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The Handmaid's Tale Audiobook

The Handmaid's Tale

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Why we think it's Essential - Margaret Atwood’s modern classic is one of the most stunning and powerful works of speculative fiction ever written, and it took a lot of careful consideration to determine who would best narrate this important book. Claire Danes elevates the frightening dystopic vision by lending a sheen of reality with her performance. She doesn't act, and she doesn't need to. She recounts. She breathes out the tale as if she is living it. Resigned, beaten down, traveling through hell by putting one step ahead of the other. I was utterly convinced by her performance. —Emily

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Fiction, 2013

Margaret Atwood's popular dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale explores a broad range of issues relating to power, gender and religious politics. Multiple Golden Globe award-winner Claire Danes (Romeo and Juliet, The Hours) gives a stirring performance of this classic in speculative fiction, one of the most powerful and widely read novels of our time.

After a staged terrorist attack kills the President and most of Congress, the government is deposed and taken over by the oppressive and all controlling Republic of Gilead. Offred, now a Handmaid serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules in hopes of ending this oppression.

Cover Art by Fred Marcellino. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc.

The Handmaid's Tale is part of Audible’s A-List Collection, featuring the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star had a hand in selecting. For more great books performed by Hollywood’s finest, click here.

©1985 Margaret Atwood (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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What the Critics Say

“Claire Danes sparkles in this performance…Danes’s Offred is complex, and her flashes of intense strength highlight her vulnerability. This is a consuming listen, thanks to Danes’s emotional subtleties.” (AudioFile)

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    Thesillybanana Punta Gorda, FL 03-14-17
    Thesillybanana Punta Gorda, FL 03-14-17 Member Since 2015

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    I was spellbound by this story and couldn't stop listening! Once upon a time it might have seemed an impossible future, but it's becoming frighteningly probable.

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    Morgan 03-13-17
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    Listened to this after listening to a Podcast adaptation. The book was wonderful and the narration was excellent.

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    The story jumps around abstractly, making it hard to figure out the timeline. I'm sure if I was actually reading it, it would be easier to follow. The book was a caricature of policies that are being pushed through now. Environmentalism, birth control and abortion, gender inequality. The ending gave no resolution, which drives me crazy, but that is my own personal opinion-some people don't mind that kind of thing.

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    "Highly recommend!"

    Loved it! I became so immersed in this I didn't want to stop listening. Clare Danes does an excellent job and is the perfect narrator for such a story. The only negative to me was the unanswered questions at the end. I would've liked to have known more details of what happened when she was captured and in turn what happened after she was taken from the Commander's house. But as stated, such is history....filled with unknowns.

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    "Great Book. Can't believe I waited so long to read it."

    Claire Danes reading this for audible was amazing. Such a captivating story. Definitely a MUST read(or listen to).

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    Monotone and just so boring. Tried my best to finish, was like pulling teeth. No redeeming qualities in my opinion.

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    "compelled by current state of emotions in US..."

    I wasn't quite sure about where the story was going at times, but really appreciated the vivid descriptions of the class system that developed between the women. and how each had their own type of bondage...

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    "Fabulous narrative of misogynist dystopia"

    A spooky look at American dystopia. what would happen if the televangelist ruled the U.S? There are eerie whiffs of this type of government destabilizing right now under Trump/Bannon regime.

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    "One of my favorite Dystopian Novels of all time!"

    I first read this book last year for a reading challenge I loved it. I decided to re-visit, In anticipation of Hulu's TV Version coming on soon (I Hope). When I was browsing through Audible and saw that Claire Danes was the narrator, I decided I'd Listen to it too. Im so glad I did. Claire Danes brought the story to life and made OffRed's circumstances and the entire story real and believable. She really brought the book to life for me and truly kept me listening later into the night! I hope she narrates more books in the future! I highly recommend the Audiobook!

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