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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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    The story was very hard to follow as it jumped from present to past and sometimes you weren't sure who or what was being described. Not at all what I expected from the write up. For me it was a book you begin & continue to see if it gets better or the end brings it all together, which it sort of did, but for me it did not get better

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    It just creeped me out, not relaxing story for bedtime. That would be a severe nightmare if it ever came true.

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    The story, while extremely well written and thought-provoking, is chilling. I tried to read it twice in hard copy, but couldn't stick with it. Claire Danes' performance is incredible and kept me interested through the last word. I can't say I enjoyed the book, but it is certainly worth reading.

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    I love how the author and the narrator keep you interested from the very beginning. It makes you feel like you are there in the the story anxious to learn more of what is happening and why, all the way until the end.

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    I love her voice and her ability to give voice to different characters. The story is also very captivating. Very sad and depressing but beautifully written.

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    I have nothing but good things to say about this book and Danes' performance, one of the most touching works I've read/listened to. Danes' performance is totally unforgettable and a must-listen, even if you've read the book before. Her voice brings an amazing realness and life to the story.

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    "A cautionary tale of fertility obsession"

    Loved it. Sprinted through it. An expert read of a smatly written book. Unlike many books centered on the crumble of society, this reads as one centered on the survival of the human heart rather than the continued possession of science.

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    "Interesting read that read like poetry"

    Claire Danes was a wonderful narrator. The story left me hanging, and I'm not sure if it's a work of fiction or non fiction. I'm not sure if it was the written words, Claire Danes' voice or the combination but it sounded like poetry.

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    It wasn't until the end of this story that I realized how well done the narration was, but that it was! It captures the very nature of the story and lends itself to believability. I only wish that someone else had been brought in to read the final chapter.

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