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.
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“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)
the 2nd audio book I've ever I've ever walk out on (dropped the book about 4 hours in). It was very hard to pay attention to the terribly monotone narrator. The constant misery of every character made it hard to distinguish who was who. I normally like Atwood's work but this one is not for me.
No. I was pumped to listen to Claire Danes perform this book but I ended up HATING the story! You never fully understand the process of how this regime takes over and how the main character ends up in her current house. Then you're left to wonder what happens to this poor woman after all the horrible things that she has already gone through. Very frustrating and unfulfilling!
More closure! The book just kind of stops and then some random character is trying to explain how that society came about and what happened to them. I wanted to see the women take a stand and overthrow this stupid government!
Continue to support feminist views and stand up for my gender.
Just disappointing. The reviews sounded good & I was pumped about Claire Danes! Overall just thought the story was kind of gross and depressing for no good reason. I'm not even sure what point the author was trying to make about society, if any at all...
I had never read this book before but I've always liked dystopian novels. This is a fantastic read and Claire Danes does a phenomenal job portraying the main character. One of the best audio books I've ever listened to
Everything about her performance was outstanding. One of the best performances I've ever listened two. She portrays the main character as if she were her, living in her situation. It was amazingly well done.
This is a feminist literary classic. Even if you've read it, Claire Dane's masterful narration brings out a new side to a near perfect book. A must listen!
I'm an English major who considers good fiction to be written in unique prose with stand-out characters and a story that refuses to die.
Awesome performance by Claire Danes! I wish she read more- she has a wonderful and pleasing tonal quality and a air of innocence and cynicism that's perfect for this book. As to the story- it's terrifying and beautifully written. An exceptional read!
Looking for complex, believable characters, an engaging storyline, and good narration! Fan of sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, and horror.
This story really put me in a dark place. I've had a bad string of listens lately and even though this book is very well written and had excellent narration by Claire Danes, it was not the best experience for me. Maybe I'm too sensitive? I really felt like I was a prisoner in a religious dictatorship, so kudos to Margaret Atwood for transporting me to this world, even though its not a nice place to be.
The handmaid is telling her story in her head. It is rambling and jumps around from memory to memory, as if she is going over details so that she doesn't forget them. After some time it becomes apparent that she is a basically a slave with no rights and having no access to pen and paper, she is fine tuning her tale in her mind in the hopes of recording it one day. She doesn't want to forget one single detail. So sometimes she muses on flowers, or the ceiling above her head. Her confinement and feelings of helplessness come across so clearly that it made it hard for me to finish. Not having a name, not being allowed to speak, not being able to touch another person unless directed to do so, are things that have worn this woman down to a nub and all she has left is the voice in her head.
Why is she a prisoner? What happened to society? These answers unfold very slowly and not in a linear manner. Warning! This story is very depressing with hardly any pay off in the end!! But at the end you will have a greater appreciation for the small freedoms in life.
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