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)
After reading great reviews about this novel, I was somewhat disappointed. I wish there were more character development so that I could care more for the main characters. It is a very bleak novel in a bleak world with a bleak outlook. It is definitely a feminist speculative fiction in a dystopian future.
It was written well, interesting, but not my favorite novel.
Margaret Atwood's book is even more thought-provoking now than when she wrote it. After reading and listening to enjoyable fluff, this book is a reminder of how important literature can be. I listened, wishing I had a class to discuss it with. Wow. A stunning work.
The book was colorless. There was only one in-depth character and she was severely clipped.
I found the story uninteresting. The was basically no plot. The author created a stark, constricted, oppressive atmosphere and kept pounding it home.
The performance was fine.
I would not have published this or cut it by two thirds to make a short story.
I listened to the end just to see what happens. Nothing happens. The reader just puts up with the experience of living under hypocritical, fundamentalist impression chapter after chapter.
Yes! I've read the book several years ago, and at that age I didn't think this book was very interesting. Lesten to the audiobook let me noticed some beautiful and meaningful sentences in this book. I genuinely recommend this audio to all, it's worth to lesten, even you have read it before.
I really like Claire's performance, she gives her emotions into the story and made the book more meaningful.
I had to play it back so I could make sure I didn't misunderstand it's meaning.
Read this book many years ago. It was gripping then. Narration is riveting. Could not recommend more highly. Thank you Margaret Atwood and Claire Danes for a wonderful experience.
I purchased this audio book because it came highly recommended. The story was extremely inventive and interesting. The problem I had was with the copious number of flashbacks and the endless (and I mean endless) similes. I kept thinking "get to the point". I got through it but it took some patience and effort.
loved Claire Danes as the narrator. Her voice transcends the humdrum terror that the "everyday" has become.
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