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Chilling conclusion that will please the fans.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 16-09-19

There is no doubt that Handmaids Take has become the1984 of our time. Arguably the best adaption for television of the book helped renew interest in the book. However, after a faithful telling of the book, the producers wanted more and they continued the story, each camera shot beautifully exected, and a story that had the blessing of Margeret Attwood.

It was perhaps invvitable that she felt she had to wite a sequel, some 35 years after the orriginal. What we have is a logical progression of the story. As the tv series had subtle nods to the book, such as using what appeard to be inappropiate music in a lot epidsdes, reflectin the fact that the orrriginal books were cassete transcripts, Attwood reflects the TV episodes of series 2 and 3.

What we have is a book very differant from the Handmaids Tale, but with plot and stories every bit as intriging. While at times the book appears to have strayed awy from its orriginal concept all is resolved in the end.

I dont suppose MA ever intended to resolve the questions raised in the first boo, howver, she anwers a lot of the mysterie, and in so doing gives us an insight into her thinking behind this book.


This audio book is beautifully read, and Ann Dowds portayal of her television character is just as chilong as it is in the drama.

I was drawn the book because of the television series, which achieved something the aful film adaptation of the 1990s could never do, this is a superb book, and I hope the accolades it is seeking will be bestowed on this masterpiece.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

One the most pleasant two hours I have ever spent

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Reviewed: 30-04-19

When as a mature student I was studying for my degree, I was fortunate to meet Geoff Dyer, when he delivered a lecture at Manchester's Cheethams Library. His Ongoing moment became a set text for my speciality. I became a fan.

This scene by scene review of a film I love as much as Dyer clearly does is a pleasure. It is written and delivered with great humour. Dyer must be around my age because we both saw this film at around the same age. at a cinema. I doubt the cotton wool society we live in now would allow such young eyes to view this. It reflects his life and maps out the way he was influenced, and I felt in a lot of ways it mirrored my own early years.

It was one the most pleasant two hours I have ever spent with an audiobook

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Action packed, and a wonderful reminder

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Reviewed: 30-04-19

I read this when I was 11, but hearing it again 50 years later was a pleasure. This was a novel adapted from the screenplay, so a lot of the events in the film are illustrated here. However, McClean allowed some human sympathy. As you read this, do a body count, you will be surprised, especially if you compare it to the film. There are occasions when the characters could easily have killed every enemy soldier they meet, but Smith prevents this from happening, A great novel that requires little thinking, and is very descriptive.

Mostly Marvelous

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I lived with the whole series, all three volumes for nearly 4 months, and I have loved every moment. I was devastated when it ended towards the end of my commute. Like the Archers I had grown to love and loathe the characters, and I mostly was gripped by the stories.

There is one negative, the obsession the writers appeared to have with gay issues, to a point where it threatened the whole integrity of the series. I am not homophobic, and of course, there were gay affairs in WW1. However, there so many in this, it was obvious the writers were looking at this from a 21st-century perspective. It is highly unlikely the real people would have got away, as lightly as the characters did.

That aside, the whole series does inform and the events are mostly historically accurate. One example is the sinking of The Onward, which did happen, and was salvaged ( to work as an IOM ferry, and become the first civilian ship to return soldiers on at Dunkirk) was raised using 5 locomotives, but not until 1920.

The last episode was radio at its best, all stories resolved and an insight into the future. Well done to all concerned.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Un-missable World War 1 Drama

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-19

Having binge listened to the first part I became addicted to Volume 2. It is a fantastic look at like in World War 1, seen from many viewpoints. The last part of this series which deals with the World's first air raid by fixed wing aircraft, is very moving and one of the best pieces of radio drama I have heard. The fact surrounding this raid are very accurate,

My only negative is the writers obsession with swapping and loosing babies. That aside I can highly recommend this recording.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

WW1 Soap, well worth a listen

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Reviewed: 16-12-18

I only heard bits of this when it was originally transmitted, so I took a chance and downloaded the whole series. I have been gripped by it, Some of the story is a little incredulous, however great characters and fantastic research make this a must listen to series, A World War 1 soap, perfect!