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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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    Really love this book. I especially liked the historical notes at the end. Margaret Atwood is an excellent writer. Her characters are very well developed I feel like I know them.

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    Sarah 04-17-15
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    "Not the greatest"

    If I were reading this would have quit before finishing, but listened to the end and wasn't impressed seemed to drag on. I really like Clare Danes so it helped that she read it otherwise I may not have finished, kept waiting for it to go somewhere and by the time I thought maybe something was actually going to happen in the book when she was taken away it finished.

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    James A. Hyler 04-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful"

    Claire Danes was the perfect choice to narrate this story. This is a book NOT for the faint of heart. A definite must read in these uncertain times.

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    I put off reading this because I don't do depressing well. The possibility of soch a takeover of our democracy becomes greater every day. As long as we have racist and sexist police, military men, private militias, and wealthy sponsors, a dystopia iis more than possible.

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    Rae 04-10-15
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    "The book took too long to get to the core"

    I would recommend, however be prepared for a long drawn out buildup towards the primary story line. Narration was good.

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    William Lake Mary, FL, United States 04-10-15
    William Lake Mary, FL, United States 04-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    couldn't take anymore , stop listening after 3-4 chapters . skip it and save yourself some time and money

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    "A favorite."

    I've loved this book for years. The audible version is icing on the cake. Highly recommended.

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    Sarah Chapel Hill, NC United States 04-08-15
    Sarah Chapel Hill, NC United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2014

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    What did you love best about The Handmaid's Tale?

    Atwood's Tale is a classic. In a not too distant future (it was published in 1985), parts are the United States are controlled by a quasi-religious, quasi-military totalitarian faction that gained power after some unknown catastrophe. Vague references to nuclear fallout suggest the catastrophe was the bad result of an nuclear arms race but the ultimate result was to render much of the population infertile. As a result, fertile women, like the book's protagonist "Offred," have been pressed into service as a walking womb, doomed to bare children for the powers until she goes barren and then is discarded.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Handmaid's Tale?

    Atwood's glory is her portrayal of the hypocrisy of the "Gilead" government, best scene in the brothel that Offred visits with the general.


    What about Claire Danes’s performance did you like?

    Dane's performance is poignant.


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    Sara 04-06-15
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    "A little to wordy for this guy."

    Excellent narrator. Thought provoking book, an actually believable dystopia. Too much time spent describing her feelings, which really slowed the plot.

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    Julia 04-06-15
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    "Incredible story!"

    Incredible! I loved every bit, from the start... to the very end! Claire Danes does a wonderful job.

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