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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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    Delilah Ohrstrom 04-04-17
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    "Masterpiece"

    This is a feminist dystopian masterpiece. Clare Danes does a wonderful job narrating - it's almost like listening to a beautifully performed, 11 hour monologue. If you like dystopian novels, you will like this. If you are interested in women's rights, you will find this fascinating.

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    Hannah Heimbigner 04-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A relevant piece in the midst of the current political tension."

    A warning about the environmental, religious, and white supremacist views of America and where it might lead us.

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    Robin Wilke 04-04-17
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    "Enthralling Storytelling, Captivating Story"

    This is the best audiobook I've ever listened to. Claire Danes masters the art of storytelling. Her even voice melts away and all you can hear is the story. Her inflections only allow you to sink deeper into the warm comfort of a captivating tale.

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    James 04-04-17
    James 04-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "This should be required HS reading!"

    Honestly, one of the best stories I've ever consumed. This is a dystopian novel like no other - relevant themes abound (right-wingers, I'm casting side eye at you). Beautifully written and intensely poetic. I can't wait to see the Hulu adaption!

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    Could Be Anyone 04-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Unrealized Potential"

    This story has so much room for depth and exploration, but instead the author uses it as a soap box for whiny hypotheticals. This could have been on the level of Orwell, but instead it's just a blip on a feminist studies reading list. What a waste. The performer was not to my liking, but this may be personal preference, as the material she was reading required her to enunciate and pause in order to inject any life or intrigue, and it was a bit much for my preferences.

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    Aileen D. Beverly MA 04-03-17
    Aileen D. Beverly MA 04-03-17

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    "IN 2016 MANY WOMAN ARE STILL SLEEPING!!!!"

    I read this book years ago when 1st released. as a young almost adult woman it MOST CERTAINLY WOKE ME UP. Shamefully to watch as the women of my generation sat back and fell asleep. Thereby taking for granted all the fighting and recognition of the lack of total equal rights that were not granted to women under the constitution, the fact that feminists of the previous generations had been fighting so hard to simply have 50% of the worlds population by gender recognized as equal human beings!!!! There is only so much one individual alone can do. But given that women most certainly make up 50% of the earths population by gender. There certainly is SO MUCH MORE WE CAN DO!!! Man has had his time he has screwed up this earth ENOUGH. MY MOTTO SINCE REALIZING THIS AND THE FACT THAT ALL WOMEN NEED TO STEP UP!!!! AND. WAKE UP!!! IS This "REMEMBER, IT IS NEVER A BAD DAY FOR A REVOLUTION!!!!"

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    Deidre Gutierrez 04-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book."

    Clare Danes does an excellent job narrating story. Great if not scary story. God forbid this stuff ever happens.

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    toniriedl 04-03-17
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    "This will make you think and be Thankful.."

    This book is not a happy book . If you're going to listen to this book don't expect to have joy oozing from the pages. However, I believe it's worth the listen . It is intriguing and thought-provoking . Set in a futuristic world that is scarily if possible event .

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    "Wonderful read. It could happen here."

    Amazingly realistic and possible futuristic novel. Exceptional character development. Loved the book.
    If this doesn't hold your attention see a dr.

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    Estrella Prairie du Sac , WI 04-02-17
    Estrella Prairie du Sac , WI 04-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "There should have been more!!!"

    There was a great story unfolding here and more details of who, where, when and why would have made this an amazing book- but to leave one hanging on so many questions feels like unfinished business :(

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