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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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    Lyssa 04-15-17
    Lyssa 04-15-17
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    "Overrated and disappointing"

    The characters are more developed than the story. It felt as if it were just part of a story, nothing complete, everything unfinished and I didn't find it particularly "possible" as others seem to have.

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    Melinda Curphy 04-14-17
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    "Bleak and Dreary"

    I chose this book based on it's NYT Best Seller status but was not at all thrilled to listen to it after the first hour. The story is so bleak, dreary and void of hope that I did not enjoy it. I listened to the end, to see if the tone would change, but it remained the same.

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    Judy 04-14-17
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    "Dark book"

    What a dark book! I kept waiting for it to get better and have some kind of a positive ending. The ending was the worst part! I can't figure out why everyone gives this such positive reviews.

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    LindaK 04-14-17
    LindaK 04-14-17 Member Since 2016

    My hubby, my dogs Finley & Delilah, all agree, Audible makes life better & better!!!!

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    "The Future? Lord Help Us , Not!"

    Thrilling, frightening, suspenseful, and More! I grew so attached to our narrators character, I cried as the pages kept falling away, along with the lives of the Handmaids! A story not to be missed or ignored on the Shelf!
    I truly hope it's not "futures-r-us!"

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    SKM Chicago 04-14-17
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    "Overrated"

    Maybe I'm just a jaded millennial , but I found this book to be very anti-climactic and overly wordy. Maybe we have read or seen too many dystopian type of stories to find the content of this book to be that interesting. Maybe it's just the current political environment that even made this relevant again recently, in the first place. It wasn't bad, I did find myself wanting to learn more, but I was disappointed that it really went nowhere. Claire Danes did a nice job narrating.

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    Laura 04-14-17
    Laura 04-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Prolific"

    Written in the 80s this is quite unnerving and not all together possible as we still struggle with protection of reproductive rights.

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    Allen S. 04-12-17
    Allen S. 04-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting read!"

    I'm glad I read this book but it isn't in my top favorites . it felt slow and I was looking for more of a WOW scene but felt like I never got it. read it so I could watch the TV show and compare.

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    DS Hearn 04-12-17
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    "powerful story; powerful narration"

    this was an important story when it was first written it is still relevant and carries even more importance now and the narration is perfect.

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    Alma M. Tello 04-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Handmaid's Tale is a must read!"

    I read and listened to the book. I love this book. I don't love Claire Dane's voice so I gave it 4 stars. That's ok, it was and is still an incredible book.

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    Cindy Pendley 04-12-17
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    "A Must!!!"

    So good I listened to it 2x in a row. Read it in high school but wanted to revisit it 25 years later. It means so much more to me now. It's one of the top 100 books of all time, in my opinion. Enjoy

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