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)
everything. she was excellent. This book is perfectly suited to her and also to one person reading. it's not dialogue heavy. and some other books i've listened to on audible are so dialogue heavy that hearing the narrators voice do a million other characters takes you out of it. Claire Danes was OUTSTANDING!
I was stunned by this story. I kept thinking what if? As a woman, it was frightening. Terror I felt terror. I hated men, after hearing this book
I hated men. I would do whatever I needed to support the lives of women. How thin the line we women stand on with freedom
Say something about yourself!
Best: sets forth a simple fable about how bad things might get (and already are in some parts of the world)
Least: it's two dimensional and in many ways very dated -- even if many themes are still relevant.
It would have been a better short story or a much longer, more sweeping novel. It gets caught between.
Her character depictions added some texture to what might have been even flatter characters in the written form.
Something more colorful. Something that keeps me focused. Found myself thinking abt what to cook for dinner. Creating a grocery list for what I was cooking for dinner.
Not sure. The characters may have gotten more personality further in the book, but couldn't continue.
Nope. I enjoy listening to books with vibrant characters. Maybe I stopped listening to soon and it would have gotten better down the line, but I just couldn't do it.
I listened to over 3 hours of this story and just could not get into it. Claire Danes' performance was really well done and her performance is what kept me going for that amount of time. The book seemed to crawl along. Maybe I'll try again in a few years...and maybe not.
During the last hour you'll realize that this is a tale meant to be listened to, not read. Margaret Atwood and Claire Danes are amazing. Kept me enthralled during the majority of my road trip. I still have questions, so I'm going to have to listen again and hear what I've missed.
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The narrator's hopeless tone made for a chilling few days for me. This story was so awful, so depressing. I only wish I could unhear this disturbing dystopian tale.
After reading great reviews about this novel, I was somewhat disappointed. I wish there were more character development so that I could care more for the main characters. It is a very bleak novel in a bleak world with a bleak outlook. It is definitely a feminist speculative fiction in a dystopian future.
It was written well, interesting, but not my favorite novel.
Margaret Atwood's book is even more thought-provoking now than when she wrote it. After reading and listening to enjoyable fluff, this book is a reminder of how important literature can be. I listened, wishing I had a class to discuss it with. Wow. A stunning work.
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