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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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    Chisato 07-08-15
    Chisato 07-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this book!"

    I love her voice and her ability to give voice to different characters. The story is also very captivating. Very sad and depressing but beautifully written.

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    Elinor Curry 07-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A Must Listen"

    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.

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    Lynn 07-07-15
    Lynn 07-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A cautionary tale of fertility obsession"

    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.

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    Heidi 07-07-15
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    "Interesting read that read like poetry"

    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.

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    Popcorn22 07-04-15
    Popcorn22 07-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Superbly Narrated"

    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.

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    Monchos Moca, PR United States 07-03-15
    Monchos Moca, PR United States 07-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent performance for a great book."

    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.

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    Rose 07-02-15
    Rose 07-02-15
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    "Just not my kind of read"
    Any additional comments?

    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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