The Heart Goes Last

  • by Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins
  • 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid's Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind Assassin.
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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Customer Reviews

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Thoughtful and intriguing

I love Atwood and all of her fiction. This book had a very interesting plot although less complex and less beautifully written than her usual style. More straight to the point. It was surprisingly plausible for a dystopian novel. My biggest complaint was the female narrator who was incredibly annoying. I don't think the female character herself is incredibly likable but it was impossible with this narrator. If you're considering the audiobook I might pick up the hard copy instead.
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- Stephanie

I didn't want to believe the negative reviews

primarily, Charmaine's voice and up talking almost drove me to return the book in the first ten minutes.
I couldn't get used to that, it was obnoxious to me.
Charmaine's character in general was painfully bland and predictable. Part of this was written in, but she was honestly so boring I hoped for her to be killed off.
The book progressed and while I found it mildly enjoyable, it was predictable and even the plot twists were just meh.
I've read many many Atwood books and this was my least favorite by far.
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- lana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio