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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.

Cover Art by Fred Marcellino. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc.

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.

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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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    Katrina Ondracek Lincoln, NE USA 03-15-17
    Katrina Ondracek Lincoln, NE USA 03-15-17 Member Since 2017

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    "I thought it would be better"

    With all of the talk I thought I would really enjoy it, but it was just ok. I had more questions than answers when I finished. I couldn't really connect with characters.

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    CaraN Maryland, United States 03-14-17
    CaraN Maryland, United States 03-14-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Danes does a fantastic job with this classic"

    Claire Danes' narration and character voices are fantastic. She does a great job of bringing this story to life.

    It's amazing that this book has been continuously in print since it burst onto the scene in 1986. Heartening, because it tackles many, many aspects of misogyny and social imbalance.

    I found this book impossible to stop listening to even at its grimmest moments. It is interesting, thought-provoking, and surprising.

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    Amazon Customer 03-14-17
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    "Missed Opportunities"

    Clare Danes reading was the highlight.

    The author spends too many "pages " giving detailed descriptions and multiple analogies of nearly everything mentioned in the book...including several repeated descriptions with additional analogies of the same situation/thought/feeling or observation when it occurred again.

    Although some descriptions/analogies bordered on poetic, only one for each would have been sufficient. For this reason I would not suggest the audible version. Instead, reading the book,which allows skimming more readily, might be better.

    In addition, and perhaps because so much time was wasted on above, there were so many possible scenarios left untouched that would have made the story more interesting and moving...I kept waiting for a twist or some suspense, anything to entice me to keep listening. The only enticement to keep going was the hope for that to occur. But right to the end there were none. Thus, the story moved slowly and evoked little emotion. That is my main criticism.

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    Thesillybanana 03-14-17 Member Since 2015

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    "I couldn't stop listening."

    I was spellbound by this story and couldn't stop listening! Once upon a time it might have seemed an impossible future, but it's becoming frighteningly probable.

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    Morgan 03-13-17
    Morgan 03-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it!"

    Listened to this after listening to a Podcast adaptation. The book was wonderful and the narration was excellent.

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    Ticee Moore 03-13-17
    Ticee Moore 03-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Horrible endings"

    The story jumps around abstractly, making it hard to figure out the timeline. I'm sure if I was actually reading it, it would be easier to follow. The book was a caricature of policies that are being pushed through now. Environmentalism, birth control and abortion, gender inequality. The ending gave no resolution, which drives me crazy, but that is my own personal opinion-some people don't mind that kind of thing.

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    Jennifer L. Keeler Ashley, IN USA 03-13-17
    Jennifer L. Keeler Ashley, IN USA 03-13-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Highly recommend!"

    Loved it! I became so immersed in this I didn't want to stop listening. Clare Danes does an excellent job and is the perfect narrator for such a story. The only negative to me was the unanswered questions at the end. I would've liked to have known more details of what happened when she was captured and in turn what happened after she was taken from the Commander's house. But as stated, such is history....filled with unknowns.

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    CPrice Pennsylvania 03-13-17
    CPrice Pennsylvania 03-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book. Can't believe I waited so long to read it."

    Claire Danes reading this for audible was amazing. Such a captivating story. Definitely a MUST read(or listen to).

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    Annie Gonzales, CA, United States 03-13-17
    Annie Gonzales, CA, United States 03-13-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Snore Fest!"

    Monotone and just so boring. Tried my best to finish, was like pulling teeth. No redeeming qualities in my opinion.

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    Waste of time! Can't trust the ratings. I am returning it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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