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The Handmaid's Tale Audiobook

The Handmaid's Tale

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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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    indyemmett 11-13-17
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    "Better than Hulu"

    I listened to this book before watching the Hulu series. Without sounding cliche, the book is better. Yes the Hulu series is good, but the book is told through a different lens and offers more insight. Excellent narration too! AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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    I've decided to try this book after seeing everybody raving about the series on TV. The book was okay, it was fine. But, this is one of the few Tom's when I think a TV series may actually be better than the book. Although I have not watched it yet I can see where the actual visualization of the story could have more of an impact than the book.

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    Amazon Customer 11-12-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Hated the story."

    I returned the book. It was depressing and writing not what I enjoy in how things are described. One of the few times I truly regretted my purchase. Happy that I could get a new credit in exchange. Claire Danes was good, story the problem.

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    Kindle Customer 11-11-17
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    "Frightening"

    Clare Danes did an excellent job of narration. This book makes you think of the reality of life and how extreme and cruel society can become. I was so relieved that she seemed to escape.

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    Mia Los Angeles 11-09-17
    Mia Los Angeles 11-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "If only Clare Danes narrated all my books"

    The story is compelling, the writing is lovely, and it's an exceptional treat to have Clare Danes telling it to you. My favorite audible so far. "AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY"

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    capricious 11-09-17
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    "Disappointing"

    There’s a difference between writing about a tedious life and writing tediously. Unfortunately I think the latter happened here. The ending especially was annoying - without giving it away, the way it was done was ultimately frustrating and unsatisfying.

    I’ve read better from Ms. Atwood.

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    Kathleen Ann Pittsburgh, PA, US 11-09-17
    Kathleen Ann Pittsburgh, PA, US 11-09-17
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    "The handmaids tale"

    Very interesting but would have like a little more back ground information as to how and why this could happen in this day and age.

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    J. Ott birmingham al 11-08-17
    J. Ott birmingham al 11-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Better than Reading the Novel"

    I decided to reread this novel after many years. The Audible version brought the characters, and the bleakness of the story to life. Clare Danes was perfection in her narration. BRAVO to Audible for a superlative interpretation of classic novel.

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    MagicMiloX 11-07-17
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    "Chilling and brilliant."

    I remember dreaming of the future as a kid. i thought we'd be close to flying cars and a Star Trekkian utopia. I feel like we are much better to Atwood's dystopian nightmare.

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    Tiffany J Sopousek 11-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "good idea but underwhelming"

    author tried to hard and the read came across as that. The narrator only made this worse

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