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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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    Anonymous 05-18-17
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    "So relevant to today"

    I was supposed to read this book in high school but I was to immature in 2011 to do such a thing. I am so happy that I decided to not only "read" the book, but have it read to me beautifully by Claire Danes. Her voice grabbed me, and pulled me into the text. This text is socially and cultural relevant and beautifully written. I truly appreciate, as a degrees historian, chapter forty-seven.

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    manny ca,usa 05-17-17
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    "the most boring book of the century goes too"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The handmaids tale. The book failed to grab my attention it just rants on and on feminism blah blah oppressed boring. no gun action like hunger games no martyr hero no nothing.

    was forced to read this book for school and the narrator did not help she took 19 minutes to read a 4 page chapter


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    rick riordan the dark prophecy book two


    Would you be willing to try another one of Claire Danes’s performances?

    no she took too long to read a 4 page chapter book and her voice put me to sleep


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

    disappointment and sleepiness


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    Amazon Customer 05-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "it was good enough to finish."

    The last hour was tedious but I made it though. The first few chapters left me questioning what the heck was going on. I had to finish it to see what all the huff wad about. eh...

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    Sandra San Diego, CA, United States 05-11-17
    Sandra San Diego, CA, United States 05-11-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyed it even more the second time around"

    This book is a classic and Claire Danes gives a great performance. The second listen was even more enjoyable than the first, picking up on little nuances, like what her name likely was. Wish this had a sequel

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    Emily Paine 05-10-17
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    "Haunting story narrated perfectly"

    This was my first reading of The Handmaid's Tale, and it was everything I've heard and more. Offred's story is chilling and the surprising ending makes it even more haunting. Claire Danes stands among one of the best narrators I've listed to (which includes Edward Hermann and Rachel McAdams). It certainly isn't a feel-good tale, but I think it's one of the most important books ever written.

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    Gr8LakesGrl 05-10-17
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    "Everyone should read this novel!"

    Amazing to think that this was originally written in the early 1980's, yet it remains so relevant still today. It is a very compelling story, and I really enjoyed listening to Claire Danes read it. She did a wonderful narration.

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    Ashley Ellis 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Reflective of Our Times and Terrifying"

    It is hard not to recognize the correlation to George Orwell's novel 1984, in the infrastructure of the narrator's (Offred) world. I found this piece to be constantly catching in its reflection of America's current state of affairs. The atmosphere makes this novel even more chilling and immersive. The audible narrator did an excellent job as well breathing life into this auditory version of The Handmaid's Tale. I give it a 5/5.

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    TinyGizmo 05-10-17
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    "very scary and probable"

    cannot believe it was written decades ago and the detail is so relevant to what is happening in the society Today

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    Sherri Shaw Davidson 05-10-17
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    "Surprise ending"

    Captivating and perfectly paced for my 40 min. daily commutes. Narration was superb. Recommended to coworkers already. Wasn't expecting the ending. restarted the last chapter after a few minutes because I was sure I must have missed Something big but yes, I was hearing it correctly. what a surprise ending and how it pulls from current history for its scenarios. wow. kept me thinking all morning at work. I do wish it continued a bit longer. makes you want to watch the t.v. series knowing it must continue longer than the book.Realistically, not the best book I've ever read but very good.

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    amy thomas 05-09-17
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    "Bravo!"

    Hands down the best novel I have ever "read" and I am an avid reader. It was beautifully written.

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