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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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    Dino 05-16-17
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    Book was fantastic... Heavy and maybe terrifying from recent events.... but fantastic none the less

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    Rebecca C. 05-15-17
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    Claire Danes is amazing as the narrator of this well-written and hauntingly plausible dystopian tale.

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    Michael R. Brant Chula Vista CA USA 05-15-17
    Michael R. Brant Chula Vista CA USA 05-15-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Fascinating"

    I love the dystopian genre. This book was a bit prosey for my taste. But still greatly enjoyed it. Now for the TV series.

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    John 05-15-17
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    "An essay on what can go wrong"

    If you're looking for a story with a plot that progresses and resolves, this is not it. It is however an terrifying treatise on what could go so terribly wrong if a patriarchal society is taken to its worst extreme. Claire Danes is fabulous.

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    Shelby 05-13-17
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    "Not a fan"

    I did not find this book entertaining nor thought provoking. It describes the main character's role in a society that has taken all personal freedom but then it never develops into a happy or even sad ending. It doesn't have a developed storyline. It just exists and then it ends.

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    Highly internal writing of a fundamentalist worse case scenario, let us pray it remains wholly fictional.

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    Patrice E Nissen Prescott, AZ United States 05-13-17
    Patrice E Nissen Prescott, AZ United States 05-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfection!"

    What a story, and so eloquently brought to life by Claire Danes! I have read the book before, but the audible version made it ever the more harrowing. Highly recommend.

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    vickiholm 05-13-17
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    "Eh."

    I really wanted to like this book and kept waiting for it to have a WOW factor but it was "safe" no real climax. Just ok. .

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    A. Martinez 05-12-17
    A. Martinez 05-12-17

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Handmaid's Tale to be better than the print version?

    This audio edition is not better than the print version, it is just different but it is a superb reading of the story.


    What about Claire Danes’s performance did you like?

    Claire did not just read, she performed. She brought the characters and the setting to life for me.


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    Blair 05-12-17
    Blair 05-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    the presenter could have had a bit more enthusiasm when reading the story. her voice stayed mostly mono to e who h made it hard to listen to. the story was OK it could have more detail about the reasoning behind the situation.

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