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N. J. Keely

Milton Keynes, UK
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The Handmaid's Tale
    
    
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        Margaret Atwood
    
    


    
    
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        Joanna David
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    4,238 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,786

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....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favourite

  • By Raison on 10-11-13

I guess I’m just not an Atwood Fan

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I listened to a different Atwood book previously and did not care for it. But due to the many discussions I see around the TV version of this story I decided to give it a go and I just was not a fan. I listened through to the end but it felt a bit like a chore. I can’t say exactly what it is I don’t like, I think maybe Atwood doesn’t do enough to immerse me in the story - I’m not sure the character developments are enough for me. I didn’t really like or dislike Offred. Which is how I felt about the characters in the other of her books I listened to.

  • The Immortalists

  • By: Chloe Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Maggie Hoffman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. Four siblings, too young for what they are about to hear, sneak out to hear their fortunes. We then follow the intertwined paths the siblings take over the course of five decades and, in particular, how they choose to live with the supposed knowledge the fortune-teller gave them that day. This is a story about life, mortality and the choices we make.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good concept, but should have been better executed

  • By Happy and Smiling on 15-07-18

Lovely listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I really enjoyed this book. I loved all the characters and enjoyed their stories , hoped & wished for different outcomes. I’d love to read / listen more from Chloe Benjamin.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Heart Goes Last

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 550

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but Atwood has done better

  • By Reena Kumar on 22-04-16

Not keen on the storyline

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Not keen on the story really. I found myself physically cringing throughout. The characters really don't develop. I'm not keen on Stan AT ALL he seems vile and to essentially get everything he wants at the end,??? It just doesn't make sense to me for a modern novel written by a woman! I expected a lot more.

  • A Little Life

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success and pride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply disturbing and yet i couldn't stop reading

  • By Jenny on 05-01-16

Heavy heavy stuff!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-17

The characters are amazing but wow it must be the darkest book I’ve ever read/listened to. CW for self harm, suicide, rape and just so many awful tales of abuse.

  • The Emperor of All Maladies

  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

A comprehensive history of cancer – one of the greatest enemies of medical progress – and an insight into its effects and potential cures, by a leading expert on the illness. In The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee, doctor, researcher and award-winning science writer, examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with - and perished from - for more than five thousand years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had no idea how little I knew about Cancer

  • By Judy Corstjens on 15-09-11

Very fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-17

Such a fascinating & sad story to listen to; I enjoyed the narrators voice as well. Highly recommend.

  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,719
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,360

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating charming sad redemptive

  • By sarah on 02-09-17

Really emotional & eye opening read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-17

I found myself laughing as well as crying during this book. It’s such an emotional recount of Robert’s experience which I think will have parallels to a lot of men from older generations. I really hope lots of men and women read this book & we can start to make positive changes to the way masculinity is seen in our society. Thanks for the lovely book Robert!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,133

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

Warning Spoilers

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-17

I never ever ever would have downloaded a zombie book! I get nightmares very easily and never watch scary films. However I did get engrossed in the story early on and wanted to find out what was going on. I like how the story didn't have a Hollywood ending. I'd definitely recommend it but it is quite graphic at times. I will not be watching the film adaptation.

  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new dimension of fiction and sleep

  • By Clare on 24-07-08

I just found it weird

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-16

I found the story a bit too off the wall for my liking. It was all too random and I got a bit bored of waiting for it to all add up and make sense. I usually like stories with a bit of a magical element to them but this was just too far for me.

  • Everyday Sexism

  • By: Laura Bates
  • Narrated by: Laura Bates, Sarah Brown
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Women are standing up and #shoutingback. In a culture that's driven by social media, for the first time women are using this online space (@EverydaySexism www.everydaysexism.com) to come together, share their stories, and encourage a new generation to recognise the problems that women face. This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism and it proves sexism is endemic - socially, politically, and economically. But women won't stand for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I inhabit a world that I am oblivious to.

  • By Mr. O. Jollands on 03-12-14

a real eye opener

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-16

This really opened my eyes to what being a feminist means and has changed my view on being a feminist. I would now proudly call myself one. I can't really say I "enjoyed" this book as I often found myself feeling upset and angry or just plain shocked at things that were discussed but I am very glad I read it (well listened) and think everyone should because even if you are a man you can still be a feminist for the benefit of women in your life.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful