The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaid's Tale 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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  • Book 1

    • The Handmaid's Tale

    • Special Edition
    • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
    • Narrated by: Claire Danes, Ray Porter, Margaret Atwood, and others
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing read.

    • By TaylorAlma on 08-21-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

    • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
    • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24,856
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,859
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,792

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

    • By ambER on 04-20-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Handmaid's Tale

    • By: Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated by: Claire Danes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow

    • By Jeff de la Tours on 05-26-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Handmaid's Tale

    • By: Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated by: Claire Danes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31,307
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28,462
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28,455

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My Top Pick for 2012

    • By Em on 11-30-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Handmaid's Tale

    • By: Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated by: Joanna David
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 250
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 250

    The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb

    • By Peter on 08-10-17

    Regular price: $23.44

  • Book 2

    • The Testaments

    • A Novel
    • By: Margaret Atwood
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, fans had no way of telling what lay ahead for her - freedom, prison, or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. 

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Testaments

    • A Novel
    • By: Margaret Atwood
    • Length: Not Yet Known
    • Unabridged
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    When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, fans had no way of telling what lay ahead. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

    Regular price: $36.40