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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.

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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    Rose 07-02-15
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    "Just not my kind of read"
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    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.

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    Elizabeth A. Young 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Timeless"

    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.

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    Lee VERO BEACH, FL, United States 07-01-15
    Lee VERO BEACH, FL, United States 07-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not for me!"

    Everyone raved about this book. It was like sitting in a sociology class! Terrible Book!

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    angie 07-01-15
    angie 07-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Unexpectedly poetic"

    The story was interesting but the prose was lovely. At times it was like listening to poetry. Very enjoyable.

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    Diana 06-30-15
    Diana 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed it very much!!!"

    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.

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    "One of the finest novels of the late 20th Century"

    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.

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    Marla Stark 06-30-15
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    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!

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    lana 06-29-15
    lana 06-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I honestly underestimated this book so much"

    Wow!
    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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    clarissa scidmore 06-28-15
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    "good book"

    a very good book. makes you think quite a bit. although the situation described is unlikely, it could happen.

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    J Prince Albert, SK, Canada 06-27-15
    J Prince Albert, SK, Canada 06-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic"

    I haven't read this book since high school. I forgot how amazing it is. Thought provoking.

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