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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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    Seahawk Portland OR 07-12-17
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    "Over rated. Self indulgent yet highly imaginative"

    Not a book I would recommend. Feminist metaphorical screed about an imaginary society in the future in which women are relegated to second class citizens and breeders. I guess men and women had no backbone then. Well performed by Claire Daines.

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    sara 07-10-17
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"

    Completely fell in love with this book, I played it non stop. It gave me all kinds of feels.

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    Sara Georgia 07-07-17
    Sara Georgia 07-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing & Frightening, Must Read"

    I absolutely loved this book. Frightening though it may be. I'll be buying a hard copy.

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    Amazon Customer 06-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great read"

    i couldn't stop reading this book. i need more answers but i kinda enjoy the end

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    PearlyBaker Prairie Village, KS 06-17-17
    PearlyBaker Prairie Village, KS 06-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Broken Angel Sings"

    This is why Margaret Atwood is the best in the dystopian business. She somehow taps into the future's collective consciousness and weaves a tale that leaves one frightened at how easily this could come about. Since she is my favorite white, female author I naturally assumed I had devoured all of Atwood's pieces. I reckon it might could have been during one of those times I was lost and alone in deep waters and simply do not recall. If there is one thing I know besides women, it's that if this Republic can elect a coked up tween tweeting reality TV star oligarch as their President then I have no doubt in my military mind they would Red Dawn us liberals to FEMA camps faster than you can say Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya here to take our guns.

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    Laura 06-14-17
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    "Gripping story, eloquently read"

    It's difficult to believe this story was published in 1987. Claire Danes does a heartfelt reading of this dystopic story set in the not so distant future. Frighteningly possibilities illustrate not only the setting of the period but also of ours.

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    Natalia Olawella 06-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The best listen I ever experienced"

    The book is spectacular and the narrator ... WOW! Such a great combination. Such a suitable voice and intonation. Somehow, it's like the narrator was meant to read this book. The story is a 10+ to begin with, enhanced with the melodic voice of Claire Danes, it is indeed the best listen I've yet experience with Audible. Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry

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    Anonymous 05-30-17
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    "Great book..ending sucks"

    I love the book, having also seen the netflix series,. However, the end leaves too much wanting and unnecessary prolonging of an unsatisfactory ending.

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    could not put it down. I a little unhappy with ending. I Would like to see a further book

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    Mac 05-27-17
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    "Disappointing overall"

    Well written with an interesting premise, this nonetheless fell flat for me. I was hoping the final chapter would inspire and lift the entire novel out of simple literary obligation - the obligation to finish the vision towards which the author has labored - but it actually just added far more nails to that coffin.

    The story seems to lend itself not so much a feminazi undercurrent as feminazi underwriting. Just not my literary cup of tea.

    Then narration was clear and quite adequate. Not a bad book and narration, but also not inspiring.

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