great I found the story and themes this book interesting but the way the story was written make it boring and hard to get through.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good themes, but not riveting story telling I wanted to read the book before watching the tv show. I found the themes regarding fear mongering, feminism and religion to be interesting and thought provoking. However, I wish Atwood had gone more in depth regarding why the world was in the state that it was. Overall found it a boring read, I struggled to finish.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I felt it was boring. Writing was dry.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watched the show, read the book I was not expecting to love this book, but after watching the show (and enjoying it!) I felt that I should read the book. The book gives a greater depth and imagination to it. An interesting read.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scarily relivent. I had read this when I was in high school but didn't really remember much about it. Re-reading it as an adult, nearly 30 years later, I was blown away by how much this book had helped shape who I am today n requards to my views on women's rights and reproductive atonomy.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless A compelling story, it is one that I have gone back to and reread again and again over the years. This piece of literature is timeless, the concepts transcend time and are almost always relevant to the politics existing in the world no matter what decade. I would always recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking I've read Oryx and Crake in high school. Margaret Atwood is an awesome writer and this book was one of those that make you think a lot as you read.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ATwood is a prophet First, I did not see the series, so I can not speak to the TV tie-in. Science fiction is a wonderful genre that allows the writer and readers to explore the issues we would rather avoid. Although written 20 plus years ago, the issues raised have not gone away, rather we are closer to dystopia. She is unparalleled in her insight to the concerns and attitudes of the struggle to be female.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not all it's cracked up to be For whatever reason, I just could not wrap my head around this book. I wanted it to be over from the minute I started it. Sure, the dystopian premise is disturbing but it seemed as if not much happened. Even Offred herself seemed to be content in her misery. The ending was dry and the historical notes further confused me. Perhaps I’ll give the TV series a chance and maybe it will offer me more insight into the plot.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from over rated Too much hype. The story was lacking something. I kept waiting for something big to happen but nothing really did.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A cautionary tale that's becoming all too true I never had to read an Atwood for school before so much of my experiences reading her novels have been very pleasant and eye-opening. The experience reading The Handmaid's Tale was similar, and so much more. Let's just say I cannot believe that this novel is even more relevant than ever, and one that I'll hold the lessons and wisdom it imparts on the reader close to my heart lest we end up in an all too scarily conceivable future.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real page turner! I loved the way Atwood structures each chapter. Such a well written book and feels so topical with the current political climate. Couldn't put it down! Made me an even bigger fan of the TV series when it came out. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This should be required reading This is a novel that everyone should be familiar with, for its themes and messages. It's sending us a warning, a glimpse of the future if our current society should reach its "logical end," as Margaret Atwood put it. Engrossing and shocking. Not a story you'll soon forget.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Bought this on a whim because of the hype about the TV series, but can't put it down!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-so Kind of boring at times but not that horrible.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shockingy Stunning Memoir I read this book a few weeks ago, and I absolutely fell in love with it. Offred's tale and the dystopian world she lives in were impossible to turn away from, and I found myself oh so emotionally involved. Heart-wrenching and beautifully written, the Handmaid's Tale whisks the reader away to Gilead, a post-apocalyptic society in which women are divided by roles they are selected to fulfill. Offred gives us a first-person account of what life is like for a Handmaid, whose sole purpose is to reproduce. Forbidden to read, write, or wear anything but the red ensemble portrayed on the cover of this book, the Handmaids are more like possessions than people. Still, Offred has a courageous will to survive, that pours from the pages of her memoir. She gives the reader a full-frontal view of what life in Gilead is like, and hopes that someone, someday, will tell the tale. The Handmaid's Tale is thought-provoking, startling, and completely believable.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing writing style The writing in this book is very captivating, it'll keep you interested from start to finish, even if the story itself is not too eventful. The story is told from the perspective of Offred, a girl in a fucked up dystopian society, a result of rapid birth rate decline. It's a very interesting look into the human psyche, and the author does a good job at developing chilling ideas that will get stuck with you. Overall, it's not a revolutionary read or one that will change your life. But it might still make it into your top 25 list.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Did not meet my expectations
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Important read Very good book especially in the current state of the world now. Very relevant and important for feminist ideals
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great! The book is good as well as the series!
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such an important book! I think that everyone should read this book! It is very well written and deals with some very important concepts
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it then, love it now I've worn out two copies of my own, and given away another two copies because I want everyone I know to read this!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from creepy a great Canadian work and very eerie in the political climate #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic My first time reading Atwood's books and it was a well written and kept me intrigued from beginning to end. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Modern Classic Tale Chilling and also uplifting.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic This is my first Margaret Atwood read and I was not disappointed one bit. This book had me glued to its pages that I read it in 1 day. I cannot wait to begin to read more of her works. I loved everything about this book. I hope the TV show is just as good, I still have to watch!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A personal favourite Re-read this novel when the show was coming out. A huge Margaret Atwood fan. This is a classic.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book. The book is good as well as the series.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me I cannot enjoy the writing style of this author. I am unable to get involved.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoy the show more than the book Call me a millennial but I thoroughly enjoy the TV show more than the book which I find to drag a bit
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! Margaret Atwood is an amazing author who can connect us to a fictional world which may not be as far off as we think.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing and timely Very interesting read that is so appropriate for our times
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Handmaid's Tale A very interesting read that makes you think.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read, even if it was confusing Very well-written and intense, but thoroughly confusing at times to decipher exactly what was going on and where this woman lived and what kind of society existed. Also confusing is how the society managed to get itself like this.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! This was my first time reading a Margaret Atwood book and I absolutely loved it. The message is terrifying, but her writing just pulled me in. I'm excited to read more Atwood in the future!
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great book! If you have seen the show you will love it! It fills in some gaps. Good read!
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites Chilling, meaningful, relevant. One of the best novels to come out of feminist literature.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I bought this after watching an interview by one of the actresses in the show. It was very captivating. I believe I read this one in just a few days. The only thing I'm not overly joyed about was how I was left hanging at the end- I really want to know what happens next. Part 2 perhaps?
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Loved this book! Great story of a dystopian society that will keep you hooked and evoke plenty of emotions in you while you read it.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great but terrifying story! I watched the tv series first and was so curious how the story ends so I bought this book. It did not disappoint. I loved the writing style and was hooked throughout the whole story. Terrifying premise given our current political state.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Fantastic read. It kept me hooked, looking forward to watching the show
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from UGH Not my type of book, picked it up because of the huge hype from it, took my forever to read, the ending left me with more questions that I wanted
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes quite insightful and overall enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! Great Book! I definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is a challenging read, but it's fantastic. You HAVE to pair it with the show, it fills in so many details--ESPECIALLY with its epilogue. Its hard to believe Atwood wrote this in the mid-80's. It could have been written yesterday in the way it describes its "past" which is really our "present."
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Margaret Atwood novel I love The Handmaid's Tale. I read it in high school and wanted to own a copy to read before watching the mini-series. Normally, I hate buying TV tie-in editions, but the cover is so subtle it warranted an exception!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! Not only is this book incredibly well written but it is incredibly prescient. Even after making progress it is still possible to regress. This is an important book that deserves to be widely read as we go through these strange times.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic! If you want to see the difference between YA dystopian and literary dystopian, read this. When I read the Hunger Games about 5 years ago I was shocked by its premise. But the shock that comes with reading this book is on a different level. It has a different type of violence in it that you don't find within YA, and that's why it makes it even more horrifying to read. It was so good.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Let down I had such high hopes for this novel because of all of the hype behind the TV show. It took me a while to get into the story, I feel like it was very drawn out and there are big periods of time where nothing really seems to happen. It was not an enjoyable read, and I was very let down by this book.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More by Atwood! This was a gift to me and I LOVED IT! Being about women having virtually no reproduction rights and being separated from their families, it was one of the most scary books I have read - and not in the classical "jump scare" sense, but in the real life sense. I recommend this book to any friends who will listen. It started a theme of books I've chosen to read regarding women, reproduction, and fighting for their rights. For a while, I couldn't enjoy another book because it just was't the Handmaid's Tale. Definitely going to read more of Atwood!!
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I could have read something else I thought I would join the bandwagon and try reading this book. May have been Atwood's style of writing, or just the topic in general, but I didn't enjoy this book very much.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favorite book... Took me awhile to get through this one. Didn't really get interesting until about halfway through. This was my first Margaret Atwood book, might be the last
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read My sister had to read this for a university class and recommended it to me. I instantly fell in love with Margaret Atwoods writing! Will try more of her books in the future.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from eerie, twisted got this as a birthday gift, just as the series was released. i didn't finish the book until after the season was over. the timing of events between the book and the show differ but it's mostly the same. i would love to pick apart margaret atwood's brain and see where all of her unique and twisted plot ideas come from!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down... I started this book on a Sunday and was finished by Tuesday. Such an interesting read.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting Difficult to think this may be a possibility in the future. Amazing book...
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner Couldn't put it down. Finished it in one sitting!
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Absolutely flew though this book. I wanted to read the original before watching the new tv series. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting read I bought this book after seeing the ads on TV (it looked interesting enough). It was a dark and intense read. Definitely different then my usual reading content. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting book This book makes you think a lot about the actual world and how it might become if it keeps on being in a certain way. I love it!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Messed Up One of the most messed up utopian books I've ever read.. but really interesting non the less.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good not Great The very real plausibility of the premise of the novel is fantastic, but the way in which Atwood write felt cumbersome at times.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit of a let-down. I don't have very much to say about this one. Given the social issues of the time (which are, unfortunately, still overwhelmingly relevant), the general plot is great - and horrifically plausible. And as always, Atwood demonstrates a very complex and nuanced understanding of motivation and the human condition. But the execution is annoyingly protracted, the characters are rather dull (while this makes sense given their lives, it makes for a rather boring read), and the odd, incomplete snippets about Gilead leave a lot to be desired. The story was exactly what I expected in that I might as well have skipped it entirely. I was hoping that Atwood's brilliance would make it worthwhile; it didn't.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Couldn't put this book down, engaging from beginning to end
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Couldn't put this book down, engaging from beginning to end
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ~ I just bought this book and I'm so excited to start reading it! I love the cover art.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved- Loved Loved it!!! Wow! I absolutely loved reading this book. For some reason, I had not read any of her books for some time. Not really sure why except that I felt that everyone was just to hyped up on her as a written and this was only due to marketing and not her talent . Boy was I wrong!!! Silly me. Well, I must say , she is a great writer and I will most certainly be reading more of her books. Can't wait to read the next one I pick up!! Any one of them will do I am sure. I am so glad I picked this one up. I would recommend reading it for sure. I don't think I would watch the TV version of the book as I don't think it would be anywhere near as good.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding. “Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.” I am currently in the middle of this book, and I can already tell this is going to be one of my all time favourite books.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best!! i love this book, I only wish they would make a set of collection with all of the books.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this more than I thought I had skimmed over this book about a month before I bought it. For whatever reason the first time I had picked it up I wasn't interested. I then saw it again after having seen previews for the show, so I decided to pick it up and I am glad I did. I couldn't wait to pick this book up at the end of day, I wanted to find out more about Offred's experience and what would happen next. Written in the future, it's much different than any other similar books that i've read and keeps you interested until the very end
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love her Once again Margaret Atwood proves she is sharper and thought provoking than most with the richness (and scary relevance) that this novel provides.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it The book was very well written and the story was compelling.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it I read this book back in "86" and liked it. After that however I became disappointed in her writing. To avoid a greater disapointment I refuse to watch the tv series. I am glad I haven't. as my wife was binge watching it I was reading something Canadian and contemporary. As she was wearing the headphones and I could not hear the soundtrack I would every so often look up at the screen. It seemed that every time I looked up Kate Moss was having sex and that in itself turned me off as the "pandering" of so many Canadian novelists which David Adams Richards makes comment of in his latest novel just seemed to carry on and thus tv, although giving rebirth to a great novel has in fact destroyed the beauty and the horror of the original story. Sorry Margaret. You may be famous, and a great novelist, but "they" ruined this book.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reels you in!! I love Margaret Atwood books, and this has to be one of my favourites! I am always intrigued by the unique stories and style of writing that she uses. It's a cool read! :)
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love/Hate Relationship If reading about the stringent life in a totalitarian theocracy is your cup of tea, then this book is for you! I think more people need to read it and I am happy that a television program was made in its honour. It will make your skin crawl.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Loved the book so much now I'm starting the tv show!
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG LOVE THIS BOOK the same for the show
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great What an amazingly well written book. Thumbs up guys...
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! Always such an amazing read
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a favourite so dark , especially for a woman..
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An essential dystopian read I am not a huge fan of Margaret Atwood, but this book is an essential read. It explores a terrifying world that sadly resonates with today's life and times. #plumrewards
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Really interesting and original plot line, a dystopian setting with some pretty dark stuff.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Sadly, a sign of these times. A book of resignation and resistance.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Torn I am torn because i really loved this book but at the same time i hated the ending. Happy i can watch the show now because i always read before watching.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary in its predictions So well written and grasping but often hits close to home with what is happening in the world...incredible story.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I am a feminist but This book was a little too dark for me.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book so far A great book so far, I was a bit confused in the beginning but now that I understand the logistics of it it's a great book
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Atwood One of her best novels. A scary vision for the future. Must-read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing such a good book, and very relevant for today
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good creepy and relevant. good read
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary Great novel. Even though this came out decades ago, it's relevance to today is startling. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Terrifying, Emotionally Charged I loved this book. Admittedly there were times when I found it a bit draining to read, some parts were rather raw emotionally, and overall the thought of a society like this was terrifying. When I finished I wished so much that there was a sequel, though I desired no more time in Gilead! This would make an amazing bookclub pick, LOTS to discuss.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read this book when I was a teen and again as an adult. It's amazing how much more you get from a book when you read it a 2nd time. Atwood really is amazing with words. You get to know the characters so well. I wish there was a sequel. AMAZING!
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow I was really interested in reading this book due to the series that came out. To be honest I found it to be very slow and quite boring. It was somewhat interesting towards the middle but I was really waiting on a climax however nothing happened.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Atwood is a literary genius, she knows how to word sentences. Very good book for a feminist literature. Even the tv show is pretty good
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Margaret Atwood is an incredible writer, and it's very evident in The Handmaid's Tale. Not only is this book well-written, the premise is very unique, and it definitely gets you thinking. If you love dystopian novels or even feminist literature, this book is for you.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS BOOK I have been watching THE HANDMAID'S TALE series on BRAVO TV because I loved the book so much. BRILLIANT story. Thank you Margaret Atwood for this fantastic novel, which has been transformed into a fantastic series, that I am addicted to.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was ok. Everyone I know that's read this book loved it. However I found it hard to read. The story idea is fantastic I just had a hard time reading it. Didn't like how quotations weren't used to show people talking.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vivid I read this book first in secret when I was about 10. My mom was reading it and told me I wasn't allowed to because it wasn't appropriate for my age. I read it quickly in chunks before she got home from work. It's heavy material for a child but I remember the book so vividly now that I still think about it and what it means.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This book is a great read, I love the mature dystopian novel, as there seems to be so many YA ones now a days. Reading as I watch the show, which is really enjoyable as well.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent When I first started reading the book, I was unsure about it, but as I kept reading Atwood managed to pull me in. It is thought provoking and insightful. While the writing format can be difficult at times, I did not find that it affected my understanding of what was going on in the novel.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent and entertaining audiobook Clare Danes, although I am not a big fan of hers, does an excellent job narrating The Handmaid's Tale. It is fascinating and yet entertaining. I can't wait to dive into the TV series. ***Spoilers*** I've read complaints about the reading experience of the book - some people do not like the fact that Atwood doesn't use quotations to distinguish who is speaking or what is exactly said. However, in listening to the book (and because the character is narrating, speaking into a recorder) the format makes perfect sense. You can't always tell what exactly the main character, Offred, says definitely because she is narrating it - whether you read it or listen to the audiobook this is the case. However, The Handmaid's Tale lends itself to an audiobook so well it was fascinating and engaging. In the end you are one of those people sitting in Nunavut having heard the recording wondering the same things that the audience is as you listen to the professor try to describe on an academic level what the heck happened. Brilliant albeit abrupt ending.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging and readable I was expecting something dense and Orwellian - but it was so easy to get drawn into this speculative future. Atwood's ability to convey memories, feelings and time are phenomenal.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I bought the book years ago. Always meant to read it. When the series came out I couldn't find my book... so I bought this edition. Wow. Loved it. Done the book. About half done the series. THE BOOK IS SO MUCH BETTER. Offred is a interesting character in herself. The fact that this book was published in 1985 - 32 years before current world events is incredible. Wow. Makes you really think if this is where we are headed. In short But this book. Read this book!!
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's Okay I could not get into this book. While the ideas are interesting and the writing was rich and detailed, I found the novel itself rather dull. I am watching the series which is so far quite good. I would recommend this but I believe it's perfectly fine to drop this book midway if you get bored.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not my first choice I had a hard time getting into this book , not my type of read i guess.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising! This is not a usual book for me but I picked it up and never put it down until it was finished. Just read it... I promise it is worth it.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read I cannot put this book down! So engrossing and mesmerizing
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Just read it, you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this novel I didn't know a lot about it before I picked it up. I like to read the book before I see the show or movie so I was very interested as it is a new series. I was happy to find out it is dystopian and was incredibly surprised that for being written in the 1890s, it still is poignant today. Super quick read and couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Amazing I read "The Heart Goes Last" and became an Atwood fan. She is a Torontonian who has written 16 books since 1969 NOT including all her non-fictions and poetry. This story was a mind opened as was the former that I read in how the world can fall apart as you knew it. I have already purchased my next Atwood book and will be reading that soon!
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking and intense I was so invested in the characters that I had a hard time putting it down. Unfortunately it's not all that farfetched.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Interesting I knew nothing of this author or book before hearing about the show that was coming out. Once I found out the author is Canadian and that many of my friends had read it in university etc. I decided I wanted to read it first. I am glad I did. It was really interesting. Atwood has a different writing style that I enjoyed. I was hooked from the first few pages. I read it two days. I highly recommend it. I feel like Atwood is a dystopian pioneer.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from oh...my...goodness! Amazing and scary at the same time considering how this can actually happen in our present day. As a woman living in a free country, this scared me, as women in other parts of this world are experiencing similar treatment. Amazing that Atwood wrote this book so many years ago. The series is even creepier!
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Great story, reading since the show came out, and enjoying reading along with the show.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book is amazing! I read this book in 2 days! During the duration of my reading, I could not help but ponder the significant relevance of female rights, in particular, the frightening reality of women losing their access to their bodies and reproductive rights. A must read for sure!
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read! A great novel that makes you reflect on society as a whole. Truly inspiring and thought-provoking!
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh Nothing special... after a while i find these dystopian tales all the same
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic yet relevant This classic tale has so much relevance in today's world. Atwood does a stellar job at placing readers in this dystopia and well-told feminist nightmare. Should be in every high school curriculum!
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking The story reads so well, you can't help but fall in love with the character, you can't help but feel what she feels. Magnificent book, would totally recommend.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I love reading Dystopian novels so i got this book. Very different idea. The show is also very good.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disturbing, but great This book is certainly Dystopian, disturbing, and different than anything I've ever read. And maybe that's why I enjoyed it—the story and ideas are compelling and stay with you.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I read this book a while ago and it has stuck with me since. I'm so excited about the show coming out, in hopes that it will interest people in picking up the book to compare. It is so beautifully written and deserves a read! Margaret Atwood is an incredible author.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Female Dystopia Classic tale, any dystopian fan will enjoy!
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good A great story. A cautionary tale, indeed
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Such a great story, really makes you think!
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Story Read this in high school and it's one of the few mandatory books I enjoyed. A book where you actually have to think and pay attention to what's going on.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good A coworker lent this book to me- I finished in just a few days! Great read... a dystopian style that truly makes you feel uncomfortable but hooked!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting One of the required readings back in university. A very interesting read and well written but it gave me the creeps!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An absorbing and inventive work...though a bit silly as a "a speculation" This is the first Margaret Atwood Book I have read and I am happy to say that I like it It is an absorbing work with interesting characters (especially Offred and the Commander--interestingly though the commander is part of the theocracy he is actually quite a nice guy) Also the Republic of Gilead itself is fascinating and frightening Of particular not is how Gilead came to be my that's scary and engrossing. Also,. the historical notes Atwood includes at the end is a nice touch. My only criticism however, is that there is any change of an actual Christian theocracy developing anywhere in the so-called West/ It seems laughable these days with Christians often being the target of the governments ire not the one's dishing out its oppression. It may have been plausible in 1984 but in 2017 no way. Nevertheless it is still a good yearn that makes you think and engages your brain. Recommended warmly
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must read!! Reminds me of high school days - amazing book and definitely something everyone should read! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great story. Interesting story. There are many about similar struggles. This takes place in a different age/scenario as well.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a favourite of mine I read Handmaid's Tale in high school, it was one of my favourites but after reading it again a couple months ago I was amazed. A must-read.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read A classic, beautifully written and makes the reader think, a must read!
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful I first read Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale when I was a senior in high school. At the time, I was not all that taken with it. But years later, I ended up giving it another shot and I was truly moved by the emotional story and complex characters. Recommended!
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nightmarish, chilling, should be mandatory reading I read this book for the first time right around the 2016 US election. I was being ironic... and then I was paying attention. Atwood's so good at developing this totalitarian theocracy, the whole world is developed in front of you. It's most chilling when you realize that this world is set in the near future, and how little would have to change to set this regime in motion. I won't spoil the end, but, having gone through Offred's experiences, read what she suffered through and fought against, at the end/twist you want to stand up and yell in defense of her. Which is a sign you've got a good book :)
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind Blowing Again, my favourite author and poet has yet again created one awesome and epic novel that blew my mind away to bits and pieces, now I do not want to stop reading the novel, I want to read it all over again <3 <3 <3 <3
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Atwood!! Great dystopian! Very thought provoking. Interested to see how show will be.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thought provoking, but has better potential I did like how this book pushed you outside of your comfort zone and made you think about your own freedoms that you may take for granted, but I felt like there was much more that could've been done with this book: more character development, it was very monotone throughout in terms of catching you off-guard. It's worth the read, but I can't say I'd pick it up again
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking Very well-written and thought provoking. It stayed with me for a long time. It's the kind of book that everyone needs to read at least once in their life.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a fan... Not my style of book...not a fan of dystopian/futuristic literature. Well written, but not of interest to me.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Atwood really brings to life a dystopia. Highly recommend
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it This is a great novel, I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking This book will have you thinking about freedoms we take for granted. I also love that Atwood writes in her own style - unique but unpretentious.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Atwood tells a story well and anyone who likes dystopian type of plots will definitely like this one.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is an excellent book with remarkable characters and insights and worth reading more than once. I can't wait to see the tv show but I would recommend reading the book first!
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Atwood does speculative fiction very well and it still haunts me to think of how accurate some of her observations are in contemporary society when I reread this.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this a month ago, and I'n so glad I did!
Date published: 2017-02-22