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.
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“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)
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.
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.
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.
Claire Danes reading this for audible was amazing. Such a captivating story. Definitely a MUST read(or listen to).
Monotone and just so boring. Tried my best to finish, was like pulling teeth. No redeeming qualities in my opinion.
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...
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.
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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