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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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    Mac 05-27-17
    Mac 05-27-17
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    "Disappointing overall"

    Well written with an interesting premise, this nonetheless fell flat for me. I was hoping the final chapter would inspire and lift the entire novel out of simple literary obligation - the obligation to finish the vision towards which the author has labored - but it actually just added far more nails to that coffin.

    The story seems to lend itself not so much a feminazi undercurrent as feminazi underwriting. Just not my literary cup of tea.

    Then narration was clear and quite adequate. Not a bad book and narration, but also not inspiring.

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    Rebecca Fleming 05-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "It took me awhile to get into it but once I did..."

    Amazing story and in some ways I feel could happen in this day and age.

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    Daniel L. Scearce 05-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story but...."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book... except for the ending. It was like the author just ran out time or got bored and decided to just end the book.

    If you're looking for a story with any closure... this ain't it.

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    Lindsey 05-25-17
    Lindsey 05-25-17 Member Since 2010
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    "In a word...depressing"

    I had high hopes for this book, but was left feeling disappointed. It is well written but the story was slow and very depressing. Claire Danes is a great narrator. Maybe this story just hits a little too close to home in current society.

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    Denise L. Bartlett stuart, florida 05-24-17
    Denise L. Bartlett stuart, florida 05-24-17

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    "The handmaid's tale"

    I enjoyed this book immensely. The storyline was great and the narrator was excellent .couldn't be happier.

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    Keshia 05-24-17
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    "The comparison to reality is scary."

    With most dystopian novels, the author's purpose is to make you compare the words on the page with the world around you. Atwood is no different. Her words were bone chilling and shocking. Claire Danes as narrator was perfection. I didn't want to stop listening to this book. I appreciated the kind of wake up call Atwood is giving in the fact that she says in the book that characters did nothing when they suspended the constitution and instituted martial law. They did nothing until it was too late. I love this book and will recommend it.

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    Joshua 05-22-17
    Joshua 05-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Story!!"

    Great character development. Interesting story with engaging dialogue. I was hooked immediately and recommend to all Audible subscribers.

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    Amazon Customer 05-22-17
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    "perfection!"

    I totally enjoyed this! Read magnificently! Left me longing for more. Simple​ perfection and a deep story.

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    "So relevant to today"

    I was supposed to read this book in high school but I was to immature in 2011 to do such a thing. I am so happy that I decided to not only "read" the book, but have it read to me beautifully by Claire Danes. Her voice grabbed me, and pulled me into the text. This text is socially and cultural relevant and beautifully written. I truly appreciate, as a degrees historian, chapter forty-seven.

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    manny ca,usa 05-17-17
    manny ca,usa 05-17-17

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    "the most boring book of the century goes too"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The handmaids tale. The book failed to grab my attention it just rants on and on feminism blah blah oppressed boring. no gun action like hunger games no martyr hero no nothing.<br/><br/>was forced to read this book for school and the narrator did not help she took 19 minutes to read a 4 page chapter


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    rick riordan the dark prophecy book two


    Would you be willing to try another one of Claire Danes’s performances?

    no she took too long to read a 4 page chapter book and her voice put me to sleep


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment and sleepiness


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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