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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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By Earnest on 04-09-17

Pit stop to hell.

This story needs to be understood by all men and women without the interference of various "softening" or "dramatic license" or anything else. It is not perfect in either its form or content but it contains an imperative.
Read this and understand what is at risk. Already. Again.
Are we all to end up as footnotes in a sociological history conference in a galaxy far away? Without resistance?
We were warned.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

By Peter on 08-10-17


Top marks for the story and the narration. The author transports us right through the wall of "that could never happen" into "yes that really could happen". That is quite an achievement - to make something which is both horrific and unecessary become a solid reality and something which happened **on purpose**. Which in turn carries us from "yes that really could happen" to "that must not be allowed to happen".

As for the narration, it may be the best I've come across in Audible. I'm not privy to the author's thoughts but I feel as if the narrator has captured every nuance as the author intended.

Recommended, without hesitation.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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By Caitriona on 12-24-12

A great book to listen to :)

Honestly this has been the best novel I've listened to so far on audible. I know some others have found the narrator didn't fit, and I must admit that I myself had to get used to her voice. But overall she narrated it beautifully. The storyline itself is very interesting and well-written. However, it does sometimes get confusing, as it jumps into flashbacks and flashforwards and becomes a bit difficult to keep track.

This is an excellent book and I can see myself listening to it again in the near future.

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21 of 21 people found this review helpful

By Raison on 11-10-13

A favourite

This was always one of my favorites from a young age. Listening to it was an absolute pleasure and took me back to the time when i first discovered this book.

Margaret Atwood's vision of this male dominated society in which women are segmented into their different roles for 'the good of whole' draws you in and doesn't let you go until the very end.

It hauntingly reflects attitudes that unfortunately exist in some cultures in our world today and makes you take a closer look at society in general.

I know this is a book i will listen to over and over again.

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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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By Kylie on 05-08-17

Unfortunate choice of narrator

Would you try another book written by Margaret Atwood or narrated by Joanna David?

Unfortunately, Joanna David is a poor choice for narrator of this book. Why a lady aged 60+, with a crisp British accent and a tendency to overact, was chosen to voice a young Canadian/American woman in her 20's or 30's... this I shall never understand. The book has been written in the present tense, so it is not like there is a 'reminiscence' or 'recollection' stream to explain the bizarre choice.<br/><br/>I was so annoyed I was unable to immerse myself in the story.

Any additional comments?

Please think of future listeners and employ a more age-appropriate and accent-appropriate speaker to re-record this work.

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By Libby on 07-01-17

Got really bored:Not sure why

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

All the ingredients are there, the narrator did a good job, the story appeals. I just found it dragged and I got lost. Maybe it's the story structure? I didnt feel drawn to keep listening to it but i made it to the end. Will probably return this, didn't enjoy it.

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