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The Testaments

Série : The Handmaid's Tale, Volume 2
Durée : 13 h et 18 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 notations)

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Brought to you by Penguin.

Winner of the Booker Prize 2019.

Shortlisted for Audiobook of the Year at the British Book Awards 2020.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood is read by Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard and Mae Whitman with Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal and Margaret Atwood.

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, is a modern classic. Now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

More than 15 years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

‘Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.' (Margaret Atwood)

©2019 Margaret Atwood (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Commentaires

"The literary event of the year." (Guardian)

"A savage and beautiful novel, and it speaks to us today, all around the world, with particular conviction and power.... The bar is set particularly high for Atwood and she soars over it." (Peter Florence, Booker Prize Chair of Judges, Guardian)

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Better yet!

I admire the author's creation and very thoughtful dystopia of Gilead, but find the style especially of the younger caracters a bit trying. in ''A handmaid's tale'' that bothered me too much, but in this book the storytelling and the story are much more balanced. I very much enjoyed the book, which is rich in perspectives and ideas that stayed with me long after each reading.

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  • Ruth
  • 15/10/2019

The more you read the more places you will go!!!!

I loved that they used actors from the series to play the parts- it did set me back! I love Margaret ability yo infiltrate many story lines together, I could see this coming!!!! In saying that I couldn’t put it down - can’t wait for series four!!!! See how much it will align with the testaments!!!!

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  • Joanna
  • 06/10/2019

For all of those who want to find out what happens next.

Having recently reread The Handmaid’s Tale to refresh my memories of the story, I was eager to find out what happened next. Although told from different perspectives, the novel was an excellent response to all of my questions. I enjoyed the three points of view, as they complimented each other beautifully and allow readers to see this world from a variety of perspectives. The narrators read beautifully (I could listen to Ann Dowd, in particular, all day) and, although i have yet to watch the series, interesting to note which elements from there have become cannon in the book world. A fantastic performance by all involved and, as ever, beautiful writing by Margaret Atwood.

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  • Tim
  • 21/09/2019

worth the wait

worth the wait. As an audio book this is a pure, performance, delight. Buy it now

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  • S. Hancox
  • 13/09/2019

Best ever sequel to a favourite book.

Have been waiting for this sequel since I first read The Handmaid’s Tale when it came out in the 80s. I was not disappointed. This is a spellbinding book, with wonderful voice performances, especially that of Ann Dowd. I will listen again!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27/05/2020

Exceptional

The story and the performance were exceptional. I couldn't stop listening and recommend the book for anyone who loved The Hand maid's Tale. You should definitely read the first book for context, but the book could stand alone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20/04/2020

Freedom- never take for granted

The Testaments storyline was so riveting -I had it glued to my ears. It’s my first Audible and I enjoyed the book in a way very different from reading it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07/03/2020

Wonderful

I really enjoyed listening to this story. It is clever and thoughtful. The actors brought a fresh feeling to the story.

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  • brenda f.
  • 23/01/2020

The Testaments. Very enjoyable

So enjoyed this book. I loved the ‘Handmaids Tale’ and this gave an insight into what happened after. Recommend this book. Great performances. Good read.

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  • Karen McCarthy
  • 26/12/2019

Intoxicating

I loved the story and performances. The complication of the figure of Aunt Lydia was a stroke of genius.

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  • Anthony
  • 29/10/2019

Good book!

Really good book.
My only complaint is why Margaret, and I do love you, would you interject the part Numbers is such a profoundly drab way?
Other than that totally worth it!

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  • Bookitty
  • 07/11/2019

A breathtakingly current sequel

the novel is astonishingly close in style and structure to the handmaid's tale, considering the two writings are thirty year apart, but uses that familiarity with brilliance to depict a completely different era in that world. the same documentary feel and uniquely female perspective makes for a frighteningly realistic immersion. and the amazing performer have no small part of it so the audio book is well worth getting to experience this. one is left with the uncanny feeling, that not only COULD it happen here (that in itself being a somewhat nebulous description of the western 'civilised' strata, because there are where's in which it IS happening) but maybe that only this imaging as a warning of a possible dystopian future like that is standing between us and going down that path. if so, more literary warning are very much in order. but this is without a doubt a novelistic master class by Margaret Atwood.

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  • fioballa
  • 28/09/2019

Mindestens genauso gut...

...wie “The Handmaid’s Tale“ und eine unheimlich spannende Erzählung mit wirklich exzellenten Sprecherinnen!
Obwohl es sich ja bei Gilead um einen fiktiven Staat handelt, mutet die Geschichte des Niedergangs sehr authentisch an. Man kann sich als Hörer einer Gänsehaut nicht erwehren, so echt wirken die „Zeugenaussagen“ der Beteiligten.

Das erste Buch hat mich schon in seinen Bann geschlagen, aber dieses Folgewerk von Margaret Atwood ist fast noch besser - eine absolute Hörempfehlung!
Hier stimmt einfach alles, die Story, die Sprecher und die Kunst, im Hörer einen Nachklang zu hinterlassen.
Für mich eines der besten Hörbücher überhaupt.

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  • Tiffitoff
  • 21/03/2020

Fantastisches Hörerlebnis

Selten habe ich so gern ein Hörbuch gehört. Die englische Ausgabe brilliert durchbohre fantastischen Sprecherinnen. Die Geschichte verdichtet sich immer mehr, so dass ich zum Schluss nicht mehr aufhören konnte zuzuhören. Die Charaktere entwickeln sich von anfänglichen Stereotypen zu komplexen Figuren. Ein Buch, das ich als Hörbuch uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlen kann.

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  • Nurunissa Dyck
  • 05/02/2020

sehr zu empfehlen

Ein Nachfolgeroman, der nicht enttäuscht. Sehr spannend und kreativ. Die Sprecher sind alle super, habe das Hörbuch in 3 Tagen zuende gehört.

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  • Dr. Wicke
  • 09/01/2020

Zwar...

nicht so gut wie die Handmaids Tale, aber immer noch ein absolutes Hör- und Lesevergnügen !

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  • Carlos
  • 06/11/2019

Mind-blowing

I really enjoyed the Testaments. after waiting for 35 years I was ready for the sequel of the handmaid's tale. the first person journal entries format is so appropriate for the story. plot, although a little bit foreseeable towards the second half, is satisfying. I was captivated the whole time. I really loved the many, many voices this audiobook used to tell the story.