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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.

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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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    Beverlee Rabanal 12-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It's what I expected to be"
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    I read this book years ago in high school and remember enjoying it alot, which is why I bought it to listen to. The narrator read it exactly as I had years ago in my head. Unfortunately, the main character is already designed to be somewhat monotone. So, that is how it came across in the audiobook. The content was good, but I found myself spacing out alot from the monotony of her voice.

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    Renee 12-24-16
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    Atwood's beautiful prose of a bleak world comes to life with Claire Danes' acting talent.

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    Kindle Customer 12-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Chilling Story"

    I'm a huge fan of dystopian stories and novels. Over the last 20 years or so, two stand out in my mind as the scariest - George Orwell's "1984" and this classic by Margaret Atwood. Why scary? Simply because I can actually imagine these scenarios coming true. Think of the changes in our country: the paranoia, fear, and resulting decreased privacy due to ever-increasing surveillance; the ratcheting up of religious fervor as 'the answer' to societal ills. "A Handmaids Tale" seems all too plausible. So chilling. And scary. I can only hope that the fanatical, hypocritical uber-religious can be held at bay. I would hate to have 'prophetic' added to Ms. Atwood's list of attributes.

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    timk 12-14-16
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    I've never heard of this book until audible recommended it recently and I can't get enough. It's an interesting oratory on what could happen when the government goes on a certain trajectory and it's scary. The book was so well written, I consumed it quicker than I wish I had. Beginning to end, it was a page turner. And Claire Danes did a fine job.

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    Amy E. Scarcella 12-12-16

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    "BRUTAL, frightening and altogether an incredible read!"

    Clair Danes NAILED this story, in a way that pulled me in, held me tight & didn't let go until the last word was spoken. Well done, Audible, well done!!

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    High Desert Hiker FRUITLAND, ID, US 12-11-16
    High Desert Hiker FRUITLAND, ID, US 12-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Ironic for these times. .."

    Claire Danes is perfect for bringing this book to life; riveting performance. I happen to be of a similarage to OfFred. Listening to this in the New Age of Trump, I am far more terrified than I would have been previously.... Blessed Be The Fruit. :-(

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    Donald E. Cook Kent, WA, USA 12-10-16
    Donald E. Cook Kent, WA, USA 12-10-16 Member Since 2017

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    "loved it"

    A wonderful book that seems very prescient in our times. Claire Danes is amazing with this presentation.

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    Kathryn 12-07-16
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    "Fascinating Dystopia"

    This listen was almost creepy in how well it still mirrors our society. The path that led to the book's setting can easily be seen, adding to the wonderful tenor of the book. The non-linear revealing of the story kept my interest the whole way, and the epilogue was masterfully done.

    The characters are fascinating in their struggles with their setting and interactions with others. The narrator does a marvelous job conveying emotion without being over done.

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    amy villarreal 12-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    Margaret Atwood's a Handmaid's Tale is great. The story should make us consider the freedom's we have and how quickly they can be taken away given the right plan in the wrong hands.

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    Sue B Carlisle, PA 12-05-16
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    What did you love best about The Handmaid's Tale?

    A riveting story and cautionary tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The first Ofglen, for her strength and resistance.


    Which character – as performed by Claire Danes – was your favorite?

    Above.


    If you could rename The Handmaid's Tale, what would you call it?

    It can happen to you.


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