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)
I would consider this to be more of a young adult style of book.The prose is not especially well crafted and the story was just another iteration of Big Brother's dominance and abuse of the common man and woman.
Slowly unveils pieces of the handmaid's mystery but keeps you wondering at each stage. From this dystopian story you can see the seeds for a lot of the popular books and movies that followed, but Atwood remains unmatched as a sophisticated, observant writer in this genre.
I really enjoyed the deep insights of the main character. I was a bit disappointed by the way it ended, bit liked it very much. Claire Danes is a pleasure to listen to.
What a breathtaking yet quiet novel. To me, this is the only way to describe this book. It requires the reader to think hard and long about the protagonist emotions since much of the story occurs in their thoughts, or at least the thoughts inside "Off Glenn". Like other Atwood books it builds slowly and you yearn for details that will only be fleshed out over time. Instead, you are given a non-linear story that is hard to follow at first, but will reward you. What this lacks in action it more than makes up for it in insightful, and beautiful writing. You will be treated to some of the most sensuous and erotic writing ever centered around a game of Scrabble. If you can put the time in, it will be well worth it.
Amazing book read by an amazing actor. This should be mandatory reading or listening for all young women. Right now we are headed down a dark path that cod lead us right to exactly this type of world. We need to understand how freedom is slipping through our fingers towards a totalitarian society. All one needs to do is watch the news about book burnings and Shariah laws being used here to see that we Must stop this before we lose all our freedoms!! Incredible insight!
please don't hesitate, this book was incredible, suspenseful, well written.
Claire danes was amazing!
I didn't know what to expect and this book was on sale, I'm so happy I took the chance because this story drug me along and left me hanging, begging for more. it's the best piece of literature I've encountered in a very long time.
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