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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.

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©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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    Richard Newmarket, NH, USA 10-29-16
    Richard Newmarket, NH, USA 10-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Plodding...Cuhmon - move the story along!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Slow wtih frustratingly little back-story development.
    Caveat: I consistently prefer books with a fast moving, descriptive story line. I do not enjoy flowery prose. Give me Grisham or King and I am happy.
    Therefore.... I disliked this book. I wish the author would tell this story with decent development of the back story ( if this does happen, it come late in the book). I simply don't have the patience to endure the slow development of the key elements of what seems to be a compelling story. ( I returned it having only read in about 15 chapters.


    What could Margaret Atwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Provided a clear, compelling back story and character details regarding this world and what happened, instead of being so damned literary and cryptic


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed, frustrated


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    Tyra Stokes 10-26-16
    Tyra Stokes 10-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Chilling"

    This bpook does an amazing job at creating a future that is believable and chilling. There are vestiges of this story seen today.

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    Joyoussee 10-19-16
    Joyoussee 10-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't waste your time."

    Worst book ever. Too much on descriptions, no plot. Just when I thought the story was coming together, boom, falls into something else.

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    Breighton 10-14-16
    Breighton 10-14-16
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    "shattering "

    This book is especially terrifying in that it seems within the realm of possibility. Claire Danes is wonderful narrator

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    Georgina 10-09-16
    Georgina 10-09-16
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    "Haunting tale"

    Danes reading brings Offred to life.
    Atwood is a master of the English language. Her description of the mundane becomes riveting. I appreciate her skills as a writer so much more now than I did when I first read this story as a young woman. The first person present voice draws the reader in, allows her to feel...to be...Offred. Haunting. Beautiful. Terrifying in its vision of what might have been. Terrifying because it still might.

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    eyeboxone 10-06-16
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    "A book everyone should read."

    This book should be at the front of line when it comes to dystopian novels.

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    Susan G Hettleman 10-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The handmaid's tale"

    30 years old, and more relevant than ever! A stellar performance by Claire Danes, also.

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    michael zaucha 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting Read"

    Claire Danes did an amazing job reading this. The book was interesting and gives insight on how fragile our freedom is. I do wish they had more details in the ending.

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    Jenifer waters 10-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I expected."

    I can appreciate the creativity of the story, however, it is slow moving and the end is quite abrupt and frustrating.

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    Julie 10-03-16
    Julie 10-03-16
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    "Glad I don't live in that world"
    What about Claire Danes’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Danes brings depth to the female characters. She doesn't assume they're all meek people-pleasers.


    Any additional comments?

    This book creates a possible future, in which the enslavement of women is quite visible. I'd like to see more books in this same world, from different points of view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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