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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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    Ashley Ellis 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Reflective of Our Times and Terrifying"

    It is hard not to recognize the correlation to George Orwell's novel 1984, in the infrastructure of the narrator's (Offred) world. I found this piece to be constantly catching in its reflection of America's current state of affairs. The atmosphere makes this novel even more chilling and immersive. The audible narrator did an excellent job as well breathing life into this auditory version of The Handmaid's Tale. I give it a 5/5.

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    Aiesha T boulder, co, United States 05-10-17
    Aiesha T boulder, co, United States 05-10-17 Member Since 2016

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    "very scary and probable"

    cannot believe it was written decades ago and the detail is so relevant to what is happening in the society Today

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    Sherri Shaw Davidson 05-10-17
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    "Surprise ending"

    Captivating and perfectly paced for my 40 min. daily commutes. Narration was superb. Recommended to coworkers already. Wasn't expecting the ending. restarted the last chapter after a few minutes because I was sure I must have missed Something big but yes, I was hearing it correctly. what a surprise ending and how it pulls from current history for its scenarios. wow. kept me thinking all morning at work. I do wish it continued a bit longer. makes you want to watch the t.v. series knowing it must continue longer than the book.Realistically, not the best book I've ever read but very good.

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    amy thomas 05-09-17
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    "Bravo!"

    Hands down the best novel I have ever "read" and I am an avid reader. It was beautifully written.

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    Marsha Chapman Alum Creek 05-09-17
    Marsha Chapman Alum Creek 05-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed."

    I struggled to finish it. Too slow and too much verbage sadly lacking in plot.

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    "Amazing story and narration."

    One of the most brilliant stories and narrations I've ever heard. This is a must read. I'm curious to see how the show matches up.

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    Loren Dallas, TX, United States 05-09-17 Member Since 2012
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    "The Sad Tale"

    The handmaiden was so sad and miserable that she made me miserable. The only reason I finished the book was because I was on a ride trip. I was so depressed by the story, I would not recommend it to anyone.

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    "Riveting!"

    Claire Danes did an awesome job narrating this chilling story. The story itself was creepy, yet creative and disturbingly believable.

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    "Do not hesitate to buy this"
    Where does The Handmaid's Tale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audiobook I've listened to so far


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is nail biting. Sadly, it is very shocking to listen to it in this particular moment in history. There is a very profound understanding of many of the social issues regarding gender that is intertwined in the fictional world Atwood creates.


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    Claire Danes is a fantastic narrator

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    "Dark dreary and depressing"

    I disliked everything about this Audible book. The narration was bland and the story is bleak.

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