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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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
Joanna David is excellent reading Jane Austen but she is just so wrong for the voice of the young Canadian woman at the heart of this wonderful, important novel. I just couldn't listen to it after a few chapters and had to buy an alternative reading by Claire Danes which is available on cd from Amazon. It's not perfect, but her voice does seem to match the central character who is also the narrator relating the story. I don't understand why that isn't available on Audible - it should be.
45 of 47 people found this review helpful
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.
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.
32 of 35 people found this review helpful
I'm a fan of Joanna David but didn't think she was quite right for this. A younger sounding voice may have been more appropriate.
19 of 21 people found this review helpful