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Hag-Seed

By: Margaret Atwood
Narrated by: R. H. Thomson
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It's got a thunderstorm in it. And revenge. Definitely revenge.

Felix is at the top of his game as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan.

Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And brewing revenge.

After 12 years revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

Margaret Atwood's novel take on Shakespeare's play of enchantment, revenge and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.

©2016 Margaret Atwood (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Hag Seed by Margaret Atwood

Amazing! This novel is outstanding in so many ways. A very clever plot based on & around Shakespeare’s The Tempest. But set in an institution where readers would never dream such intellectually challenging words could find a home.
There are so many different themes to follow & intriguing characters guiding us through. Revenge might be the dominant theme but there are many more.
The narrator is brilliant in his portrayal of so many different characters & his timing is perfect.
A must read.

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A stunning retelling of The Tempest

I love this book. This is Atwood at her best. The writing is tight, clever, sardonic and pleasurable to listen to. The themes she explores, like the themes explored in The Tempest, are so deep: incarceration, power, gender, racism, sexism, slavery, colonialism; yet because Atwood's writing is so entertaining and clever, and because it's all set within the context of a theatrical production, you don't feel like you are being lectured to. RH Thompson's reading is brilliant. His characterisations are so well defined and his choice of delivery is perfect. I didn't want it to end.

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Brilliant! Genius!

Margaret Atwood has certainly revived Shakespeare and this play 'The Tempest' and so much more. Reading performance was perfect! Sounded so true to Felix's character and really dipped into the depths of character.

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Delicious.

Wow. Knowing scant of the Shakespeare play and having just completed the wonderful Robber Bride (Atwood) I dove into Hag-Seed and promptly found myself eager for the tale to not end. It's a brilliant performance and the story is superb!!!

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Good voicing

This book has a nice audio with an interactive and well paced reader. A good listen.

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Incredible book

I read this for school but I would have read this anyways - a fantastic, accessible, insightful read that can be best enjoyed when read in conjunction with the Tempest.

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GEN Z reviews hag-seed

This audiobook was a very slay experience because honestly I thought I wouldn’t like it since Hag-seed was a prescribed novel I had to read in school and I wasn’t bothered to actually read it so I decided to listen to it…. Again very slay choice - p.s the voice actor who narrated Felix was very pleasant to listen too and encouraged me to continue on🫡👍
Spoiler alert:
The prisoners got cigarettes 💯

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Loved it

You don't need to know the Tempest play to understand and enjoy the book. It isn't boring or slow.

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Fantastic!

So enthralling! I loved every second of it, it was a great breath of fresh air compared to the original Tempest! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a ruined weekend.

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Great narrator !

Interesting story - Not my fave Margaret Atwood text but still a joy. I thought the narrator was really engaging and presented the story well !

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