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)
I liked the glimpse of a religious society, I did not like the ending.
Probably not. If I am disappointed with one book by an author, I am unlikely to try another.
She gave the character life and personality.
Never read it again.
Haunting, Engulfing & Sorrowful
This not-all-to distant dystopian universe was frighteningly real. The storytelling, the heartbreak and the terror of the handmaid just drove the reader to hear more and more and never want to put the story down. It was all encompassing and I only wanted to learn more and more of the time, the politics and the lives of the women.
She was incredibly genuine, and I never felt she was "acting". She WAS Offred, and she seemed so connected to the character and it felt that she was just as engaged as I was reading it.
Too many times to mention.
I really feel this should be a MUST read for high school students, and especially college women (men too). It shows what the dangers of 'turning a blind eye' or 'going with the flow' can lead to, and it's concepts aren't all that foreign in the sometimes frightening world we now live in.
the 2nd audio book I've ever I've ever walk out on (dropped the book about 4 hours in). It was very hard to pay attention to the terribly monotone narrator. The constant misery of every character made it hard to distinguish who was who. I normally like Atwood's work but this one is not for me.
No. I was pumped to listen to Claire Danes perform this book but I ended up HATING the story! You never fully understand the process of how this regime takes over and how the main character ends up in her current house. Then you're left to wonder what happens to this poor woman after all the horrible things that she has already gone through. Very frustrating and unfulfilling!
More closure! The book just kind of stops and then some random character is trying to explain how that society came about and what happened to them. I wanted to see the women take a stand and overthrow this stupid government!
Continue to support feminist views and stand up for my gender.
Just disappointing. The reviews sounded good & I was pumped about Claire Danes! Overall just thought the story was kind of gross and depressing for no good reason. I'm not even sure what point the author was trying to make about society, if any at all...
I had never read this book before but I've always liked dystopian novels. This is a fantastic read and Claire Danes does a phenomenal job portraying the main character. One of the best audio books I've ever listened to
Everything about her performance was outstanding. One of the best performances I've ever listened two. She portrays the main character as if she were her, living in her situation. It was amazingly well done.
This is a feminist literary classic. Even if you've read it, Claire Dane's masterful narration brings out a new side to a near perfect book. A must listen!
I'm an English major who considers good fiction to be written in unique prose with stand-out characters and a story that refuses to die.
Awesome performance by Claire Danes! I wish she read more- she has a wonderful and pleasing tonal quality and a air of innocence and cynicism that's perfect for this book. As to the story- it's terrifying and beautifully written. An exceptional read!
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