The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Audiobook CD - 2014
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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, [2014],
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ©1986
ISBN: 9781480559820
Branch Call Number: TALK ATWOOD CD
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (approximately 11 hr., 6 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
audio file,CD audio
Additional Contributors: Danes, Claire 1979-
Charzuk, Mike


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Jul 08, 2019

Is this the fantastic dystopian novel it is purported to be? Not to me, not in 100 years. Its premises are silly. As silly as those of another supposedly great novel, this one from the right wing, Ayn Rand's "Atlas shrugged".
Besides, I found it boring and repetitive. And certainly not because of the reading, which is indeed very good. And since its writing in the early 1980's, women's condition has gone exactly in the opposite direction from Atwood's "premonition".
Obviously, the futurology capacities of Margaret Atwood are not those of, say Arthur Clarke: she even ends the novel with a 22nd century academic conference on the text of the Handmaid's Tale, assuming that those types of supposedly intellectual exchanges, the sick extrusion of the <publish or perish> world of the hollowed minds of academia invented in the second half of the 20th century will survive two centuries...

Jan 26, 2019

The book is written in a stream of consciousness style. In both the book and on CDs, it took me a few chapters to acclimate to the writing style. I thoroughly enjoyed Claire Danes' narration,though! Unrelated to the story, if you enjoyed the series "Homeland", you'll recognize the inward musings style of Carrie Mathison.

Aug 29, 2017

I enjoyed this very much! I would definitely recommend this to others. A little slow going at first but then picks up speed.

Apr 22, 2017

I read this book ages ago & had been waiting for audio, which is well-read by Danes. However, I was disappointed with either the writing or a faulty memory. The story line is typical of Atwood & not terribly far-fetched as futuristic, for how could we ever have imagined so many events that have come to be?

My problem was how the audio jumped about compared to the printed page, leaving me a bit confused & always trying to catch up. The timely reading of Time magazine April 24 week interview with Atwood & Moss who portrays the main character for an upcoming film certainly helps clarify intent. At the same time I'm reading Shirley Jackson: A Haunted Life & find the last few chapters of her life truly fitting in with the place women have in our American society. The old saying, 'keep 'em barefoot and pregnant' is alive & well today.

Sorry to sound so pessimistic, but the role of women has another one hundred years to evolve before I'd be satisfied. Just look back 100 years ago - women did not have a vote; had little control over their body and still don't to great extent; are not truly equal on so many levels; often are scoffed at, belittled, bullied. How little has truly changed. Just 10 years ago it was a major event for a woman to walk onto a car lot, test drive, say I want this car - without a salesman saying 'what does your husband think of this car?' Unless a woman is able to peel off a wad of bills, hand over the cash we are still treated with the appraising eye. I am not a feminist, besides, as Atwood asks, what is one? Grumble.

TSCPL_Miranda May 05, 2016

Claire Danes is a fantastic narrator!

Nov 10, 2014

Fantastic narration of a fantastic story.


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