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The Handmaid's Tale

Lu par : Claire Danes
Série : The Handmaid's Tale, Volume 1
Durée : 11 h et 1 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 notations)

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Description

Audie Award, Fiction, 2013

Margaret Atwood's popular dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale explores a broad range of issues relating to power, gender, and religious politics. Multiple Golden Globe award-winner Claire Danes (Romeo and Juliet, The Hours) gives a stirring performance of this classic in speculative fiction, one of the most powerful and widely read novels of our time. 

After a staged terrorist attack kills the President and most of Congress, the government is deposed and taken over by the oppressive and all-controlling Republic of Gilead. Offred, now a Handmaid serving in the 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 even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules in hopes of ending this oppression. 

Cover Art by Fred Marcellino. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc. 

©1985 Margaret Atwood (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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“Claire Danes sparkles in this performance…Danes’s Offred is complex, and her flashes of intense strength highlight her vulnerability. This is a consuming listen, thanks to Danes’s emotional subtleties.” (AudioFile)

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Lenghy

I was quite impatient to hear this story I've heard much good about. The story unfolds irregularily, but is understandable. The idea of the story is interesting but then ... it just goes on and on and on! Maybe that is consistent with the waiting in the story, but I found it repetitive and boring. The insights and thoughts of the narrator often felt shallow to me, and the very "young-American" accent of the reader goes with that. So I would have given just 1 star were it not for the quite surprising ending which I found really good!

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Brilliant !

I loved it all: the story, the style with the critical inner voice of the narrator, the way we discover this new world piece by piece.
Claire Danes is an excellent reader, really.

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  • Em
  • 30/11/2012

My Top Pick for 2012

Full disclosure: The Handmaid's Tale is my favorite book. It is my number one all-time pick among books, having topped my list since I first read it five years ago. So perhaps I came to this audiobook somewhat biased, but in a sense I think my love of the work set me up to be a harsher critic of the audio production. But listening to it served as a total reminder of why it is so incredible.

Last month, when we ran a little editorial feature about the books we were grateful for, I wrote about The Handmaid's Tale. It makes me grateful for a lot of reasons: I'm grateful to live in this society, in this time period. I'm grateful that my daughter won't know the kind of oppression so wrenchingly depicted by Margaret Atwood (who is for the record a total genius). And I'm grateful for how totally humbling this book is. No other work of literature is such a complete reminder that we are all just fragments, or moments in time, and we're all destined to become - if we're so lucky - mere historical footnotes. The framed narrative Atwood uses (and I won't elaborate so as not to spoil) really drives this point home.

I was worried that no narrator could live up to my expectations given my belief in the importance of this book. But Claire Danes is just vivid. She doesn't act, and she doesn't need to. She recounts. She breathes out the tale as if she is living it. Resigned, beaten down, traveling through hell by putting one step ahead of the other. I was utterly convinced by her performance and have not been able to shut up about it since. Everyone on my team is going to listen to this before I'm through, and I hope everyone who reads this review will too!

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  • Heather
  • 22/08/2012

A heartwrenching story read absolutely brilliantly

This book is a speculative fiction classic. The rise of the Gilead society seems all too plausible in today's political climate, and Offred's story is painful in its intensity.

I often find myself disappointed by the narrators of audiobooks, but not so with this one. Claire Danes does an incredible job reading, listening to her is like being inside Offred's head, and she manages to inject pathos into the story without ever distracting the listener from the true star: the words.

Readings this good of stories this potent are the reason audiobooks exist. If I could give it ten stars I would.

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  • Mel
  • 06/09/2012

Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling

Because this has been re-released as an *Audible A-List Collection,* a selection chosen by Clare Danes for narration, I'll begin with the narration. This is one of the rare cases where a straight reading, sans the voice characterizations and the nuances one would think an actor would use, earns top scores from me. Ms. Danes reads the story with strength and conviction, wisely chosing to let the words of an outstanding poet/author give voice to the characters in this cautionary tale. The feel of this book is dark and dispassionate, a story about a violent new world where feelings and thoughts are prohibited, yet it is at the same time visceral, strong with emotion, because of Atwood's writing skills, her ironic wit, and superb story-telling abilities -- matched perfectly with Danes' talents.

I was introduced to this book in college. 1985, a women's rights to her body (i.e. abortion) was a hot topic, feminism was getting its first *report card,* and The Handmaid's Tale was either being showered with awards and praise, or being pulled from library shelves and crossed off reading lists -- a scene straight out of Farenheit 451, another *dystopian* novel where we see that repression of any kind has a price. (Atwood didn't think her work was sci-fi and argued that this was not science fiction, but rather speculative fiction.) In '85 I thought this was chilling and very futuristic.

Dystopian? Future? Speculative? ... The world is struggling from the effects (or more accurately the consequences of) of pollution, chemicals, GMO's, and radiation; our government has been extinguished, world-wide war rages, religious conflicts a large part of the cause; disease and sterility are prevalent, conception and healthy live births atypical; many species have vanished, food is scarce and rationed along with water. The Republic of Gilead (a country established within the borders of the former USA) is a violent male dominated theocracy where women have no power, young women are owned for breeding purposes, sex is a disturbing biblical ritual, the Eyes watch constantly for heretics and dissenters (routinely put to death and openly displayed). ...*Dystopian* along the lines of Clockwork Orange,1984, (Stepford Wives?), but more like good *speculation* now in 2012, where burkas, honor killings, or young girls being married off to old coots in polygamist sects are weekly headlines.

The ending of this book is troublesome for those that want a destination, or a wrap-up, as it leaves the reader unsure--left to decide between hope and complete despair. Atwood is a master at interrogating society and having the reader then try to explain it. Definitely one you will think about. Ageless and still chilling in 2012; a wonderfully distrubing tale made even better by Danes' insightful dead-on interpretation. (Fantastic to have this as a selection--great choice Audible.)

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  • Tricia
  • 10/09/2012

Not Your Tween’s Dystopia

There are some books that you can go back to multiple times, and continue to get something new out of with each read, or listen. The Handmaid's Tale certainly falls into this category. The impact of the story changes in contrast to the current cultural and political climate but it remains current. The fact that the world Atwood creates is far closer to “reality” makes this story that much more disturbing than the many popular and more fantastical dystopias currently targeted to the Young Adult audience.

For me, it’s been years since I first read The Handmaid’s Tale and listening to Claire Danes narrate was the perfect way to re-visit the story. She captures the almost somber mood perfectly. Clearly, she has a love of the book along with the talent to provide a killer performance. If you are looking to experience, or re-experience, a classic modern day “dystopia” as envisioned by a truly unique author, listening to this new rendition is your perfect opportunity.

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  • Lesley
  • 02/12/2012

If I could give the narrator more than 5 stars...

This was my first Audible "A-list" title, and I was not disappointed. Claire Danes was the perfect choice for this book.

What used to be the United States is now Gilead, a monotheistic regime where women are protected from "too much choice." Like our real-world foremothers of a few hundred years ago, the women of Gilead cannot earn money, own property, or vote. They have few lifestyle options: governess, domestic, prostitute, mother. Females with "viable ovaries" are drafted as "Handmaids," surrogate mothers for sterile women of the elite class.

For Offred, the Handmaid of the title, life is a chorus of "not allowed." No reading, for women may not read. No fraternization, no conversation, no acknowledgement, no unauthorized possessions like hand lotion. Only fear and loneliness remain as Offred spends her days in a grim little room from which anything she could use to kill herself has been removed.

Through it all she's starving for human interaction, yet terrified that she'll look in the wrong direction, say a wrong word, and be transferred to the ominous Colonies with the other "UnWomen." Claire Danes reads matter-of-factly, her emotions understated as if she really is Offred, who must hide all longing and pain to stay alive.

While there are plenty of great narrators to choose from among Audible titles, it's very infrequent that the performance makes the book this much better. The story is as chilling as it was when the book was published, but Danes' reading brings out the suffering, the confusion, the "how-did-I-get-to-this-awful-place" feelings in a way that didn't come out of the printed text.

This definitely goes on the A-list. Recommended for any woman, any mother, anyone at all.

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  • Abstractchick
  • 21/12/2012

A Surprie of a story

This was on my 100 books to read in my lifetime and I didn't know what to expect with the story. It is an interesting tale about an alternate society. I was surprised how good the book was, but the reading was wonderful. Claire Danes did an exceptional narration and it is one I would listen to again.

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  • Meredith A. Crain
  • 25/09/2012

Amazing

Would you consider the audio edition of The Handmaid's Tale to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version of this book, but Clare Danes's interpretation captivated me on so many levels. In her hands, I enjoyed this book probably more than I would have had I read it myself. I would absolutely recommend this audio book to fans of the print book.

What other book might you compare The Handmaid's Tale to and why?

I hesitate to say this, but I would compare it to the Hunger Games. The writing is far better in this book and it's a different style altogether, but the dark tone is the same, and the premises for both books is similar. I would say this book would suit those who might want a more literary version of The Hunger Games.

What does Claire Danes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It was so interesting to listen to the story as if Clare Danes was speaking to me as Offred. I believed her so much, it was almost creepy! I'm also finding it's hard to move on to other audio books because Clare Danes was such an exceptional narrator.

If you could take any character from The Handmaid's Tale out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would take Offred. I want to know what happened to her.

Any additional comments?

I can't stop thinking about this book, and I've actually started listening to it for a second time. It's one of those stories that stays with you.

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  • Katherine
  • 31/12/2012

Government Control through fear...it could happen!

This book was both amazing and completely horrifying to me! As a woman, mother, wife and daughter I could really relate with the main character Offred (the Handmaid). This book was a real game-changer for me. I will never look at the world again with the same eyes. This is an absolute literary masterpiece and I am so glad it was available on Audible. This is a MUST READ for everyone!
Claire Danes is magnificent as the narrator. I can't envision anyone else doing it. Just superb!

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  • Sue
  • 07/04/2013

Freedom to or Freedom from...

That is one of the most thought provoking parts of the novel for me. When people throw the word freedom around, which is it in their mind?, freedom to or freedom from. For this to be written in the late 80's and be so scary today is amazing. I think this is a great book club book and can't wait to talk to others about it.

The narration was outstanding. Again this is a book that I am so glad to have listened to. It added so much more to the story.

This was the last of all the nominees that I listened to for best fiction for the Audies. In my mind it should be the winner!!

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  • Grant
  • 29/05/2013

Heart-wrenchingly good

The story and writing are impeccable. But I was even more impressed by Claire Danes' interpretation.

There is a point in Danes' performance in which the main character is sharing a cigarette with a friend where Danes laughs and blows imaginary smoke out of the side of her mouth. This simple but attentive improvisational detail underscores the genius of her craft and the commitment she has to the material. A spectacular bit of work that would be degraded by calling it a reading.

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  • BikerJoe
  • 11/01/2017

A Haunting Tale, a Dystopic Nightmare

This is an incredible book, a haunting but beautifully written novel, timeless in its message. I was gripped by the narrative and could not stop to listen to the mesmerizing voice of Claire Danes. She gave the tale authenticity and she made the handmaid become alive.

The artful prose is deceptive at times, but it is a terrifying story. It is the description of a dystopic world, where women are stripped of all rights and turned into mere reproduction devices or will-less slaves. This seems to be absurd at first, but remember, how long it took western societies to grant women the right to vote. I even remember a time, when women needed the permit of their husbands to take a job. Even more to the point, look at what religious zealots do to women and yes, this is not limited to Moslem societies only.

The handmaid’s tale is the diary of Offred, a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a monotheistic tyranny run by fanatics and bigots. Gilead is in the North of the former USA, a country crippled by nuclear and chemical waste. In this society women don’t have any rights or liberty and they are constantly and closely watched. They are divided into several groups: Childless and barren wives, housekeepers (Marthas) and the reproductive handmaids. The handmaids are forced to have intercourse with members of the ruling class to create the necessary offspring, but they have to hand over the newborn shortly after birth. Women and girls not falling into any of these categories and especially the older women are sent to the colonies to clean up nuclear and chemical waste.

It is a grim world, but in spite of all the gloom and terror, courage, friendship and compassion cannot be eradicated so easily. There is hope and beauty in the tale, but most of all, this story is an admonition to protect, what makes us human.

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  • Shana Shinigami
  • 25/09/2015

Verstörung und Sprachgenuss

A wonderful book. Written precisely in a beautiful, suggestive and subtle style.
I really enjoyed the story, the characters, the pictures it created in my head.

The story itself is difficult to swallow. Though I thoroughly enjoyed this dystopia which was so different from any other I have read so far I had problems with the basic premise. The way the male characters act in this new society which gives them the utmost power over women (though in a strange way again not) and how quickly they felt comfortable with it when it happened didn't quite feel real and authentic to me. But then again after finishing The Handmaids Tale I had a huge discussion with an older friend about it who again finds it very realistic, so maybe I'm just too young and naive to see the true nature of men…? (That's what he suggested anyway, I just stick to my opinion that men are not all evil and if presented with the opportunity would take back full control by suppressing women. Though you do see some uncomfortable parallels with the stories we hear every day from the middle east...)

In any case, the way the protagonist and the female characters were written was fantastic and very authentic. You see the story through the protagonists eyes and Margaret Atwood manages to make it very real for you to live in and struggle with our main character.
I absolutely recommend this book to everyone out there who has a taste for dystopian books - but also can take such stories with a pinch of salt.

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  • Nils B.
  • 27/01/2017

Erschreckend aktuell

Welchen drei Worte würden für Sie The Handmaid's Tale treffend charakterisieren?

Schockierend. Realistisch. Kritisch.

Was mochten Sie an der Handlung am liebsten?

Es las sich eher wie Memoiren und nicht wie Fiktion.

Welche Figur hat Claire Danes Ihrer Meinung nach am besten interpretiert?

Alle.

Gab es im Hörbuch einen Moment, der Sie ganz besonders berührt hat?

Der Epilog.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Es handelt sich um Spekulative-Fiction und nicht Science-Fiction. Es kommt einem stellenweise vor, als wären diese Dinge wirklich passiert (u.a. ist vieles von wahren Gegebenheiten inspiriert).

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  • Chrissie PJ Sorenson
  • 09/01/2018

Riveting

loved the story! took me a moment to understand when the last chapter took place. So interesting to listen to. I am satisfied by knowing the far future after the Handmaide's Tale.