Book Review: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood


Title: Hag-Seed
Author: Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 9780804141291 (hardcover)/ 9780735286580 (audio)
Length: 301 pages / 8 hours 11 minutes 52 seconds (unabridged)
Narrator: R.H. Thomson
Publisher: Hogarth (hardcover)/ Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group (audio)

I was reading this book along with the audio version narrated by R.H.Thomson. He did a good job narrating this book.  I would have given the book 3 stars, but his performance raised one extra star.   He used his voice to act out all the scenes in the play with an Shakespeare’s time period accent, then used a normal accent for the modern scenes.  My favorite was he was actually rapping the prisoner’s lyrics.

I have never read or watch the Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest.  The book provided enough context and background, so I understood and enjoyed the book just fine.  If I were more familiar with the original play, I believe I would have enjoyed it even more.  I did find it a little weird with all the fairy, magic and ghost.  There was a summary of The Tempest at the end of the book, if someone needed a quick reminder.

4 out of 5 stars
Received a free hardcover copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.


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