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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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    Amazon Customer 03-30-17
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    "Great Potential, But Fell Short."

    The plot synopsis makes this sound like a taught thriller-like read. Witht the recent political climate, one can see how these types of regimes can form; though perhaps not to this extreme. I was hoping for a tense read. intrigue, psychological webs, etc. Perhaps the Hulu series trailer amped me up. But the story is mundane. The character isn't likeable, though some may say she is admirable for her own acts of resistance, which are few and frail. The writing was laborious and repetative; overly descriptive. I haven't read any other of the author's work, so perhaps it was a character trait coming through i the writing. The most interesting chapters where the last few. The last one (a postscript type of narrative) making the whole previous tale more interesting.
    Claire Danes was not a good choice, her voice lacks variety. she was dull to listen to, but the character was dull herself, so perhaps that was purposeful. in which case, good choice. I'm hoping the Hulu series is better.

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    Loren 03-30-17
    Loren 03-30-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Clair Danes really brought Ofred to life!!"

    This is by far one of the best books I've ever listened to. Highly recommend. Honestly, I wanted to read it before the Hulu show comes out. I saw a promo and I'd never heard of it before. This should have been something I read in high school or college. Truly one of the most captivating and spell binding stories ever. Loved it and want to explore more of Margaret's books!

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    nicol 03-29-17
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    "Loved this"

    Wonderfully written. Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining. And fantastic narration! Claire Dane was fantastic and have great depth to each subject.

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    Jennie California 03-29-17
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    "Really good also really creepy"

    This is a different kind of dystopian future from the classic ones like 1984 and Brave New World. It reminds me of these two but also it is a flipped version from a woman's perspective. Also the circumstances of the dystopia are eerily close to current realities.

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    MichelleShops Florida, USA 03-29-17
    MichelleShops Florida, USA 03-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Claire Danes delivers"

    The story is out of this world. Extremely well written and thought out.

    Claire Danes gives it life. Her enunciation of the words - I can't truly explain it.

    This left me sad - it's a cautionary tale in many ways - but ultimately I enjoyed it so much.

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    G. D. Kidwell Not from California 03-29-17
    G. D. Kidwell Not from California 03-29-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Sad world"

    I didn't care for any character in this book. I couldn't identify with anyone, and consequently at the halfway point I couldn't wait for it to be over.

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    Timothy Huff 03-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Depressing"

    I have completed hundreds of books on audible and few books have depressed me and bored me as much as this book. I am not into books that take forever to explain the decorum of a room, the scent of the air or the flower pattern on a dress. The book drags along with providing very few details and over descriptive boring story line. I did not become vested in any of the characters and found myself waiting for sweet relief for the end of the book. Save your credit and find something better

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    Jen 03-28-17
    Jen 03-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Best narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Handmaid's Tale to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Claire Danes did an amazing job.


    What could Margaret Atwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Very unrealistic story. I can remember things from my childhood. This was an adult that was married with a child, how could an adult forget so much of who they are - doesn't make sense. This author seemed to be riding the coattails of 1984.


    What does Claire Danes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Was more like a movie than a book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Same


    Any additional comments?

    I have only listened to the audio version, did not read the book. If I had read the book, I probably would have lost interest as the story was just too far out there, but Claire Danes kept it interesting.

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    MJ FILLOON 03-28-17
    MJ FILLOON 03-28-17
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    "liked it"

    good narraration. the story kept me interested during my workouts. I would recommend it as a good read.

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    KHarrington 03-28-17
    KHarrington 03-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "brilliant"

    Masterful storytelling. Claire Danes's performance is simply perfect. Atwood in her prime. Prose meets poetry.

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