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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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    M. Chesapeake, VA, United States 08-21-17
    M. Chesapeake, VA, United States 08-21-17 Member Since 2013

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    "loss for words"

    It had been many years since I first read the story. Now after listening understand why I never bought the book. Claire Danes gives a great performance but will not need to listen to this one again.

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    Amazon Customer 08-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wasted credit"

    Not sure what the point of this book is. If you feel like reading or listening to something boring, depressing, or poorly written this book is for you. Let's not forget to add that the ending sucks. It ends by saying this is a partial history we will never know what happened to this woman.

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    Karissa Eckert 08-20-17 Member Since 2017

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    "An interesting, if somewhat disturbing read."

    I’ve had this book on my TBR pile for quite awhile. I ended up enjoying it. The way things are revealed throughout is cleverly done. I also enjoyed the somewhat wandering story style that reflected the sheer boredom of Offred’s life.

    I listened to this on audiobook. Claire Danes did a fantastic job narrating this book and I would definitely recommend listening to on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks.

    This is one of those books that you don’t want to talk a lot about because a big part of the story is the slow reveal of the world, the past, and what’s happening presently. Offred bounces back and forth between her “old life” as a normal wife and mother, her current life as a Handmaid, and her near past life where she was in training to become a Handmaid. This makes the story a bit wandering but it fits with Offred’s struggle with complete boredom, which is even more challenging for her to deal with than some of the atrocities she undergoes.

    The whole book is an interesting look at how such a far fetched and oppressive type of society can form and stay in power. It also discusses human rights and the ability of people to adapt to almost any situation to survive.

    I would recommend for adult and older; there are some explicit sex scenes (although these aren’t described in a ton of detail) and torture (both emotional and physical) in here. I was impressed at how well this book stands the test of time. The writing style is very unique and beautiful if a bit ambiguous and wandering at times. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t more closure at the end. However I did enjoy the ending which is done from a different POV.

    Overall this was a unique and interesting read which I enjoyed. It’s an interesting look at the rise of a dystopian society and how deeply the residents of that society are affected. I would recommend to those interested in dystopian books and women’s rights. While I probably won’t read this again, I am glad that I read it.

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    "Interesting take on Sacred Feminine"

    Catholic beliefs versus The Sacred Feminine fascinating though that subject is, this is a accurate vision of what could happen in just a few years.

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    j 08-18-17
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    "this book is garbage"

    this was almost the worst book I've ever read, it took 4 times as long for me to finish it, cause I could only listen to it 20 minutes at a time, any longer than that and I would tone it out due to the misery it inflicts

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    John Tebbutt 08-18-17
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    ""1984"-lite"

    This story is interesting in that it takes a different slant on a post apocalyptic future in the USA. However most of its elements are familiar to us from Orwell's classic.
    The narrative is made tolerable and the book brought to life by Clare Danes's outstanding performance. It is worth hearing for that alone.

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    "Wow!"

    Clare Danes does a fantastic job! This story is scary, because you can see it really coming true. I couldn't put it down.

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    LeeAnn King 08-18-17
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    "sad, scary, scandalous all at once"

    The book was great overall. I did not care for the open ended conclusion. narrator needed more emotion in her voice.

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    CBlue 08-17-17
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    "like reading poetry"

    Atwood's prose is so lyrical and I'm glad I chose to listen to the book narrated by Claire Danes, one of my favorite actresses, because I think she read it in a way that I would not have. and it made it all the more interesting.
    Spoiler alert;
    I do wish there had been a more conclusive ending but I suppose it's like Gone with the Wind, and that we can make it whatever we want it to be.

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    "Absolutely mesmerizing! I couldn't stop listening."

    A fabulous story, and Claire Danes could not have been a better narrator for it!

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