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)
Yes! It's awesome!
Claire Danes is awesome! Fantastic reader!
This book is rich with emotion and super thought provoking?
One of my favs!
A fundamentalist Christian theocracy gone terribly wrong. The imagery is perfect. Offred is so normal, she makes us see how easily a person with natural urges could go totally insane in a place like Gilead. Gilead shows how important freedom of and from religion are.
This is a good gift for that person in your life who thinks that the government should decide how we can live through scripture.
Not able to...This is a good story that makes you think and makes you want to sympathize with the character. The handmaid walks you through life after turmoil where no woman has a mind of her own and is treated as property but only valued if she can produce. The way it is written it seems that it is not too far from what could really happen.
I liked that through the trials the main character kept herself together and found positivity in her situation.
She makes the story sound real as though she was the character telling the story as if it happened to her.
It would be the wife. She does not play a huge part in the story but I would want to know her true feelings about the situation. I know that she has to feel inadequate BUT to talk to her about her role specifically and what goes through her head during the ritual.
Old ladies with no sense of adventure
Better story, adventure, air sick bag
Made me car sick with her voice.
It's so boring and the narrator is difficult to follow.
Avid Reader and Listener.... enjoy classics, poetry, memoir. Teach College English.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this audio book. The narrator was very strong and her delivery help keep me interested. The story is a classic dystopian one written well before the genre became so popular. If you are female you will be interested and if you are a thinking male, you should enjoy it as well. And it has a terrific ending.
Depressing, desperate, hopeless
Not for me
This book just left me disturbed. The fact that someone could imagine a world in this horrible state of humankind put me in mind of The Holocaust.
Clare Danes does a great job with the feel of the book and fits the story. If a radical religion were to gain footing in our America, we would be in for such a shock. I loved this. What a great subject!
Wonderful writing and fabulous narration. What more can you ask for? I found this title through browsing the "Audible Essentials" If you haven't checked into these, you should. Every one of the audiobooks I have purchased from this list has been a winner! This is one of the best written books I have ever heard (or read).
Claire Danes is freeking amazing. The story is dark and wonderful. I can't believe they made us read this book in high school because it's so like... adult. I didn't get it then. Now I do (at age 39.) It's so awesome, highly recommended.
Of-Fred of course. She breathes the story like it's right now.
Claire Danes' voice if so amazing and her acting is just perfect. I am going to listen to this book a second time merely to experience her amazingness again.
Yes, I'm a book lover, but for this one I'd say Watch the Movie. Yes, the book is well-written, has a poetic turn of phrase and lots of description, if you like that kind of thing - but I don't. I guess I just like books that move a little faster with the plot. This one had way too much description for me. I saw the movie, and that was pretty much all plot. Also the author talked pretty slow so I listened to it at double speed. Fast forwarded through a lot and finally stopped listening. The plot itself is interesting if you can get to it.
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