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 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.
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.
I have no comparison.
I play books while I paint, so yes I can listen in one sitting - but it is may radio.
I am actually Vickie, William's wife. I just use his account to buy my books!
Where I enjoyed the main body of the story, the leap to the future symposium style ending just left me flat.
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 I love Atwood's attention to detail and historical references in the crafting of this dystopian tale.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.
You have to wonder if this could really happen. Sadly- probably. Danes is an amazing reader. Loved her. The only reason I gave the book four instead of five stars was the ending. I felt a little cheated. I would still highly recommend this book.
loved it. tons of thought provoking ideas, and similarities from history to now and now to the future!
I enjoyed this book for the most part, I didn't enjoy the jumping back an forth from one part to another, but over all the book was good! I strongly suggest you listen to the "Historical Notes" at the end because apparently it changes everything, my friend had read the book but didn't real the historical notes, but when I let her listen to it, she said that it's like a whole different book!
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