The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2015 | Unabridged.
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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.
Publisher: [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape ; New York : Penguin Random House, [2015]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781101924785
Branch Call Number: CD S ATWOOD, M.
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Campbell, Cassandra
Deakins, Mark


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Aug 11, 2018

A dystopic but humorous reflection of our society, with some artist liberty. Especially regarding the discrepancies reflected in our current world. The growth of authoritarian leadership, and diminishing concept of truth and compassion around the world. It reflects some of the consequences of what might happen when we shun 'others', isolate them and institutionalize them to the peril of the society as whole.
It is also a lesson in learning to appreciate you significant person. The grass always seem greener at the other side of the fence, and if it is, someone put in extra effort.
Margret Atwood, I bow! What a remarkable writer. I wish I could spend time with her.

Feb 26, 2018

This is great book, it has terrible characters all around, and black mirror ending. I feel Like these characters need to talk about their feelings.

Jan 30, 2017

I've put off writing this review because I can't quite decide what to say about it. The book was fascinating and off-putting at the same time. I was gripped by the story, and nauseated by the characters. I wanted to read it because I adore Margaret Atwood, yet I wanted more of the Madadam author, and less of the Robber Bride. I think I love her most when she is a little more surreal, or perhaps the world is a little less like our own. There was so much reality in this story it made me profoundly uncomfortable. The world of this story is so close to our own, that it took no leap of faith at all to picture how it could come to be. Perhaps it should be read as a cautionary tale. Just don't read it expecting Madadam.

Beatricksy Dec 16, 2016

This book is as middle ground as they come, I think. I didn't like it. I didn't hate it. It just was. It's got every offensive thing you can dare to think of, including bestiality. It's full of cliche tropes, from Blond Bimbo to Sex Starved Man. It could have been so much shorter, so much tighter. But it's fun despite all that. It's almost a comedy. It's Stepford Wives, basically, and that's entertaining, though it doesn't break any new ground. The audiobook is read to PERFECTION. The two actors are great, especially Charmaine who is just hilarious to listen to while she plays up the Bimbo Blond to astonishingly glorious levels.

Apr 20, 2016

Humour, dystopian, love story, science fiction, satire, horror, that test humanity and tests the heart.


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