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The Handmaid's Tale Audiobook

The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

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Publisher's Summary

"Are there any questions?" The final line in Margaret Atwood's modern classic, The Handmaid's Tale, has teased and perplexed fans since the book's original release more than 30 years ago. Now, in this Audible Original production, listeners get some of the answers they've waited so long to hear.

Featuring an all-new interview with Professor Piexoto, written by Atwood and performed by a full cast, The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition is a must-listen for both fans and newcomers alike. Emmy Award winner Claire Danes (Homeland, Temple Grandin) gives a stirring performance of this classic in speculative fiction, where the message (and the warning) is now more timely than ever. In addition to rich sound design that honors the audio origins of Atwood's classic, the special edition also includes a brand-new afterword from the author and an essay written by author Valerie Martin (Mary Reilly, Property).

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless 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 everything, even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life for mere glimpses of her former freedom, and records her story for future listeners.

Whether you're a fan of the original novel or someone who has recently discovered it, The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition will shock, impress, and satisfy all those who listen.

©1985 O.W. Toad, Ltd. First American Edition 1986. Published by special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    HaleyDRS 05-14-17
    HaleyDRS 05-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    Claire Danes is a great narrator. I really enjoyed listening to her.
    What in earth is with the music between chapters? It was terrible and takes you out of the story.

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    Lorene Shyba 04-26-17
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    "Silly scratchy musical transitions"

    Wonderful story with excellent narrative performance. That said, what is with the ridiculous scratchy music transitions at the beginning of section chapters? The sounds bear no reference to the plot and are irrelevant. The sound engineers didn't give any breathing time between these scrunch scratches and the narrative either making the production appear amateur.

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    Julie 09-17-17
    Julie 09-17-17
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    "Loved it, but one thing irked me"

    Clair Danes is a master narrator. I was drawn in to the story. Made to believe I could actually be hearing a firsthand account.

    The one thing that bothered me was the chapter Intros. The solemn reading of the chapter number often followed by the audible click of a cassette player to play a brief clip of music, and another click to stop the music. It feels jarring. Unpolished without being purposeful. Rather than feeling jarred in the sense of "This is breifly putting the listener back into the time frame this fictional woman lived and lost", it feels like something you'd do as an angsty teen to try and add weight to a self-recorded oration of poems you'd written, without trying to edit the music in after like you would for a mix tape. Your friend is in on it. She reads the titles of each poem and runs the other cassette player. It's the kind of "serious" thing you get REALLY into at the time, but when you and your friend listen to it again as adults, it's just painfully funny.

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    Dan 09-11-17
    Dan 09-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "exceptional"

    you can't beat Margaret she is a Canadian icon and will go down hopefully not for a long time as one of the greatest authors of our time

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    TaylorAlma 08-21-17
    TaylorAlma 08-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing read."

    Absolutely love the way this story was written, although I don't feel satisfied with the abrupt ending of offred's story.

    I don't know why there are so many reviews asking about why there is music throughout, it is a vital part of the story when you get to the ending. Definitely recommend!

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    Adele 08-07-17
    Adele 08-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "excellent narration captivating story."

    This distopian story is dramatic and intense but not implausable. Margaret draws a character that I didn't always like, but I was always rooting for.

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    Justin South West Ontario 07-22-17
    Justin South West Ontario 07-22-17
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    "Boring Story"

    Not much happens in the story but the insight in the epilogue are worth listening to at least independently.

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    Anna Mexico 07-18-17
    Anna Mexico 07-18-17
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    "Loved it!"

    This was my first time diving into The Handmaid's Tale and I loved it. Claire Danes performance is amazing and really takes you through this interesting, complicated and at times frightening story. I didn't mind the music in between the sections and the "lecture" at the end was really well done. I would recommend this to anyone.

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    Sylvie Gagne 06-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Extraordinary"

    I've heard the title but had yet to read the book. Audible made it possible. I am speechless, and worried.

    Could this happen? It felt so real.

    Clare Danes did justice to this story. I hope to listen to other audio books narrated by her.

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    Mylène Chouinard 05-31-17
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    "Yay for this special edition!"

    Claire Danes' interpretation is flawless... I loved the afterword by Atwood in that special edition!

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