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)
The last chapter is boring, and a waste. The story of this woman deserved a much better finale. The author jumps right into this confusing tale, without warning. She continues to jump around throughout.
The quasi historical lecture at the end, it was unnecessary and boring. The author could have made this a much better story by following with the woman's story to the end.
Claire Dane's was the best part of this book.
Ready for the next stage.
It had amazing imagery without overdoing the descriptions.
The writing style reminded me of Toni Morrison (without the overt racial tones).
The scene describing the readers first encounter with the handmaids real purpose. When The Wife, The Captain, and The Handmaid are all on the bed. The colors and shapes of their bodies create a detailed picture all while creating a essential scene to understanding the story.
Definitely from Claire Danes; not so sure about M. Atwood
I bought it because of the narrator (as well as the reputaion of the author) but the story was just too science fiction"y" for me and I really didn't "get" it.
Would have abandoned the book early on if not for the narration
I've said it all.
Leave the celebrities at home! I love listening to books and am exasperated by the need for celebrities to insert their personalities into what is not theirs, leave the book reading to some of the wonderful narrators. Her voice and inflection was distracting and annoying and hard to get past to enjoy the story.
It's an interesting premise from a very interesting perspective. The author allows you to get close to your character in a way they are unable to get close to other characters in the story, which procures a personal relationship you share with the protagonist.
She did an excellent job with all the characters.
No, but that is because the difficulty of reading some parts that evoked a deep empathy for the protagonist. I needed a break from her world and her interpretation of that world.
This is an excellent book, and a wonderful audio book.
very interesting story
Thinking that it could happen now
It took me a while to get into the book, but once I was caught, it was in until the end.
The subject matter-why the handmaid and society was in their current situation-didn't sit well with my beliefs.
It was too obviously left wing and anit-God.
Clair Danes was fine. It was the story that I didn't care for.
I debated long and hard whether to give this 3 stars or 4. I ultimately decided on 3, notwithstanding the superb narration of Claire Danes. She is also the reason I downloaded the book in the first place, not knowing fully what to expect. It was generally a good story albeit, I thought, somewhat far fetched. It was thought provoking, however. We do take a lot of our freedoms for granted. For some reason, it is my time to be reading what are typically thought to be women's books. I am also in the process of reading Jane Eyre. That one I am thoroughly enjoying, already anticipating a 5 star review. Anyway, I for the most part found O Fred's tale interesting, particularly enhanced by the narration of Claire Danes, which I thought was great.
I have listened to it twice already and will probably listen to it again. The story was so interesting and there is so much to take in.
I liked the unexpected ending. I also liked that it was an unsettling way of life that could happen.
I found the book to be intriguing. I couldn't listen to it fast enough.
I bought the book because it came up as a recommendation and I love Claire Danes. The book was so much better then I thought it was going to be.
Let's be honest Claire Danes is genius, so I would say her narration. The story is interesting and made me think.
I think anyone would call this book anticlimactic but for me that was not an issue. I so enjoined listening and introspecting, it was one of those books for me. A book that I think about weeks and months after finishing. It is relevant, frightening and beautiful.
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