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The Handmaid's Tale Audiobook

The Handmaid's Tale

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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.

Cover Art by Fred Marcellino. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc.

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.

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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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    Mara 03-22-17
    Mara 03-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    I wish the last chapter would of been better .
    The last chapter was like sitting in a seminar

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    Jon Bolland Bergen NY 03-22-17
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    A bleak future read wonderfully by Claire Danes. It is certainly chilling and shows the depths of humanities depravity while also showing the durability of it's spirit.

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    Amazon Customer 03-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Most boring book I have ever read"

    You start out admiring her descriptive skills in storing telling but it goes on and on and on with comparing this to that and you just want to throw it down! Also nothing interesting really happens. I finished it but it was painful. No ending, no ups and downs, no scary or funny moments. I can't believe how many 5 stars this book gets.

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    Kiira Bullen 03-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "good listen, boring narrator"

    the story was good, however, the narrator remained the same for every character, making certain parts of the story boring or hard to understand what was happening. towards the end, she would change her voice a little so as to not make the characters all sound alike. good listen for a first time listener, but would suggest using more than one voice.

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    Katy 03-21-17
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    "Apropos"

    Margaret Atwood's novel is as relevant today as it was when it was written, perhaps even more so. It is a stark reminder of what can be lost and how easily rights can be taken away, even with the consent of the oppressed.

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    Storyteller/Author Incline Village, NV United States 03-21-17
    Storyteller/Author Incline Village, NV United States 03-21-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Disturbing but captivating"

    Timely the way stories like 1984 are timely today. Sometimes the narrator would change voices for a character and then go back to her own voice in the middle of what the character was saying but otherwise excellent.

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    Amazon Customer 03-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Hard to listen to."

    The author would spend a lot of time going into detail about things that did nothing to move the story along. Things such as trees and random inanimate objects. She would also move the story forward and back ward in time with no warning. Over all the book was horrible.
    One good note was Clair Danes reading.

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    KATHY OLSEN Florida, USA 03-21-17
    KATHY OLSEN Florida, USA 03-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "engaging story if a bit of a head trip"

    loved the performance bt Clare Danes. would've like a better ending but I still really liked the story

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    Jeffrey Luma 03-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I love Clare Danes. I could really picture her as"

    this character. the author paints a vivid picture of what life had become in this dystopian world.

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    Jennifer M Pratt Trumbull 03-20-17
    Jennifer M Pratt Trumbull 03-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring"

    I was so bored listening to this book I just could not listen anymore. Claire Danes voice emulates the monotonous drone of the story well that's the only reason why I gave the performance two stars. I regret using my credit to buy this book and would return this purchase if I could.

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