We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Handmaid's Tale Audiobook

The Handmaid's Tale

Regular Price:$30.33
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs….

©2011 Margaret Atwood (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (59 )
5 star
 (28)
4 star
 (16)
3 star
 (8)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.1 (51 )
5 star
 (29)
4 star
 (8)
3 star
 (8)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (3)
Story
4.2 (51 )
5 star
 (25)
4 star
 (14)
3 star
 (9)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Performance


There are no reviews for this title yet.

Sort by:
  • Malysa
    1/20/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A modern historic tale!"

    I am so glad audible introduced me to Oryx and Crake, for without that as my first purchase I would never have known about Margaret Atwood.

    I consider myself a knowledgeable reader, but I'm in my late 30's and had never heard of this revolutionary author.

    Althogh I have only read the maddadam triology and the handmaid's tale, i feel that the novels are outstanding and unique.

    In all, I am so glad i stumbled upon Margaret Atwood's novels, as now I have a great author to look forward to reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Kadhim
    London
    1/16/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Engaging, absorbing, fantastic!"
    Would you listen to The Handmaid's Tale again? Why?

    I definitely would. It was completely absorbing, and I'm sure I'll come back to this book at some point, to paw over it.


    Have you listened to any of Joanna David’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't - but I will now. I didn't like her at first, her voice seemed quite shrill and strained. But she grew on me, and I really loved her performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I listened to the first half quicker than I have ever listened to an audiobook before. The second half had to wait until after a busy weekend, when I was eager to return to it the entire time.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I can't believe I put it off for so long - don't make the same mistake as me ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    1/8/17
    Overall
    "Can't finish this"

    I feel it's a bit unfair to rate before finishing listening, but I'm really struggling to get over the narrator's English accent (I am English), which seems inauthentic against the story, which is clearly set in a distopian North America and uses jargon that sounds really incongruous when said by an English person. If you can get over this, give this book a go, I guess!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dillon Blevins
    1/3/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Bizarre Turn-On"
    Would you listen to The Handmaid's Tale again? Why?

    This is a book that requires multiple listenings or a very thorough read-through. It makes statements in a dystopian scenario that are otherwise unheard, through a refreshingly sexual lens.


    What does Joanna David bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The reader is quite gripping, although I tend to listen at 2 times the speed to get through books as quickly as possible, so it's difficult for me to comment.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There isn't much to say about this book that wont give away too much. My only problem with it is that there isn't a lot of movement. Though I suppose that is the idea in a prison-like setting. It does become somewhat tedious, yet if you really let yourself fall into the shoes of the protagonist, the raw emotion and desire it can provoke will drive you to keep reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth Clarke
    12/29/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Doesn't really get going."

    I had this book recommended to me by a friend, but I found it so slow to get going. I only made it to chapter 11, then skipped to the end and nothing seemed to really happen then either. I'd spend my months credit on something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • remuera
    12/20/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Dystopian novel."

    This novel is very scary and reminds me of 1984 another dystopian tale. Being of the female sex I am pro the women and think they are badly treated by all the males who seem to think they are above the law.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mj
    12/12/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great, gripping story. Let down ending"

    I loved this story and got totally into the characters only to be disappointed by the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London
    12/6/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A little disappointed"

    I had hoped for a lot more in this book. The story is reasonably paced and the characters are interesting but there is a lack of thrill in the story. It all seems a little tame. Great narration though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abi
    11/29/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good book but not much of a story"

    Although I thought this was good, I didn't really feel like this was a story. It's more an account of what someone's life would be like in this dystopia. That being said, I still enjoyed it and would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sian
    11/28/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Intriguing look at religious & political extremism"

    It was a little difficult to work out what was going on in the beginning, but using a glossary of terms helped with that, and once I'd understood the different terms it was a brilliant depiction of surviving under such a brutal regime. Would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.