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The Handmaid's Tale Audiobook

The Handmaid's Tale

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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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    LGwenn 05-06-16
    LGwenn 05-06-16 Member Since 2016

    Urban fantasy with a sexy bent

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    great performance. terrifying & disturbing story. I really enjoyed everything about this. political and prescient.

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    Robyn Davidson 05-05-16
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    "Great performance - Engaging Story"

    I've always wanted to read this classic. Listening to it performed by Claire Danes was engaging and enjoyable. I love Atwood's attention to detail and historical references in the crafting of this dystopian tale. Disturbing, shocking, suspenseful, insightful, touching, and almost believable are all words to describe.

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    working mom of three houston 05-05-16
    working mom of three houston 05-05-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Book"

    You have to wonder if this could really happen. Sadly- probably. Danes is an amazing reader. Loved her. The only reason I gave the book four instead of five stars was the ending. I felt a little cheated. I would still highly recommend this book.

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    Amazon Customer Machesney Park, IL United States 05-04-16
    Amazon Customer Machesney Park, IL United States 05-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fabulous"

    loved it. tons of thought provoking ideas, and similarities from history to now and now to the future!

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    Kaitlin 05-03-16
    Kaitlin 05-03-16
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    "The Handmaids Tale"

    I enjoyed this book for the most part, I didn't enjoy the jumping back an forth from one part to another, but over all the book was good! I strongly suggest you listen to the "Historical Notes" at the end because apparently it changes everything, my friend had read the book but didn't real the historical notes, but when I let her listen to it, she said that it's like a whole different book!

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    Apprentice Sage 04-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narration, even better story!"

    Never had chance to read the classic. Listening to it instead was a real treat.

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    Wendy Warren Baltimore, MD 04-25-16
    Wendy Warren Baltimore, MD 04-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Descriptions Galore, but No Story."

    One of the first things I learned in storytelling is no dreams and no travel stories. Dreams are too disjointed and travel stories are too lineal. I was tired of the main character's description of her dreams--for what purpose? Were they just to add more flowery descriptions and symbolism? Listened to more than half of the book and just had to give up. Too many good books out there to waste my time on this one. The symbolism was so obvious and cliche.

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    Dolores LUTZ, FL, United States 04-24-16
    Dolores LUTZ, FL, United States 04-24-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent "

    one of the most enjoyable audio book experiences for me thus far. Both the book content and style were well done -and Claire Danes reading brought the book to life

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    Brian Herman 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "So well written"

    This isn't a genre I normally like, I have been passing this up for others on my wish list for a long time. Glad I finally got to it. Normally takes me a week to get through an audio book of this length. I finished listening to it in two days. Beautifully written. Almost poetic at times.

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    Dennis 04-13-16
    Dennis 04-13-16
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    "Awesome Story!"

    I loved this story. It is hard to believe that it is already 30 years old. It could be written today and carry the same weight. We, as society, ought to be more careful with our freedoms and heed Stwood's warning against apathy.

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