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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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    E. Boothe 09-17-17
    E. Boothe 09-17-17
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    "Storytelling at its finest, read well to match"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In almost every case, yes. It's a hard story to listen to at times, but it can be a compelling and thought provoking story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Handmaid's Tale?

    There's too many moments to choose, and many of them would be spoilers that I'd hate to give away!


    What does Claire Danes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is quite possibly the best reading of a novel I have listened to yet. Claire Danes manages to give enough depth and importance and measure to each part of the story, and even individual characters, in such a natural way that it doesn't ever distract from the story, nor did it ever feel robotic. I loved how sometimes she read it in a slightly different tone than I might have interpreted it, giving me even more to think about in an already compelling and thought provoking take.


    If you could take any character from The Handmaid's Tale out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ofglen. If I could kick Offred in her red-clad tush for not taking better advantage of an alliance like that, I would. It would be fascinating to know some of her intel.


    Any additional comments?

    There's definitely some triggering parts of this story in here that could be traumatizing to some, but I feel like it's well worth checking out!

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    Amazon Customer 09-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Not what I expectef"

    I just kept expecting more, I guess. Narration was excellent and, at times, the only reason I kept going. Just not enough drama for me.

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    Render 09-17-17
    Render 09-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Struggled"

    Had to start this book twice but once I started really listening could'nt stop! Thourly enjoyed this book. Loved the narrator.

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    PAULA H DENMON 09-16-17
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    "excellent book. excellent performance. scary story"

    Found this book to be thought -provoking. A bit scary.
    Excellent writing
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    Different from TV SERIES,but just as good.

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    Amazon Customer 09-15-17
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    "Wow."

    It's a new favorite and I'm going to read it again immediately. Wow wow wow.

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    Sara 09-10-17
    Sara 09-10-17
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    "I wanted to like this more"

    I will start by saying that Claire Danes did a fabulous job of narrating this story. Her performance felt like an accurate depiction of the diary of a handmaid in a damaged society.

    The story itself was well thought out and drew many concerning parallels to our society today.

    However, I could not get past Margaret Atwood's dry writing style and struggled to get through this book in entirety. While I did listen because I wanted to hear the end of the story, I would hardly say it was enjoyable.

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    Jared Leute 09-08-17
    Jared Leute 09-08-17 Member Since 2012
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    "fabulous book! enjoyed the narrations as well."

    I would highly recommend this book, a little too close to home during these times.

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    AudioBookLover Greenbay 09-07-17
    AudioBookLover Greenbay 09-07-17
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    "The Handmaid's Epic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Handmaid's Tale to be better than the print version?

    It was entertaining to hear after reading the book many years ago.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters, I guess.


    Which character – as performed by Claire Danes – was your favorite?

    The main character, I guess.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Handmaid's Tale and why?

    The main character, again... I guess.


    Any additional comments?

    This tale is amazing, chilling, but amazing, I guess. Atwood has a canny ability to insert the very basics of human nature into the most extreme and horrifying of environments, which is what makes this book believable. The country is overtaken by a group of religious fanatics and the world as we know it is mutated to a dystopian hell.

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    Celina Rubio 09-06-17
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    "Interestingly written"

    The fact that the setting was something that could happen was unsettling. It's relatable to many situations going on now that maybe the government would implore to take control over. So it's something that gets you thinking, what would I do in these situations, it was a view into someone that was basically just doing what she needed to do. Claire Danes was awesome, I liked how she did the characters.

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    Lara 09-05-17
    Lara 09-05-17
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    "Not for everyone"

    Chose the book because of all the high reviews. Very disappointed. While Claire Danes did a great job narrating, the story was just a modern day tale of an old story. Had to force myself to finish it only to be disappointed with the ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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