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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©1985 Margaret Atwood (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
“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 am a high school American Sign Language teacher. Ph.D in multicultural Education. Married, 2 grown daughters.
Hard to listen to and couldn't get into what was going on.
I can't even answer the questions. I was bored from the beginning trying to make sense of it. I just stopped.
I selected this audiobook because I am a fan of Claire Danes and she does not disappoint with her narration. This was the first Margaret Atwood book I have listened to/read and am now a fan. Great dystopian novel.
Middle aged wife, mother, student and full time worker. I listen to books using my phone, especially when I drive/travel for work.
An interesting story with good detail and interesting characters.
I read this book many years ago and remembered liking it, but not the details of the story. I enjoyed listening to the book and getting re-aquainted wtih it.
Comfortable voice to listen to.
The main character.
Loved this so much that I want to listen to it again sometime and I really want to learn more about its writing and its author. Can't believe this book was written in 1985 but identifies so many issues that are in the forefront of our lives now. Really wonderful - recommending this to everyone.
I was riveted to this intriguing story and didn't want to put it down until it was over. I felt the book was deeply engaging and the desperation of the characters was tangible. The story made me feel outrage, sympathy and fear all at the same time. It made me want to climb into the book and take action but at the same time I felt so grateful that I do not live in that world. I believe the book will be one of those that lingers in my mind for awhile.
Many of my female friends sighed when I said I was listening to the handmaid's tale. Apparently it was required reading in high school which doesn't do much for enthusiastic reading.
Im glad I didn't have that bias implanted in me. I was hooked from the beginning. The pace of the book moved quickly, and I felt Margaret Atwood is excellent at helping the reader truly feel the main character.
Claire Danes was amazing. Even though I have an image of Claire Danes from all her tv shows and movies, she made this character truly unique and I was able to paint a picture of the main character on to a blank canvas. The parts where she gets truly emotional are amazing, she gets right in to character and builds upon it as she goes. She does a better job than most professional narrators.
Not what I was expecting at all.. OFF the beaten path for sure...& so well written that at times I found myself getting more into the amazing 'writing' than the story line. Atwood is extremely gifted at getting to the CORE of humanity's deepest feelings, frailties, failures and strengths in this very unusual tale. Claire Danes was perfect. This is one I won't forget!
It was a depressing story about how women had been devalued in America and could not do anything. They were baby makers and that was it.
Yeah, I don't want to live that way.
I have heard great things about this book. I bet it is probably better in print. It was difficult to follow the transitions within the story.
I remember reading this right out of college (many years ago) but didn't really remember much about it - except the basic, unpalatable premise. It's not a very nice story but not without redemtion either. Claire Danes performs with a sort of flat affect that totally fits and yet you can still feel the underlying emotion. I think I liked this performance more than really ENJOYED it.
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