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)
The author repetitively described things. Almost like she was trying to see how many different way things could be described.
This was a thought provoking, stirring, and yet down to earth story.
I felt like I could relate to the character, surprisingly. The intrusive thoughts, the horror of the situation, the understandable choices.
The description of how the women interacted with one another, during routine tasks. I could just imagine being there, holding my breath and second guessing every interaction, every tiny gesture or facial expression.
1984 meets the Scarlett Letter
I found this book disappointing. The narration was good but the story lacked depth. The only reason I finished it was because it was an audiobook....if I had been actually reading it I'm certain I would have never finished it.
I could not follow the story line at all. The books starts in the middle and goes back & forth in time. After an hour or so of listening, I still have no idea what is really going on so it is hard to maintain interest. This will be the first audiobook that I will not finish. Save your money.
Her descriptions were very good but I find the story too difficult to follow
Claire Danes is a wonderful narrator just wish it was a different story.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
When I first started reading this story, I wasn't sure I wanted to continue. Maybe because it forces you to think. It is difficult to imagine a scenario like this in a country where we are used to so much freedom. That being said, it did make me stop and think about the liberties our government seems to be taking for granted these days in the name of terrorism. I never really cared before, but after reading this book, I can see how it could be a slippery slope. Sometimes even fictional books can paint a picture which can help us see what could be if we continue on a certain path. Atlas Shrugged is one of those books, and The Handmaid's Tale is another. I only gave it 4 stars because I really hated the way the book ended. I felt like the author just got tired of writing and stopped.
A working mom that loves to read but has not time to sit and enjoy a good story...so I listen and LOVE stories of ...
this is a captivating story that forces you to visualize and attempt to grasp the complications of what has transpired...the mystery of how and why this story is taking place.
The story captivates you by giving you just a tiny portion of the message requiring you to think ... quite a novel idea.
The main character "Of Fred" is wonderfully complicated...but it is the Character Fred that most intrigues me. He has a tinge of humanity that seems to be just hidden beneath the surface -- but it is his driven need for control and power that sours his true character. Claire Danes was PHENOMENAL! I plan to find any other novel that she has read and I will listen.
yes...however it is a lengthy novel.
I did listen the last chapter more than once -- still hoping for answers that were never truly revealed. I adored the vocabulary and the grammatical structure an style of the novel.
This is not my usual fare. I picked it up as a daily deal because of the reviews. In fact, I was wary of its characterization as "literary fiction" because usually that stuff is too highbrow and artsy for me. As an "A-List" production by an A-List actress reading an A-List author, I had sneeringly high expectations. But wow, this really made me respect the designation of "literary." I didn't find the dystopian world all that amazing - any reader of fantasy or science fiction has surely read books that take place in more intricate, believable, or interesting worlds. But the writing... oh the writing. I guess it's been a while since I've read or listened to anything this lyrical.
Claire Danes did a perfect job narrating. She was not the best narrator I've ever heard, but she was the best for this story.
This is a great audiobook. Margaret Atwood is a fantastic writer and her dystopias chill to the bone..Claire Danes managed to bring Offred to life in a magnificent way. I loved listening to her and I am very happy that I bought this particular audiobook.
Woman's futuristic nightmare.
At first, I thought the whole thing sounded horribly implausible, that this piece of "speculative fiction" was ridiculously implausible. And then, bit by bit, I realized that - to some people - this was what they would consider a "better way of life." It made me sympathize with how threatened women must feel, ways I wouldn't even have considered. It was fascinating.
Her voice for Aunt Lydia - all imperious and elderly - was the most distinctive, but the entire performance was a spectacle.
The moment where Offred and Ofglen connect in a personal, secret way as they continue their walks, how guarded they all had to behave up until that moment.
Definitely in the top 10
Offred playing scrabble, the writing is so delicious.
Offred & Moira
Much of it.
I am amazed it took me so long to get to this book. It's incredible. It's Nineteen Eighty-Four for Feminists
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