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The Handmaid's Tale Audiobook

The Handmaid's Tale

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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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    "Excellent."

    Handmaid's Tale was amazing. Ive always been a little hesitant about Margaret Atwood for some reason but this book just rocked my world.

    Clare Danes is perfection. She reads it just right; no overacting. Basically a dystopian mysogynist nightmare that is somehow very enjoyable to read.

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    Meghan M Davitt 12-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent narration, well worth the listen"

    Claire Danes was an excellent narrator. She struck just the right tone for the main character. I had read this story long ago in school but greatly enjoyed hearing it again as a adult. Felt scarily timely.

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    tamara r. 12-02-16
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    "great listen"

    Love Claire Dane's voice, great story. I didn't want it to end! Interesting ending as well

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    Diana Udy 12-01-16
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    "I loved it!"

    I have read this book many times and I always love it. This is the first time I listened to it as an audiobook and I must say I was apprehensive about it. The way it was performed is probably the best audio performance I've ever heard.

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    Michelle B 12-01-16
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    "Fantastic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend for sure. THe narrator captures the essence of this novel perfectly. FIve stars.


    Have you listened to any of Claire Danes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but I certainly will in the future.


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    SoAdorable 11-29-16
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    "Too soon after the election"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but if you voted against Trump, wait a while. I've read this book a few times but this time was a very difficult during the election.


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    "perfect narrator!"

    Claire Danes is the perfect narrator for this tale.... I was completely immersed and never wanted it to end. Thank you

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    Amanda 11-27-16
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    "Eye Opening!"

    This truly is an eye opening story of what is, if even slightly, a possibility within our own society. Wonderfully written and incredibly narrated!

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    Carri K New Jersey 11-27-16
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    "Weird timing"

    My timing is reading this book in light of recent political events seems creepy. I hope I'm being dramatic in saying it read like a primer.

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    Viola fairbanks, AK, United States 11-25-16
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    "A timeless and masterful story"

    This audiobook was an amazing narration of a beautiful, yet heartwrenching tale. I loved it.

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