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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.

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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    amy feezor 04-19-17
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    "loved it"

    Claire Danes does one of the best jobs telling this story that i have ever heard.

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    David Dickson 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A great setup for the show..."

    First off, the narration of this book is absolutely fantastic. Claire Danes is truly able to bring the characters to life, and made every scene, however mundane on the surface, overflow with potential.

    That being said - honestly not a lot happens in this book. I originally expected it to be a tale focused on the underground organization of women fighting the current regime, which this book is not at all. Instead you get a look into what life is like in dystopian New England through the eyes of a woman who has been living her life, just trying to get by - therefore the end of the book is a little unsatisfying, but I believe that is wholly intentional. I very much look forward to the show starting this month.

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    Meg Hamilton 04-18-17

    Do people know every book can't be a 5-star book or the ratings are meaningless? On any site! Same goes for Goodreads.

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    ""New" Version Released Just After This?"

    This is one of the all-time amazing novels. Margaret Atwood is a visionary; and while it might be scary or uncomfortable to some, it is not to be turned away from.

    Remember, she wrote this in 1985. And we are much closer to the realities of Gilead NOW than ever.

    Don't think IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE.

    Note to Audible: would have been nice to have the most recent "update" since I just purchased Claire Danes version right before. Ugh.

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    Allison 04-18-17
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    "Excellent book, excellent performance"

    Atwood is a fantastic writer with a talent for deep, poetic description. The narrator did an excellent job with Offred's character!

    The historical transcript at the end of the novel made it. I loved this piece and will continue to recommend it.

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    Lori 04-18-17
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    "Incredible dystopian novel"

    Claire Danes was amazing. What a great story! Dystopian fiction at it's best. Highly recommend.

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    Lance 04-18-17
    Lance 04-18-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Anticlimactic"

    Kept waiting for something to happen but nothing really ever did until the very end and that too was small and left dangling.

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    Cara 04-18-17
    Cara 04-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Home Run Narrator!!!"

    Claire Danes does an amazing job reading this book!!! It's a great, thought provoking story.

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    Marcia L. Mock Deer Lodge, Tn 04-18-17
    Marcia L. Mock Deer Lodge, Tn 04-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Really made me think."

    I fully enjoyed the book and the narrator. This is a genre that I don't usually listen too but this book was excellent.

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    Mario 04-17-17
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    "Very slow. Great last chapter"

    Struggled to stay focused with all the "Waiting for Godot" lack of development. Last chapter provided better context.

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    Jennifer Menzel Kansas 04-16-17
    Jennifer Menzel Kansas 04-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't get the hype"

    I was very excited to get this book with everything I'd been hearing about it and the TV series coming out. It left me disappointed. Maybe because there was no closure or maybe because the story just didn't go anywhere. It just went round in circles without progression. Claire Danes did a nice job narrating though. I thought the choice of her as narrator was great.

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