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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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    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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    Brent S Seattle, WA 04-12-17
    Brent S Seattle, WA 04-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story and fantastic narration"

    First time I've read this book, and I'm so glad to have heard Clare Danes' performance. Fantastic.

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    "Haunting"

    To close to what could actually happen for comfort. I loved this story, and Claire Danes as the narrator was shot spot on perfect.

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    Megan Yore 04-11-17
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    "Margaret Atwood and Claire Danes"

    Margaret Atwood creates such vivid and real scenes with her brilliant writing and Claire Danes delivers such a believable retelling of the story. it is a match made in heaven

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    Where does The Handmaid's Tale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5, easy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have two: the narrator because I could not help but identify with her and want her freedom for her. She is complex and honestly written; I love her. <br/><br/>The second is a spoiler. So stop here if you haven't finished.<br/><br/>My second favorite is the professor in the historical notes/afterword talking about the book as an artifact, for a number of reasons. I hate him. He so casually dehumanizes the narrator, remembering her forever as her title, the Handmaid; and does not seem to feel anything about her tale. He makes it clear that the academics of the future have not learned from the disaster of Gilead. At the same time it seems clear that native peoples of North America are dominant in this far future, which suggests the author has avoided the noble savage trope. I hate him and that is the victory of this book: the reader is told there is no happy ending - only the possibility of change. The professor's culture is not the Utopia to Gilead's Dystopia. It is a different kind of total sh*t.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first scene in the bathroom when Offred is alone; it is a grotesque and beautiful love letter to death.


    If you could rename The Handmaid's Tale, what would you call it?

    Don't mess with perfection.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a casual listen. If you vacuum while listening you'll miss something

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    Beth Otto 04-11-17
    Beth Otto 04-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Not at all my favorite"

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    Not like this book at all. So slow and boring. Only got through ch 5. Really want to return it

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    Kate Woodmere, NY, United States 04-07-17
    Kate Woodmere, NY, United States 04-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent narration"

    Claire Danes is amazing as narrator, and made me excited to listen to this every chance I had! My only complaint is the ending- I hate the "historical note", and wish it had just ended and the end (you'll understand if you read/listen!)

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    "Loved it! Work or art!"

    This book was outstanding! Claire Danes was outstanding as well and brought the book to live in such a compelling way!

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