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)
Horse trainer by day, super hero by night, book lover all the time.
Despite brainwashing, the women of the story cling to their last posession: memories.
Shock, relief, and a craving for more detail. It was the perfect ending to this novel
Offred has a wonderful voice, tinged with sarcasm.
No. Although I enjoyed it, it had its slow moments. It worked well as a device in the story, but made it plodding at times.
Not the typical "end of the world" story. I was slightly disappointed in societies overall apathy
The first half of the book lacked tension or interest for me but once I understood the monotony was a setup for what comes in the second half I appreciated the slow burn.
I usually don't say the movie is better this is one of the few times that i can definately say that. It was hard to keep track of charachters as the narrater didnt do a great job with differet voices.
I was wary to read this because I thought it might be a little dull in terms of having too clear an agenda. I typically don't enjoy the Fareheit 451/Brave New World/1984 reimaginings of the future gone to seed. But because this is shaped entirely around one person's narrative experience, it's gripping from the start and shows perfectly the day-to-day horror of the scenario, rather than the theoretical or sentimental horror of such an oppressive system as a whole. And Claire Danes really reads it like an actor, so each moment is fully realized in emotion and action.
I listened while doing house cleaning so did not waste time.
No, I do not like stories that do not have a definite ending.
It was alright. Her mispronunciation of the word mauve repeatedly got to me though. she kept saying mawv when the correct pronunciation is mowv.
Maybe if the ending was better. The bulk of the story was not that bad. It was the ending I did not like.
It dragged on. Definitely was not my type of book.
Margaret Atwood is my favorite author, and Claire Daines does a great job evoking the character in her story. Very well done all around. I especially love the epilogue where she takes a historical view of the fictional world, but draws out the real world context that Atwood draws on. Genius!
The story was very hard to follow as it jumped from present to past and sometimes you weren't sure who or what was being described. Not at all what I expected from the write up. For me it was a book you begin & continue to see if it gets better or the end brings it all together, which it sort of did, but for me it did not get better
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