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The Birth Yard

A Novel
Written by: Mallory Tater
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A debut novel for readers and listeners of The Handmaid's Tale and The Girls, The Birth Yard is a gripping story of a young woman's rebellion against the rules that control her body

Sable Ursu has just turned 18, which means she is ready to breed. Within the confines of her world, a patriarchal cult known as the Den, female fertility and sexuality are wholly controlled by Men. In the season they come of age, Sable and her friends Mamie and Dinah are each paired with a Match with the purpose of conceiving a child. Sable is paired with Ambrose, the son of a favoured Man in the Den. Others are not so lucky.

In their second trimester, girls are sent to the Birth Yard, where they are prepared for giving birth and motherhood, but are also regularly drugged and monitored by their midwives. Sable is unable to ignore her unease about the pills they are forced to swallow and the punishments they receive for stepping out of line. Too many of the girls, including Mamie and Dinah, have secrets and it is impossible to know whom to trust. When Sable's loyalty is questioned and her safety within the Den is threatened, she must rebel against the only life she has ever known - the only life she has been designed for.

Mallory Tater weaves an intricate narrative, equal parts suspense and action, while twisting contemporary social anxieties to dizzying extremes. She meticulously deconstructs the intricate relationships between womanhood, government, and the female body. A startling and important debut novel, The Birth Yard echoes Margaret Atwood's dark and cautionary classic The Handmaid's Tale. But this is no dystopian world; there is no totalitarian government. The Den exists now.

©2020 Mallory Tater (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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great story

loved it and hadn't been certain I would when I read the blurb. definitely try this one.

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Very interesting

I was totally drawn into the story. I felt like this could happen in the world quite easily. I binge listened to it and enjoyed it all until the end. Totally fell off at the end! What a disappointment. I would still recommend but be prepared not to like the last minute of the book.

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Great but needed a better ending

This was a great book, I couldn't stop listening to it. I loved the way it was written, it flowed very well and the characters were very real to me. Some of the elements seemed a bit exaggerated. Like the level of trust these characters displayed towards women they didn't even know but that can be explained as living in a sheltered community where everyone can trust everyone else. I would have liked to see beyond where it ended. I was a slight bit disappointed because I felt as though there should have been a few more chapters beyond the events in the last chapter. Even just an Epilogue or something. Overall, it was a great book and well worth the read!

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Pretty good - unsure of ending

Enjoyed the book. Narration was good. Story was good - enjoyed . Not sure what I was expecting for an ending ... was somewhat surprised by the way it ended. Worth listening to- would recommend

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Lacklustre and disappointing

This had the potential to be a great story, but ended up being monotonous and dragged out. Overall, disappointing.

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Not what I expected

I had hoped this would be like a Margaret Atwood book. I think it was meant for a younger reader.

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The birth yard

Great book it shows you how women can survive if push comes to shove. I like how the author shows the emotional challenge these women had to endure. I feel sorry in this day and age that some women have to still put up with this.

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wonderful

wow. Loved it, often found myself thinking about the book when not listening. would have liked more from the ending.

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If you like dystopian cult stories this is for you

I didn’t want it to end. I was intrigued by the characters and story line. I wonder if it was adapted from a true account of events?

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Good listen.

it's a good listen for the most part, the narrator does a great job but it ends quite abruptly.