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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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    Hannah Skowronek 07-29-16
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    "Beautifully written and narrated"

    Atwood's imagery is charged with disquieting beauty.
    Danes seems to effortlessly slip into the voice of Atwood's protagonist, while also clearly differentiating voices of other speakers in a way that allows the story to flow for the listener.

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    Lydia Stickel 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Scary! Both genders must read!"

    Not all men are evil, and not all religious people are blasphemous. But this book depicts how scary and disgusting the extremes of both can be.

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    Espie 07-26-16
    Espie 07-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Narration!"
    Where does The Handmaid's Tale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5 - the performance and story were equally enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Handmaid's Tale?

    The Ceremony or the hanging at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    A truly disturbing look into a future that could be. The performance is well done, it felt like she was talking directly to me and sharing her tale.

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    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 07-14-16
    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 07-14-16 Member Since 2005
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    inhabits this book!! Atwood must have written it with her performance in mind. I teach this book in 12th grade English, but only this year did I listen to the book as my refresher prep instead of re-reading it. Why not? I've always been a Claire Danes fan since "My So-called Life." She was brilliant. There were passages that I played for my classes because Dane's delivery elucidated the author's intent perfectly. If interested, there's a youtube video of her recording the book, Behind the Scenes with Claire Danes.

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    Targetaholic 07-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book I've ever read"

    And I read a lot of books. Amazing story and the most beautiful writing. Claire Danes kills it!

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    sarah san francisco, CA, United States 07-06-16
    sarah san francisco, CA, United States 07-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Typical Atwood Brilliance and a great performance"

    Danes does a great read, and from reading reviews on goodreads, the spoken performance might be easier to understand than the book, but saying would give some of the plot away so I won't. The story is excellent, thought written about a terrible dystopian world (that is downright eerie in its prescience, when you realize it was written in '84) so sometimes the story feels terrible. The ending is classic Atwood-- brilliant and unexpected, leaving the reader with lots to consider.

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    Frank Broadway NC, USA 06-28-16
    Frank Broadway NC, USA 06-28-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Claire Danes saves the day!!"

    This story was such a disappointment. If not for Clair Danes performance I don't think I would have made it to the end.

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    Kenneth Estvanik 06-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "mundane narrative on the verge of boring."

    I listened to the entire book so I could legitimately give a review. At 75% done, I was aching for it to end. Thankfully the plot does wrap up, and the final chapter was inventive. Second book I've read of Ms. Atwood, and second disappointment. Not my cup of tea.


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    Linqin 06-23-16
    Linqin 06-23-16
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    "Dark, dystopian, and brilliant."

    Lovely narration. Book explores interesting ideas, such as feminism and religion.

    I love how the main character tells her story. It draws me in.

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    Jenn Gunter 06-09-16
    Jenn Gunter 06-09-16
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    "Loved this book. Claire Danes is excellent."

    A fantastic novel that is both entertaining and thought provoking. Well read and engaging. Loved it.

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