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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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    Dolores LUTZ, FL, United States 04-24-16
    Dolores LUTZ, FL, United States 04-24-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent "

    one of the most enjoyable audio book experiences for me thus far. Both the book content and style were well done -and Claire Danes reading brought the book to life

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    "So well written"

    This isn't a genre I normally like, I have been passing this up for others on my wish list for a long time. Glad I finally got to it. Normally takes me a week to get through an audio book of this length. I finished listening to it in two days. Beautifully written. Almost poetic at times.

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    Dennis 04-13-16
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    "Awesome Story!"

    I loved this story. It is hard to believe that it is already 30 years old. It could be written today and carry the same weight. We, as society, ought to be more careful with our freedoms and heed Stwood's warning against apathy.

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    boosue90 04-12-16
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    "Love and hate this book..."

    The story is beautifully told, yet there are so many questions unanswered. The book seems to be like a cautionary tale, like so many stories, to people who live there lives without questioning authority. That if we become complacent, we to could end up like so many of the characters in this fictional work of art.

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    mamaof7 04-12-16
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    "I love this book"

    I've read it several times, and this audiobook did not disappoint. Clair Danes is the perfect narrator. It served as though the story was truly hers.

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    MK 04-08-16
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    "Eerily Eloquent "

    Atwood's use of language and simile creates a gripping tale of one women's memories of life prior and during a dystopia society. While fictional works on such societies are popular (consider the recent popularity of youth novels like Hunger Games or Divergent) not many deal with the transitional phases of a society into a totalitarian regime. Claire Danes's narration of the work is beautiful but hard, which lends itself perfectly to the writing style. It is hard not get wrapped up in Offred's world and feel concern, worry and dread for her. Be advised, you will want to listen at all times. I found myself working out, driving, working and folding laundry to this reading. It's nearly impossible to stop.

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    "all too real."

    Love it. very emotional and real. found myself very attached to Offred. great book. read!

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    Inkstain 04-01-16
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    "Exquisitely written and beautifully narrated "

    It's important when reviewing a book to appreciate it for what it really is and not what you want it to be. If this book had done what I wanted, had resolved neatly, had given me a fairy tale ending, it's possible I would have liked it more, but it most likely would have impacted me less. As it is, the writing is lovely, if not laboriously descriptive and the narration is captivating. I also found myself thinking about women all over the world who face similar circumstances, not in some dystopian future, but right now, today. Highly recommend.

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    Amy Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-31-16
    Amy Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narration, great story"

    This is one of my favorite books, and the audio version did not disappoint. Really enjoyed the narration, and it is incredibly written.

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    "what America will be if we elect Ted Cruz"

    seriously, with current public views, this book is terrifying. definitely worth a listen. crazy its from the 80s.

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