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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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    zachery 02-24-16
    zachery 02-24-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Bizarre story"

    I love Claire Danes and she is wonderful as the narrator. But even she can't save this odd story that I kept waiting to relate to or enjoy. Skip it.

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    MB St. Catharines, ON, Canada 02-22-16
    MB St. Catharines, ON, Canada 02-22-16
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    "Powerful story"

    Will stay with me and attune me to signs of proto-totalitarianism. Glad I read this classic at last.

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    Diane Hanley 02-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, great narration by Claire Danes"

    This story is still timely, particularly in light of current political and world events! Great.

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    Amazon Customer 02-19-16
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    "a bit of a wierd read..."

    if you are interested in women's issues give it a try, as it looks at it through a fictional historical lens. it was a little dry, and the narration was OK, but a little monotone. I feel like I learned quite a bit about the character, and her struggle, and how that type of civilization could form, but I just found it hard to really get into. somewhat slow and the style was just on the dry side. but the overall story was interesting.

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    loralu 02-17-16
    loralu 02-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Just okay for me."

    I would probably not recommend this book to a friend. I did not care for the ending. I felt as though there was never a climax!! I definitely expected more from Clare Danes as the narrator. She is an amazing actress and that did not carry over to this audible book. She was monotoned and blah throughout:(

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    janicen 02-14-16
    janicen 02-14-16
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    "Not a Favorite"
    Would you try another book from Margaret Atwood and/or Claire Danes?

    Possibly if the subject seemed interesting and the price was right.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Margaret Atwood? Why or why not?

    Probably if it was free or really cheap. Not high on my list though. I decided on this book since I had read something by Margaret Atwood long ago (probably this book), and I wondered what I'd think of it upon re-reading.


    Did Claire Danes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Her reading was boring. In order to not insult Claire Danes, I suspect that boring was what she and Margaret Atwood were going for. I think maybe a boring reading fit a boring life. It's been a while since I listened to this book, but, if I remember correctly, Claire's reading got more lively as the main character's life got more lively.


    Was The Handmaid's Tale worth the listening time?

    Not so much.


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    Inna A. Alexeeva 02-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Nauseating"

    The thought if anything like that becoming true is absolutely nauseating to me. 1984 and brave new world are utopias in comparison.
    Well written story though - i felt all the pain and desperation the heroine did.

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    Kindle Customer 01-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Dystopian Novel for Adults"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend the book to my friends, because it's a very interesting read. It is a little confusing in the beginning, but once the end comes to, the realization of what the book is supposed to represent is amazing. It's a different kind of dystopian book


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

    The way that everything comes to be, the reason for society being the way that it was in the book was the most interesting part.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when she's taken away from the house, because it shows that even though society is different, somethings never change, such as chivalry.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have an extreme reaction, but I did like it. It intrigued me, more than made me feel any certain way. I wanted to know why things were the way they were, and it did make me want to know what had happened to the main character.


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    Creighton 01-27-16
    Creighton 01-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "all to do about nothing"

    The story meanders like a slow moving river. A relaxed listen I'm curious about what's around rhe next bend only to find more of the same scenery . Then the story softly pushes me to an outter bank beach where I pull out my boat and call it a day.

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    Anna Pfaff, Maestra de Ingles Desamparados, San Jose Costa Rica 01-24-16
    Anna Pfaff, Maestra de Ingles Desamparados, San Jose Costa Rica 01-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So Smart. So Good."

    This book is in the top 10 books I have ever read. Maybe top 5.

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