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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.

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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    B. Jeffries Indianapolis, IN 05-26-16
    B. Jeffries Indianapolis, IN 05-26-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Danes does it"

    I thoroughly enjoyed Dane's performance. She brought the story to life and used her voice to become the characters. My trip ended before the book and I was pretty let down that I had to wait a week to find how it all ended.

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    Laurie Murrill 05-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    Very thought provoking. I was entertained and could not stop listening and still wanted more.

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    carrie 05-25-16
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    "Excellent writer, but stories too dark for me"
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    This author is an excellent writer and I get sucked into her books, but because her stories are speculative fiction with dark undertones they leave me feeling disturbed.

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    Chela J. Noto Santa Monica , CA USA 05-23-16
    Chela J. Noto Santa Monica , CA USA 05-23-16 Member Since 2016

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Handmaid's Tale to be better than the print version?

    I first read The Handmaid's Tale the year it was release. I saw it as a dark, tragic romance. Now as a fully fledged woman I am struck by the absolute absurdity, comedy, and truly dark nature of the story. Atwood's writing is lyrical and uncanny.


    What other book might you compare The Handmaid's Tale to and why?

    Goodness the Madadam trilogy - but that is a bit trite.

    I know that Atwood does not like to be lumped in as a SciFi writer, but in my mind she keeps the good company of Vonnegut, Bradbury, Le Guinn... and that is my very short list.


    Have you listened to any of Claire Danes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have no comparison.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I play books while I paint, so yes I can listen in one sitting - but it is may radio.


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    Jenn Bedard 05-16-16
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    "Captivating!"

    This book took me as prisoner and I listened to it almost obsessively with interest, awe, and fascination.

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    James Schacherl 05-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great book"

    this is one of my favorite books. great story and sometimes creepy scary. clair danes did a wonderful job as narrator.

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    Christine 05-14-16
    Christine 05-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book"

    I loved this book and Claire Danes did a phenomenal job left me wanting more

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    William C. Mccoy Leander, TX 05-09-16
    William C. Mccoy Leander, TX 05-09-16 Member Since 2011

    I am actually Vickie, William's wife. I just use his account to buy my books!

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    "Unique ending"

    Where I enjoyed the main body of the story, the leap to the future symposium style ending just left me flat.

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    LGwenn 05-06-16
    LGwenn 05-06-16 Member Since 2016

    Urban fantasy with a sexy bent

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    great performance. terrifying & disturbing story. I really enjoyed everything about this. political and prescient.

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    Robyn Davidson 05-05-16
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    "Great performance - Engaging Story"

    I've always wanted to read this classic. Listening to it performed by Claire Danes was engaging and enjoyable. I love Atwood's attention to detail and historical references in the crafting of this dystopian tale. Disturbing, shocking, suspenseful, insightful, touching, and almost believable are all words to describe.

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