I was recently invited to check out the Random House App called Volumes. This app plays Random House audio books from a variety of genres. I go back and forth to the grade school, middle school and high school so much (15 minutes each way!) that I thought, I might as well enjoy myself and listen to some audio books during that driving time! Are you a parent who is always providing taxi services? I highly recommend audio books to pass the time!
For my first selection, I chose Margaret Atwood’s The Heart Goes Last. This is a story about a couple – Stan and Charmaine, who both lose their jobs and their home and resort to living in their car. The setting is depressing. Due to the economic downturn, there is a lot of looting and violence. It reminded me of the fallout from a World War – lots of desolation, destruction and hopelessness.
Charmaine, who is at work at a bar, sees an advertisement for major new project at the local prison that promises a new home, a new job in a new-age society and a brand new, fresh start for her and Stan.
This new society appears to offer all of those things and all is well for a while – despite the fact that part of their employment includes posing as prisoners every other month and then returning to their home that they share with another couple who they alternate with, yet never see.
The Heart Goes Last Audio Book Review
This audio book had me hooked from the very first word. The narrators – Cassandra Campbell and Mark Deakins did an excellent, excellent job. In fact, I am a new fan of Mark Deakins. I didn’t realize he was not only an award winning narrator, but a very handsome actor as well. 🙂
Okay, sorry back to the story. I said I was hooked from the very beginning. I loved these characters. The author is superb at getting inside the mind of her characters. What is very interesting is that in the end, everyone is flawed in some way and morals and ethics are tossed out the window. There is a lot of justifying of behavior. It’s great! This story is well told – science fiction meets a lot of lust, infidelity and corruption. If they make the movie, I vote for Mark Deakins to play Stan. 🙂
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.
About the Volumes App
Discover and listen to popular audiobooks with Volumes, powered by Penguin Random House Audio. Volumes provides you with the very best audiobooks across a variety of genres including fiction, mystery, thriller, sci-fi, history, classics, and children’s. Find top authors and your favorite narrators through the easy to use search interface. Listen to the latest from George R.R. Martin, Stephen King, Chris Bohjalian, Dan Brown, Janet Evanovich, Robert B. Parker, Lee Child, John Grisham, Kevin Hearne, Gillian Flynn, Laura Hillenbrand, and many more. The app is free.
The 10 CD Audio Book of Margaret Atwood’s The Heart Goes Last is Available on Volumes and on Random House Audio for $45.
I downloaded this audio book on Volumes for the purpose of this review. Opinions expressed are my own.
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