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The Handmaid's Tale | [Margaret Atwood]

The Handmaid's Tale

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

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.

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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    Rena Alisa Los Gatos, CA, US 03-25-15
    Rena Alisa Los Gatos, CA, US 03-25-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Fanaticism makes strange bedfellows."

    When this book first cam out I decided to skip it. It is not really science fiction -- just a weak "alternative future" tale. But I have been listening to the news lately and in many places religious fanatics are kidnapping women and girls and forcing them into unwanted marriages. This tale has become all too real. So I decided to give this book a try.

    It is a good "listen" and I am glad I spent time with it. The voice of the protagonist describes a thuggish takeover of part of the US by a group of right wing religious Christians. It is a military state -- ethnically cleansed and at constant war with all the non-believers. It is a nightmare dystopia where dissidents are murdered outright and everyone must conform to the religious standards in word and deed. Sounds a lot like ISIS -- although this book was written well before
    ISIS existed.

    The narrator is a woman who's husband and daughter have "disappeared". Because of very low fertility rates, she has been trained as a "handmaiden" and assigned to one of the leading politicians. Her job is to produce a child for the commander's wife. In this society, all women are completely subjugated to the service of men. They are not allowed to read or write or live or work on their own. They wear veils. Unmarried men are kept away. Men are only awarded wives when they complete military service.

    It is already happening all over the world. Could it happen here?

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    Kim DeFrance 03-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Older book...but very good story."
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    Great book, before all of the other dystopian books of late became the hot thing there was this!

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    M. I. Se Denver, CO 03-20-15
    M. I. Se Denver, CO 03-20-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Good but a little dated"

    An interesting story, and extremely well they are rated, it's suffers from some of the same issues that animal Farm and 1984 do. That is, they were alarming and shocking visions of a dystopian future, when that i dystopian future seemed much more possible. Given today's very different strengths and concerns, some of the alarm and for boating seems point.

    All in all though, the fun tale.

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    Chictech 03-19-15
    Chictech 03-19-15
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    Very interesting concept for a story I was hooked Clair daines voice is intoxicating could not stop listening even when I could read it I chose to listen

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    Debbie 03-18-15
    Debbie 03-18-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Not a good read!"

    The reader was phenomenal!! Great timing, excellent character development! Well read!

    The story was awful. I appreciate the attempt at extreme to make a point but the complete lack of any continuity of character made the story lose its potency. Our main character just became one of the many who are lost in a horrific possibility. I could not really connect to her and therefor lost the story as a whole.

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    T_K 03-17-15
    T_K 03-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Mesmerizing"
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    This book, although not an easy listen at times (due to the complicated issues with which it deals), was absolutely fascinating, wonderfully written, and leaves a lot of food for thought. I believe feminist readers will find this book particularly interesting, although I think this is an important read for everyone. Claire Danes did an amazing job, and totally brought the story to life. In conclusion, a great book with a perfect narration. Highly recommended.

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    Mark Simi Valley, ca, United States 03-15-15
    Mark Simi Valley, ca, United States 03-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant story and reading: 2+2=5"

    Claire Danes’ reading breathes, whispers, trembles, shouts and wails from the claustrophobic prison of Atwood’s patriarchal, land mined world with such perfectly nuanced understating of a lost woman's fight to retain her identity while hovering on the edge of despair. Wonderful writing, wonderful storytelling, wonderful reading that captures the listener from the first word. Wow!

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    suemama 03-12-15
    suemama 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"

    I kept waiting for something to happen. Very slow and never picked up. I really expected more by the book description. I was disappointed and feel I wasted a credit

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    Reader 03-01-15
    Reader 03-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Crazy read!"

    It took me forever to get into this book. The narration is too long at times and way too descriptive which makes you lose interest in the book. However, the second half of the book is fantastic. And the end? Brilliant!!

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    Pat Houston, TX, United States 02-26-15
    Pat Houston, TX, United States 02-26-15 Member Since 2010

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    "A Provocative Tale of Men and Women"

    I put off reading book for a long time because I had seen the movie version and was put off in a big way. The book is so much better than the movie because the author has a chance to develop the characters. I think it ought to be premarital reading for both men and women, Hopefully men will read it before societal stereotypes of women. The chaipter called author notes is a must read.

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