The Handmaid's Tale Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Shortlisted for Audiobook of the Year at the British Book Awards 2020.
Winner of Best Audiobook (Fiction) at the New York Festival Radio Awards 2020.
Read by Elisabeth Moss, star of the hit Channel 4 TV series.
Go back to where it all began with the dystopian novel behind the award-winning TV series.
I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.
Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford - her assigned name, Offred, means 'of Fred'. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.
Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 22 minutes|
|Narrator||Elisabeth Moss, Bradley Whitford, Amy Landecker, Ann Dowd|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||30 April 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 235 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Dystopian Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
4 in Dystopian Fiction
9 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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This dystopia destroys individuality and freedom to achieve the perfect society. 'The Handmaid's Tale' takes place in the Republic of Gilead, where there is a caste system and strict rules to keep the community in order and to save the population by having complete control over reproduction.
The heroine, Offred, is now a Handmaid. She has borne a child, so since she is known to be fertile she is placed with a family who have been unable to conceive their own child. Any child she bears now will stay with Fred and his wife, while Offred will move to a new family (and receive a new name, since Handmaids are named for the head of the household where they live). "Humanity is so adaptable, my mother would say. Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations." - Offred
The Handmaid's Tale is like the best science fiction, themes in the book expose larger social commentary, holding our own society up to a confronting mirror.
It is chilling. Atwood is an excellent writer, and the subject is profound. If you haven't read this book, I urge you to. I will now watch the series...
Any book or story in any form that has you gnawing on every detail, desperate for more is a great thing. The only thing that could have been better was more!
Offred was the kind of unreliable narrator that I love to read. Atwood gave her and the overarching story a great mix between keeping the various scenes moving and cutting all over the place too much. I also liked the easily digestible chapter lengths; it's a real 'just one more chapter' read.
The universe was well-realised, and bolstered more at the end. I'd like to hear more about this time in Gilead. While I think the book was about right in length, I'd happily trade some of the slower set-up of the world for some more exposition.
While a lot of reviews have commented on the inconsistency in inverted commas, I didn't find it very distracting; rather it encouraged me to read passages multiple times to catch the rhythm Atwood set. It made the reading far more interesting and a part of the story in itself with some ludicrously tiny sentences.
A splendid read! It took a while to get moving which removes one star, but it was still easy to stick with because every page posed more questions to be answered.
"Love ", I said.
Yes, because if you're a middle class liberal, love is all you need. Societies stand or fall on love, not economics.
Here's a tip: no society ever fell because of love or lack of it. No rebellion ever happened because of morality or lack of it. It's always about economics. It's always too many immiserated with too little material means who can't take it anymore. Always. Don't take my word for it, have a look at history.
Only liberals believe the power of an individual's romantic/maternal love can move mountains or bring them down.
The only thing prescient about this book is its middle class liberal myopia.
It was also written in a style I was unused to. As it was almost entirely an inner dialogue, it was difficult to follow who said what when the narrator was reflecting on conversations and actions.
I haven't watched the TV show and I'm not sure I want to although it may be one of those rare occasions when the book is not as good as the film.
I then watched the Mini Series knowing that Ms Atwood has assisted with the screen play. It presented a more modern version of Gilead that differed from this book in some ways.
I thoroughly recommend that after reading this book, you buy the sequel, The Testaments.