We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Handmaid's Tale Audiobook

The Handmaid's Tale

Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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.

Related Videos

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (22386 )
5 star
 (13345)
4 star
 (5724)
3 star
 (2269)
2 star
 (616)
1 star
 (432)
Overall
4.3 (20477 )
5 star
 (11991)
4 star
 (5044)
3 star
 (2202)
2 star
 (733)
1 star
 (507)
Story
4.6 (20485 )
5 star
 (14991)
4 star
 (3766)
3 star
 (1203)
2 star
 (307)
1 star
 (218)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    William Shehan 04-30-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Boring narration."

    I've read this book more than once hoping to get why everyone loves it.

    Sure it's poignant to today but so are so many other great works. Books like "It can't Happen here" by Sinclair Lewis written in 1935, 1984, Brave New World, Omega Man, Clavell's "The Childrens Story, and many Isaac Asimov short stories.
    Atwood did not create anything new she merely played off of the backs of giants.
    But there are interesting points and details added that I enjoy.

    So many say that "this is exactly what is happening." Not really. The crux on the matter in HMT is the sterility of the population and the fear that allowed the change of their society. While we may be seemingly close to this we are still, hopefully so, far away.

    Spoiler----


    Also read to the end and the historical notes and we see that future anthropologists and historians are looking at a document of the past Even they doubt is authenticity, pg 303 in my addition, they ask how if things are so bad did Offred have access to a tape machine where these tapes, yes tapes, recorded. Saying "it has a whiff of emotion recollected" when they further consider the recordings.

    The narration is boring and hard to listen to. But given that they are "recordings" perhaps this is intentional and part of the mystique of the work.

    That said I enjoyed Orex and Crake as well as other Atwood's works and recommend reading this book as it does add to the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    breana crossley South Prairie, WA 04-30-17
    breana crossley South Prairie, WA 04-30-17 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "WOW!"

    What a terrifyingly beautiful book! I was enthralled and thinking the whole time. I'd definitely recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kelley Shelton 04-30-17

    Weeping shall endure for a night.. But! Joy comes in the morning!!

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow..."

    Heard the word chilling used to desribe this book.. I concur this is definitely chilling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sheila Callander Minnetonka, Minnesota 04-30-17
    Sheila Callander Minnetonka, Minnesota 04-30-17 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    45
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A must read for liberals and conservatives TODAY"

    Is this where we are headed in the political climate of today where misogyny, racism, and white male powerism is legalized?. Atwood magnificently tells this story of a near distant future. It is frightening as we observe and have hope for the heroine in her dire circumstance. This book will shock you awake to the potential impact of Trump-like power brokers making decisions for the people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Aparries Xenia, OH 04-30-17
    Aparries Xenia, OH 04-30-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The story was great, the final chapter was on another level"

    I've been wanting to read this for a couple decades, but never got around to it. How funny that I finished it right before Hulu begins the series? The story unfolds in a very organic, thrilling and well-times way. The setting is really written so well that you find yourself being a fly on the wall, or taking walks right behind. Claire Danes does a beautiful job in the narrating. I would read it again, I've recommended it several times, I'm going to watch the series, I'm going to read everything else she's written. To be able to seamlessly blend the past, present and future so well... it's a dystopian novel while also being an odd religious-historical fiction/literary fiction/drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jamie Davis 04-30-17
    Jamie Davis 04-30-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing"

    This is an amazing story to listen to. I literally could not find enough times in the day to be alone to listen. It was beautifully narrated and well written. It is not a novel that I would normally categorize as suspenseful, but I could not get enough and always had questions leaving me to listen more. Wonderful novel; I would highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brandy LEXINGTON, KY, United States 04-29-17
    Brandy LEXINGTON, KY, United States 04-29-17 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    40
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "future is bleak"

    for a female who could not reproduce this book will be scary. Yet tis a good plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Green Eyes 04-28-17
    Green Eyes 04-28-17 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent narration great story"

    I read this when it came out in the 80's but Clare Danes narrative brought it more to life. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Thomas J. Quilitzsch Attleboro, MA United States 04-28-17
    Thomas J. Quilitzsch Attleboro, MA United States 04-28-17 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliant"

    the fear of the religious right in the eighties, translates to fear of Sharia Law in 2017. The parallels are uncanny and unsettling. Clare Danes perform is one of the best I've ever heard. Because of the narrative nature of the material, she was able to become offered instead of just reading her story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-27-17
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-27-17 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    205
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    221
    148
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    19
    13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "HITS CLOSE TO HOME"

    If you have ever imagined (with dread) what would happen to our society if an extremely right-wing politician took over the US government, this book will hit close to those fears. Women are objects for reproduction only, pollutants in the air and water have made most men and women infertile, ONE religion is accepted and those who follow other religions or follow no religion are executed. Men are in charge, women have virtually no rights, etc. A scary proposition.

    Narrator Danes was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.