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)
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.
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.
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.
I would recommend for sure. THe narrator captures the essence of this novel perfectly. FIve stars.
I have not but I certainly will in the future.
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.
This audiobook was an amazing narration of a beautiful, yet heartwrenching tale. I loved it.
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