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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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    worst book I ever heard, narrator was really boring, story was a mess. hated it.

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    LAlex2015 04-23-17
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    "Only if you dislike Christians and men..."

    Clearly this writer is capable but she had such an axe to grind that you can't escape it. I listened all the way through trying to understand how this dystopian world happened but the details are really hard to come by. If you're convinced fundamentalist Christians are all evil hypocrites and all men are two dimensional sex fiends, you might find a voice in this book. Otherwise, don't bother. Questions for the author: how did the Gideons take over? What was the radiation that sterilized so many women? Why weren't the fertile women valued and cherished? Why were they only available to the elite for marginal repopulation ability? How did they have enough people to continue their war? Why did the disaster only happen to white people? How big an area was held by the Gideon's? And on and on...

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    "Book club book"

    This is not a book that I would have picked for my self to read. I read it with my book club. I found it a bit boring.

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    "Descriptive paradise, with powerful imagery!"

    This story will hold your attention and your heart. the narrator speaks clearly and in keeping with the lead character. I highly suggest it.

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    "Claire Danes makes the story come alive"
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    I've read the Handmaid's Tale a number of times, so I know the story well. Listening to Claire Danes made this story come alive. She is masterful at using her voice to convey the emotions of the characters.

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    Christopher CHAPEL HILL, NC, United States 04-23-17
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    "Why delete the epigraphs?"

    Atwood's novel opens with several important epigraphs, which have unaccountably been left out of this "unabridged" recording. I don't understand this. Otherwise, this is an excellent performance.

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    "he bones of a good story but pretentious.........."

    The bones of a good story, a clever idea,
    but it was hard to read. The authors use of language was pretentious and grandiose taking away from the flow of the narrative.

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    Susan 04-23-17
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    "Boring"

    I struggled to finish it would have been better as a short story the plot line was weak and pretentious.

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    Amazon Customer indio, CA USA 04-22-17
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    "Bravo..Claire Danes"

    I truly enjoyed this novel...would recommend:) The novel makes you wonder could this happen to our society.

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    Smoke 04-22-17
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    "A must read in today's society
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    Atwood is almost prophetic with this story. as if in 1985 she foresaw the rise to power of the religious right. This is a cautionary tale.

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