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The Handmaid's Tale Audiobook

The Handmaid's Tale

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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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    Struggled in the beginning. Didnt get good until the conversation with Of Glenn...then i was intrigued.

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    Really thought there would be more to this book. I'm disappointed. Claire Daines did an excellent job, at least.

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    "Perhaps my new favorite novel and writer."

    Her prose is what the English language was intended for. An unfortunately truthful look into human capability using a swathe of repeated history and keen focus on the female psyche.

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    "great story"

    not what I expected. this is not a slave story. Claire Danes is an amazing reader.

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    Sam 10-09-17
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    Loved this book. The only thing that was slightly irritating was the disjointed writing. I understood the purpose of it but at times seemed to force the dramatics a little too much

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    mary WESTFIELD, MA, United States 10-09-17
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    Story line was interesting but I couldn't stay with this book because of the droning on of narrator. I realize that may have been to stay in keeping with the character, but found it painful. Could not even finish so can't really report on the story

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    I loved this book hauntingly dark only because so possible. Well organized to provide information while keeping you guessing.

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    Great book and the narrator puts personality into the text. Perfect for those long drives home.

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    Amy D Eden 10-04-17
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    Struggled to finish. Very boring. Narration was awful. Did not attach to any of the characters. I would not purchase

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    A. Rios Arlington, TX USA 10-04-17
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    Did not like the end, hope the show is better. did not enjoyed Ms Danes monotonous voice, did not help to wish for this book to end.

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