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The Handmaid's Tale Audiobook

The Handmaid's Tale

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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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    Atwood is almost prophetic with this story. as if in 1985 she foresaw the rise to power of the religious right. This is a cautionary tale.

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    pam 04-22-17
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    "propaganda and irreversible lies cause big change"

    very interesting intoxicating story. the future and the way propaganda and immoral transformational leadrrship is carried out turning our free society into anything but a free society. A version of enslavement and cultlike belief brings this tale to life through the eyes of a young women. Very nicely narrated

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    "this is probably the best book"

    the storyteller herself read the book as if she wrote it. so amazing. must read!

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    "Wicked premise but struggled with main character"
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    In short, it was a difficult but thought provoking listen. I could not identify with the main character at all. I think Claire Danes did a decent job reading it, but my dislike of the protagonist made me dislike Claire Danes. Sorry Claire, I know it's not your fault.

    Maybe I disliked her so much because this might be a realistic portrait of someone in a situation similar to this and that seems disappointing. Although, maybe she had Stockholm Syndrome?

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    KRitter 04-21-17
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    "Unfortunately Relevant"

    Well worth another read. First read when newly published, the years have not aged this tale. Perhaps more relevant than ever, and the performance matched the author's voice without distracting. I encourage those experiencing this work for the first time to do so before watching the show.

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    "Non stop listen"

    I was so captivated I couldn't stop listening. I think my entire life was out on hold just so I could finish this story! It was such a plausible tale that gripped your attention to the possibility. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone and everyone.

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    Nicholas B 04-20-17
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    "Amazing. Thrilling. Addicting."

    This book was absolutely amazing in how it captures the imagination and emotions while being beautifully narrated in the perfect voice.

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    Buck Pardee 04-20-17
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    Great story. I couldn't help thinking how differently it might have gone if the people had had a way to defend themselves....

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    "wonderful performance in a very interesting"

    love this story exclamation point I had read it years ago but listening to it again in this current day made it even more powerful. the narrator did an excellent job!

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    "A book that doesn't have an ending...."

    A creative story about a dystopian society. Personally, it was hard for me to keep up at first. The author often had "flashbacks" in the middle of scenes that were confusing to me (since I often multitask while listening). The ending was anything but.... I don't care for books that end on a climax or give characters an unforseeable future. The story left many questions and ultimately made me feel empty. I plan on watching the new show and wanted to read/year the original version first. I hope the show gives a better ending.

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