The Heart Goes Last: A Novel

Written by:
Margaret Atwood

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2015
12 hours 11 minutes
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.
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Elaine R.

The beginning was very promising, and I was exciting to listen to another high-quality dystopia of Margaret Atwood. However, the denouement of all the lines and plots at the end of the book was dead-alive, primitive and flat. I am a big fan of the writer's work, and, of course, I'm a bit disappointed. Anyways, I wish Margaret Atwood good health and inspiration and hope to enjoy her new masterpieces for a long time to come. Narrators Mark Deakins and Cassandra Campbell are really great.

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Bobbie T.

Atwood has some interesting ideas.. how’s she come up with them? Once the story finally “explained” the whole point of why you’d alternate back and forth to the prison, the story got better. The nararators were good.

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Colleen Everett

I haven't read much of Margaret Atwood, but the concept of this book was very intriguing. even if highly fictional, most stories are at least written to be believable. This one was not believable. I was rolling my eyes more often than not. Some of the characters frustrated me with their stupidity, and the overall story line was just ridiculous. But of course I finished it in it's entirety,. Overall I was disappointed from what I expected from the book based on the concept, and how the story played out in the end. Just

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