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The Testaments

The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale
Série : The Handmaid's Tale, Volume 2
Durée : 13 h et 18 min
4,6 out of 5 stars (44 notations)

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Number one New York Times best seller

Winner of the Booker Prize

The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be enjoyed on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.

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: Aunt Lydia. Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways.

With The Testaments, Margaret Atwood 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.

©2019 Margaret Atwood (P)2019 Random House Audio

Commentaires

"Narrator Ann Dowd, known for her role on the television adaptation, is formidable as Aunt Lydia. Hearing her resonant narration of diary entries allows listeners to feel the horror of early Gilead, be disturbed by the aunt's complicity, and discover her secrets. Bryce Dallas Howard's sweet narration of the Transcript of Witness Testimony 369A provides a window onto the extreme restrictions of girlhood in Gilead. Mae Whitman's snarky rendition of Witness 369B's testimony reflects a privileged youth in Canada, where she unwittingly triggers dramatic changes. Listening adds an entirely new dimension to a riveting tale. Atwood narrates section headings and her note, and Tantoo Cardinal and Derek Jacobi nail the scholarly conclusion." (AudioFile Magazine)

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GREAT

the actresses who read the book are fabulous and the story is great. I could not stop reading ... I loved it

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Plus un polar qu'un roman dystopique

Pas vraiment de surprises pour ce second volet qui tire davantage vers un polar moyen que vers le roman dystopique et la satire sociale. Relisez le 1er !

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Brilliant

An amazing sequel that provides answers, as well as raw human emotion, well done!

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  • Nicole
  • 03/10/2019

Well...

It was good... I wanted to like it more because I loved the first book and the show. With that being said I couldn’t put it down and wanted to see what happened to the characters. Ann was great, but the narrators of Daisy and Agnes sound exactly the same. I don’t know how to put this without giving anything away so I’ll just say that some of the plot was just a little silly. Over all though if you liked the first book and the show, it’s definitely worth the listen and it’s entertaining.

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  • Josh
  • 12/11/2019

the story almost started- but then nope!

I wanted very badly to love this. or even like it a little-nothing close happened. Just about when you'd think the characters are developed enough to actually do something: the end. -but not like a big "the end" more of just "I'm tired of writing let's wrap this sh!t up and be done". the narration was at least good (but could've done without Atwood announcing different parts/chapters. imo she's not hit the voice for that). spoiler : the last 20 minutes was more of a waste of time than the first 13(?) mind numbing hours.

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  • Fountain of Chris
  • 10/09/2019

It does what a sequel should do.

**No spoilers** Atwood did so many things right with this book. It builds upon the world she created over 30 years ago, staying true to the form and style of the original, but with effective changes as well (e.g. the triple narrator). My favorite part was the fleshing out of a secondary character from "The Handmaid's Tale", as that character moved into one of the narrator roles and gained both complexity and humanity. I am not experienced with literary analysis, but a few layman's observations that I would consider minor detractions are a slightly too streamlined/convenient plot to get one of the narrators advancing toward where she needed to be, as well as the pacing of the the final quarter of the book. I certainly understand things picking up as everything comes together, but it did seem both a little sudden and a little too quick. Is "The Testaments" as powerful and groundbreaking as "The Handmaid's Tale"? No, but I don't think any of us expected it to be. We have already been shocked by the Puritan-esque, post-revolutionary Iran-inspired world of the Republic of Gilead, but what Atwood does with "The Testaments" is give us vibrant, deep, rich characters who are inspiring and flawed and add another layer to the fictional land we know so well, while at the same time updating the implicit warning of "The Handmaid's Tale" for the modern world. The audio production is fantastic. I listen at 3.5x, and everything sounded great. I did check the audio at normal speed, and some of you may find it a tad on the slow side, but that is easily remedied with the app. In this case, I found the multiple narrators very effective, as it really made the older character POP. The two younger character voices blended a bit in my mind, but they were both well done. As for Derek Jacobi... well, he's Derek Freakin' Jacobi!

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  • Jennifer F.
  • 17/09/2019

Oh Ann, how I love thee!

First, let me say - I am a big Ann Dowd fan. She is a badass actress. I was so happy to hear her voice portraying Aunt Lydia. She is well spoken and terrifying! She is amazing at this. At any rate, I never gave much thought to how “Aunt Lydia” came to be- I had assumed she was just part of the true believers in Gilead. It brought forth a new light of the capture of her person, who she was, the vengeance she held. Mayday is alive and kicking - I finished the book with tears and a feeling hope for all. Great sequel!

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  • Gretchen SLP
  • 19/09/2019

⛪️🙏Praise Be🙏💒🕯📿🧺🗝⌛️

This looooooong-awaited sequel didn’t completely live up to my lofty expectations, but I nonetheless found it to be a fascinating page-turner, especially toward the end. Downsides: 1.) Offred, the single narrator of The Handmaid’s Tale, is not one of the three narrators of The Testaments. I was halfway or more through the book when I realized that none of the three women speaking could possibly be her, and it was a disappointment. 2.) I see why one reviewer notes that the book almost seems designed for a YA audience. It’s far more juvenile in tone than its predecessor, namely because Agnes/Victoria and Daisy/Jade/Nicole (2/3 of the narrators) are kids, whereas Offred was a grown woman. But it’s also just plain simple, obvious and naive in style compared to THT. This is not gorgeous prose like its predecessor. While THT has been assigned reading in college English courses for 35 years, Testaments will NEVER be held up as serious literature. By the end, it almost reads like a spy novelette or adventure comic. 3.) Some readers will be confused, if not by the multiple narrators, then certainly by the timeline, which jumps around quite a bit. At one point in the story, when I was certain that I understood where we were in time and that only a few days or weeks had gone by since one character’s rescue from a bad situation, it was suddenly made clear that eight years had elapsed. 4.) Towards the end of the climax, a sentimental and almost supernatural element is introduced. 5.) Although I didn’t really mind the way Handmaid’s Tale ended with an academic lecture taking place hundreds of years in the future, I know that many readers did, and those readers are going to be doubly annoyed to discover that this book ends the same way. Upsides: 1.) Ann Dowd’s reading of Aunt Lydia’s segments MAKES this book, the way Robert DeNiro’s flashback scenes as young Vito Corleone make Godfather II a great movie. 2.) If you loved Handmaid’s Tale and need to know what happened to Offred and how Gilead finally fell, you’re going to have your questions answered by this book. Overall: A- Bechdel test: Pass

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  • Kyle
  • 01/10/2019

Do not recommend

I have re-read the original novel many times, and I think one of its major achievements is its poetic and insular nature--essentially making the rise of Gilead (and its reworking of society) a chamber piece in the the house at which Offred is stationed, and furthermore, in her mind during her many periods of musing during forced solitude and stillness. There is a lyricism to the prose in these moments that perfectly captures the mind spinning its wheels in boredom. The quote in that work about paintings of harems being not about sex but about boredom, about women in suspended animation, still haunts me. Offred is also an everywoman in the sense that she is not particularly courageous nor cunning, and this relatability makes the action sequences at the novel's end feel more earned and credible. The Testaments has none of those qualities. It traded in the silence and poetry of the former for plotting straight out of a "B" action movie. I laughed out loud when one character is put through a self defense regimen lifted from a Jason Statham movie or the like. I am a long time Atwood fan, but her worst tendencies are manifest here (as they were in her disappointing The Heart Goes Last, and to some extent, The MadAdam Trilogy)--cheesy wordplay, a feeling of Dickensian coincidence that is contrived at best, clunky humor before heart or logic. Its greatest strength lay in the acerbic wit of Aunt Lydia, who should have been the only narrator of the work. Atwood's ability to accurately depict the pettiness and cruelty of children and teenagers, evidenced in Cat's Eye and The Blind Assassin, is absent in the other two young narrators. One is a cliché of a capricious and petulant teen and the other failed to engage my interest entirely.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13/09/2019

Atwood KILLED IT

Beautifully, and thoughtfully written sequel which answered so many questions for us Handmaids Tale lovers. So curious to see if the show takes the same direction in future seasons. I hope so. Her Aunt Lydia backstory is better than what the show writers came up with. But she did take some things from the show which I liked. We’re in a weird age where a book written 35 or so years ago can suddenly become MORE famous that it was when it was written. I’m grateful to Hulu for the show- without which I may never have discovered Atwood and had the opportunity to read her books. I only hope Atwood gives us another book for this series. Let’s make it a trilogy. Pre-quel perhaps? With some Nick and Serena backstory?

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  • Claudette Cole
  • 07/11/2019

Very, Very Disappointmented

Honestly I have no idea why there are so many people who rated this book so highly. It was good but I was expecting something completely different I suppose. I almost wish I gave it a miss because I loved The Handmaids Tale so much. I wanted to know more. I’ll stop there for spoiler reasons.

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  • Paul H Lehmann
  • 23/10/2019

Disappointing

The Handmaid's Tale was captivating and drew you into the characters. The Testament feels as if it was written to fulfill a contract. Slow moving and cumbersome plot. In the epilogue the author says that part of the reason she wrote it was to answer the question of what happens to Gilead. If that is her answer to the question it is an unclear and unsatisfactory answer.

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  • Pam
  • 16/10/2019

Ann Dowd’s narration was best part of story.

I’m in the minority, but I didn’t care for this follow up. I loved the Handmaid’s Tale, with Offred’s brave endurance in an impossible world gone mad. This wrap up of Gilead was rather slight, too easy, and more of a YA novel, with teenagers acting typically as teenagers do. The Nicole thing, blended in to the TV series, which disappointed me. I was hoping for more originality from the author.

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