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)
Ms. Danes brings depth to the female characters. She doesn't assume they're all meek people-pleasers.
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.
The narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life. I felt like I was listening to the character actually talking.
It's a dark look at authoritarianism and the importance of freedom.
Parts of this book are pretty disturbing. I was listening to it on the way to work and had to quit because the scene was so upsetting. When I was back at home, however, I listened to it non-stop for a whole evening because I desperately wanted to find out what happened and how it ends. I'm not sure I'll ever read it again, but I can see why it is a classic and why it's been a banned book. I'm glad I read it.
I don't want to read the bestsellers. I want to read the best written.
This is the second time I have read this book and the first time as an audiobook. Ms. Danes brings remarkable talent to this telling of the handmaid's tale, adding appropriate tension, suspense and emotion to the first person narrative. I came away from the book feeling as if I heard it as the story was being told the first time. I think more than most audiobooks I have read, this performance added to the experience significantly.
The writing was brilliant. A nearly perfect novel. The theme perhaps more vital now than when it was written. Clare Danes was a perfect choice. Her performance flawless.
Immersive. Engrossing story with a perfect narrator performance. The post apocalyptic ultra conservative regime strips women on their rights. You see yourself in the story: what would you do in those circumstances? I loved the epilogue which provided a analytical perspective and historical comparisons
Linux System Engineer
It was a horror story about hopelessly trapped women, and no possibility of saving any of them. what's the point?
While the dystopian society presented is interesting, the incessant inclusion of wandering minutia reminded me of books written by authors who were paid by the word.
Nonetheless, the book is intelligently written and presents worthwhile philosophical questions.
I would only recommend The Handmaid's Tale to patient deep-thinkers.
It was an okay book, I had high expectations from previous reviews. It was much different than I expected and some parts were kind of slow. Claire Danes did a good job narrating though. Would recommend, but not raving reviews...
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