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 have nothing but good things to say about this book and Danes' performance, one of the most touching works I've read/listened to. Danes' performance is totally unforgettable and a must-listen, even if you've read the book before. Her voice brings an amazing realness and life to the story.
Loved it. Sprinted through it. An expert read of a smatly written book. Unlike many books centered on the crumble of society, this reads as one centered on the survival of the human heart rather than the continued possession of science.
Claire Danes was a wonderful narrator. The story left me hanging, and I'm not sure if it's a work of fiction or non fiction. I'm not sure if it was the written words, Claire Danes' voice or the combination but it sounded like poetry.
It wasn't until the end of this story that I realized how well done the narration was, but that it was! It captures the very nature of the story and lends itself to believability. I only wish that someone else had been brought in to read the final chapter.
Excellent performance for a very good story. Interesting read. Good development of the main character. Chilling world. Oppression of the masses. Gripping tale. World without rights. World without a voice. World without individualism. World without children.
Claire Danes provides an excellent narration. No over acting.
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.
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