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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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    A. Rios Arlington, TX USA 10-04-17
    A. Rios Arlington, TX USA 10-04-17
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    "Dislike"

    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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    Amanda 10-02-17
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    "Not what I was expecting, still entertaining"

    This version was performed very well, which was the best part. The story itself left something to be desired.

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    Amazon Customer 10-02-17
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    "Claire Danes is Offred"

    Claire Danes does a magnificent job narrating Offred's narrative and bringing Atwood's work to life. This is a beautifully written examination of the lengths we will go through to survive, as well as the language we use to describe our experiences. I'm sure I will listen to this again, which is not something I normally do. Superb!

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    Amanda Regan 09-30-17
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    "Too many distractions"

    I had a hard time following the time line. The main character would jump from present to past too frequently.
    I felt it was a very long, drawn out story with an enormous amount of detail that could have been spared to keep one's interest in the storyline.

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    Daniel 09-29-17
    Daniel 09-29-17
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    "A well-written, meandering trip to nowhere."

    Intrigued by the concept. Excellent performance by Dane. A world worth visiting but an uninteresting main character who was neither responsible for her predicament, intentional about resolving it, or ultimately responsible for creating any resolution for it. A wishy washy and unfulfilling ending.

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    MikeH 09-29-17
    MikeH 09-29-17
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    "a Classic!"

    I have read and listened to this book several times since it was first published, and it gets better and better. Margaret Atwood's style is point blank, and her imagination is chilling. Claire Danes' performance is wonderful.

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    Casey 09-27-17
    Casey 09-27-17
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    "Interesting Dystopian World"

    I love imagining such a world incorporated into our own. while I did enjoy this book, I felt it was missing something? possibly a complete resolution, but some may realize that that is something that made it so good.

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    Collyn Pala Wexford, Pennsylvania 09-26-17
    Collyn Pala Wexford, Pennsylvania 09-26-17
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    "Dark & Disturbing but Captivating"

    This book dragged a bit in the beginning for me. So dark with no answers. But then it definitely engaged me about halfway through. I wasn't super happy with the ambiguity of the ending, but I'm also an optimist and like closure. Overall, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to watching the Emmy acclaimed Hulu series now to see how it compares. And I love Claire Danes so her narrating was a big plus for me too.

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    Mary Milwaukee, WI, United States 09-26-17
    Mary Milwaukee, WI, United States 09-26-17
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    "Dim view of mankind"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Obviously some like this story. I, unfortunately, was not one. The main character was frustrating in the extreme, and the future dystopian society created gives no credit to the human spirit (male or female). If I didn't want to know the story in order to discuss with my daughter who had to read it for school, I would have never finished it.


    Has The Handmaid's Tale turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator's voice was often flat and lifeless, making it a laborious listen.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Huge disappointment.


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    Danish 09-26-17
    Danish 09-26-17
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    "Good listen, Great performance, ending not great."

    Claire Danes performance was excellent. The story was very interesting and the nonlinear manner of its writing was quite entertaining. However, I felt the ending to be underwhelming; expected more conclusions to various storylines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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