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The Handmaid's Tale Audiobook

The Handmaid's Tale

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Publisher's Summary

In a remarkably prescient account of a dystopian society, this is Margaret Atwood's chilling tale of one woman's experience of an oppressive regime and the claustrophobic niche it insists she occupy.

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....

©2011 Margaret Atwood (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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    Caitriona Canterbury, United Kingdom 24/12/2012
    Caitriona Canterbury, United Kingdom 24/12/2012 Member Since 2015
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    "A great book to listen to :)"

    Honestly this has been the best novel I've listened to so far on audible. I know some others have found the narrator didn't fit, and I must admit that I myself had to get used to her voice. But overall she narrated it beautifully. The storyline itself is very interesting and well-written. However, it does sometimes get confusing, as it jumps into flashbacks and flashforwards and becomes a bit difficult to keep track.

    This is an excellent book and I can see myself listening to it again in the near future.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    F Gibb Dumfries 27/06/2015
    F Gibb Dumfries 27/06/2015 Member Since 2013

    I used to be sorta blind. But now I can sorta see. (Bill Callahan)

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    "Expertly written distopian fantasy... Or is it?"

    It IS expertly written. Beautifully crafted, as if each word has been considered carefully, then checked for size, sound, cadence, and context, before being painstakingly positioned onto the page. Yet it has a lightness and freshness that such elegantly written pieces often lack. It has passages as lush and luxuriant as a bath full of feathers; and others that cut into you like a dagger.It truly is a masterpiece.
    And it IS dystopian. My God it's dystopian! It is hard to digest some of the images that the book conjures, such is the disgust, revulsion, empathy, pathos, helplessness and complete hopelessness that it instills. The amazing storytelling of Margaret Atwood, make you feel that you are there. This book will be alive in my consciousness for as long as I live. I have been rocked to the core by it.

    So why the "Or is it?"?

    Well, without giving the game away, I felt as if I was being transported to a caricature of the 'now' world of ISIS/IS, or the extremes of Taliban Afghanistan. This did feel like dystopian fantasy, but with the caveat that it is a dystopia that is not far off what is happening to some people in our world now. That it captures our world of the 21st century, when it was written in 1985 shows the genius that Margaret Atwood is.

    Brilliantly read too!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Raison BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom 10/11/2013
    Raison BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom 10/11/2013 Member Since 2014
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    "A favourite"

    This was always one of my favorites from a young age. Listening to it was an absolute pleasure and took me back to the time when i first discovered this book.

    Margaret Atwood's vision of this male dominated society in which women are segmented into their different roles for 'the good of whole' draws you in and doesn't let you go until the very end.

    It hauntingly reflects attitudes that unfortunately exist in some cultures in our world today and makes you take a closer look at society in general.

    I know this is a book i will listen to over and over again.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    sora UK 01/03/2015
    sora UK 01/03/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Wrong narrator"

    Joanna David is excellent reading Jane Austen but she is just so wrong for the voice of the young Canadian woman at the heart of this wonderful, important novel. I just couldn't listen to it after a few chapters and had to buy an alternative reading by Claire Danes which is available on cd from Amazon. It's not perfect, but her voice does seem to match the central character who is also the narrator relating the story. I don't understand why that isn't available on Audible - it should be.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Oxford, United Kingdom 01/07/2013
    Julia Oxford, United Kingdom 01/07/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Completely absorbing"
    Would you listen to The Handmaid's Tale again? Why?

    This is such a good book and very well narrated too. I was completely absorbed in this tale and couldn't stop listening to it. Even though I listened to it a while back, I still find myself thinking about the story frequently. I especially loved the epilogue which is so ironic and added a whole new dimension. I probably wouldn't listen to the whole book again, but I'm certainly going to revisit some episodes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Whenever the protagonist thinks about her old, 'normal' life she thinks about her best friend. She's a completely different voice who puts the whole story in perspective.


    What about Joanna David’s performance did you like?

    It was very, very good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I certainly wanted to!


    Any additional comments?

    highly recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Artist England 27/08/2014
    Julie Artist England 27/08/2014 Member Since 2016
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    Would you try another book written by Margaret Atwood or narrated by Joanna David?

    Possibly, but would depend on the story


    Would you recommend The Handmaid's Tale to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't dissuade anyone from this book, it just did not really engage me and I often found I was drifting away from the story as it didn't hold my attention.


    What three words best describe Joanna David’s voice?

    Soft, clear, polished


    Could you see The Handmaid's Tale being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I have previously seen the film of the Handmaid's tale. I wasn't overly impressed with the film and thought it lacked depth, so this was my reason for listening to the book, to see if something was missing from the book to film.


    Any additional comments?

    I had previously read the other reviews of this book from other people and wanted to listen to the book because of these. However, I did not find I agreed with others and found the book slow, over descriptive and dull in places. The story is very clever and I do think will widely appeal to others, but I guess it just isn't one for me.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Claire 24/12/2012
    Claire 24/12/2012
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    "Brilliantly written and narrated"

    This has to be the most thought provoking book I have listened to on audible for a while. It is one of those books that you want to continue way beyond the unexpected but perfectly orchestrated ending.

    Margaret Atwood has the gift of engaging you in what at first seems an unreal scenario only to reveal as history has proved the possibility of this new society becoming a chilling reality.

    The storytelling is quite brilliant.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer London, UK 30/05/2017
    Amazon Customer London, UK 30/05/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "can't reconcile the old lady voice"

    a couple of chapters in, can't reconcile the old lady voice with young lead narrating in first person present tense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lydia 05/05/2017
    lydia 05/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story, would be easier on paper"

    The story was fascinating and the performance was very good, but it is a book that is more suited to being read then listened to.

    It is one of those books where you find your self stopping, whilst reading, to think about what they've just written, something which you don't give your self time for when listening. This means the book runs ahead of you while you are still mulling it over, and I had to rewind parts because I had been to focused on the last part.

    All in all I would recommend the story but would urge you to read a physical copy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    02/03/2017
    02/03/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "Great story and concept, poor choice for narrator"

    Fantastic story and highly relevant to current Us situation, but narrator is very flat. Also, they should ideally have a North American accent as the book is set in a dystopian New England, and is also full of colloquialisms that sound plain daft in the narrator's nice but frightfully English voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Earnest
    09/04/17
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    "Pit stop to hell."

    This story needs to be understood by all men and women without the interference of various "softening" or "dramatic license" or anything else. It is not perfect in either its form or content but it contains an imperative.
    Read this and understand what is at risk. Already. Again.
    Are we all to end up as footnotes in a sociological history conference in a galaxy far away? Without resistance?
    We were warned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
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    "Not for me.."

    This book was entertaining in parts, but slow and disjointed, and frustrating overall. Make sure you listen to a sample first, I really didn't enjoy it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    23/06/17
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    "Weak story"

    The whole way through this book I felt that the idea, setting and background had good potential but at the end of the book I was left waiting for the story to begin

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trish
    PRAHRAN, Australia
    24/09/15
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    "A must read"

    This book, gripping and chilling, grabs you from an apocalyptic future and propels you through an intense narrative about a world where religion has become the cruel, sinister dictator we all secretly fear that it could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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