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The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

Série : The Handmaid's Tale, Volume 1
Durée : 12 h et 6 min
4,7 out of 5 stars (86 notations)

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"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.

The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition features performances by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, Emily Bauer, Allyson Johnson, Gabra Zackman, Suzanne Toren, Tim Gerard Reynolds, Jennifer Van Dyck, Ray Porter, Emily Cox, Lauren Fortgang, Dan Reiss, Prentice Onayemi, Therese Plummer, and Mark Boyett.

©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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"Thanks to Audible, you can now pick up a new Special Edition of The Handmaid's Tale to get caught up to speed on the story of Offred, brought to life in this audiobook version by none other than Claire Danes. (Suddenly our heads are spinning with crossover potential.) Aside from the impressive voice acting alone, this audio update also contains new scenes that actually extend the story beyond the original last line of the novel." (Nerdist)

"This highly pertinent, ingeniously conceived production deepens the original work and even surpasses it." (The Washington Post)

"Danes has a calm, still voice that perfectly suits the protagonist.... So what is 'special' and new about this edition? Most of it has to do with material at the end of the book. Previous readers of the book will know that there is an afterword set centuries after the events told in the rest of the novel; it takes the form of an academic lecture that describes finding Offred's story. She never wrote it down; rather, she recorded it over a bunch of music cassette tapes. This edition actually begins each section of the novel with the sound of a 'record' button being pressed and a snatch of music referred to in the epilogue. In a sense, this makes listening to the audiobook a more authentic experience than reading it.... While the Hulu show has its points, what it lacks is the sheer poetry of Atwood's writing, which is profoundly and gorgeously highlighted by the experience of listening to the novel. Absolutely recommended." (Locus magazine)

"The actor Claire Danes voices the narrator, Offred (the book’s second section, given over to the perspectives of other handmaids, is read by a full cast), with an appropriately theatrical gravitas, her voice so dramatic at points that it trembles. She has called the book 'so poetic I think the words are really served by being spoken out loud.'” (The New York Times Book Review)

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Une réussite !

Ecouteriez-vous à nouveau ce titre ? Pourquoi ?

Ce roman écrit sous forme narrative à la première personne ne pouvait que fonctionner en format audio. Et Claire Danes réussit à la perfection à retransmettre les paroles, les émotions et les craintes d'Offred le personnage principal. Son témoignage, sous forme de cassettes audio, devient réel avec le bruit des cassettes que l'on met en marche ou qu'on rembobine. Excellent !

Avec quel autre livre pouvez-vous comparer The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition ? Expliquez pourquoi.

L'auteur explique à la fin qu'elle a pensé à tous ces témoins anonymes de l'Histoire et elle voulait qu'Offred en soit une, d'ailleurs elle ne révèle jamais son véritable nom. L'histoire d'Anne Frank - un journal intime écrit à une époque dangereuse.

Qu'est-ce qu'a pu apporter le narrateur de plus à l'histoire par rapport à si vous aviez lu le livre ?

Le son, celui des cassettes, et la voix de Claire Danes, qui nous aide à être dans "sa tête" avec elle.

Auriez-vous pu écouter ce livre audio en une seule fois ?

Non, il dure plus de 12 heures !

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A masterpiece

I already love the book, but this edition is the best. Claire Danes has done a wonderful job and is truly a pleasure to listen to. A must have!

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Un aperçu vivide d'une distopie redoutable

Quelle histoire mais surtout quel style ! Un classique à interpreter par vous même !

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Brilliant!

Claire Danes performance is outstanding. Margaret Atwood literary genius overwhelming. Just brilliant. A must read/listen.

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Parfait !

L’intrigue est très prenante et parfaite à écouter, certaines « mises en scène » sont vraiment très adaptées à ce format. Claire Danes est fantastique. La dernière partie (un essai de Valerie Martin lu par elle-même) est moins intéressante mais peut-être sautée sans problème.

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Good book

I liked this audio book very much. The style is very different. I enjoyed the story which is very creative and scary. Truth be told I did not like the ending, which I did not really understand. Nevertheless, worth reading.

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Excellent!

Vraiment un superbe livre et écoute interprété par Claire Dames! un livre toujours très actuel.

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Great book, excellent performance!

Great book and excellent performance, Clare Danes is perfect. Atwood's work is brilliant. Highly recommended!

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  • ambER
  • 20/04/2017

WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

What made the experience of listening to The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition the most enjoyable?

Claire Danes' Narration

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition?

LISTEN: I thought this was going to be the entire novel narrated by the full cast. Claire Danes and Tim Gerard Reynolds?! YES PLEASE.

BUT NO.

This is simply Claire Danes narrating the entire novel (wonderful job though) so if you already have a copy of the handmaiden's tale narrated by her DONT GET THIS ONE BECAUSE THE OTHER NARRATORS JUST READ THE EXTRAS TACKED ON AT THE END.

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  • Gillian
  • 05/04/2017

Wait! It Mightn't Be What You Think--

I already have the original version of "The Handmaid's Tale" narrated by Claire Danes, and it's fabulous. But when I saw this Special Edition with the "full cast" tag, I thought it was going to be done by Danes as the Handmaid, and a full cast for everyone else. Uh--no... It's the exact same thing, so if you've already used a credit, you might want to think about whether to purchase this or not. It does, after all have the full cast for the Symposium, and the bit with Margaret Atwood, and a brief essay which don't take up too much time exactly. IF, however, you've never listened to this--PLEASE DO! I think it's Atwood's finest, filled with rich prose, unbeatable language, and Danes is a great narrator. It is indeed important for our times as all that happens in the book is based on The President's Day Massacre--therefore, we give up rights we hold dear all in the name of fear, security. In this time when women's health is taking a beating, it's wonderful speculative fiction. It's simply the day-to-day, night-to-night, existence of one woman trapped in a new society, forced to give up, to only remember with utter agony, the life and loved ones she was torn away from. It's what she has to do to survive, where Scrabble is kinky and ungodly. Though I was disappointed that there wasn't a full cast for the book, it was really, really great to listen to this again. You wind up wishing for so much for this Handmaid, least of all: that one day she can again be important enough to at least own her own name... For more reviews, of all genres, check out AudiobookAccomplice

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  • Creek girl
  • 18/08/2017

Torture

This was the most boring book I have ever read. The author's descriptions are so tedious.

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  • Michael - Audible Editor
  • 01/09/2017

Powerful Message Wrapped in Adept Characterization

This book's current position in the cultural zeitgeist may persuade first-time listeners to interpret it purely on its political message. While that message is strong, warranted, and supremely well-crafted by Atwood, I think to focus purely on what this story "means" is to miss one of the best characterizations of modern times.

Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic literature is, for whatever reason, increasingly popular these days. I think it offers authors the chance to really push their characters to the edge of human endurance in the search of the common truths that outline our nature and behavior. The danger is though, in my opinion, that the situation is too abstract or unreasonable or unredeemable to be realistic or to really matter.

That's what makes The Handmaid's Tale so valuable. Atwood has maintained a explicit, palpable tension in this book that tosses you between all sorts of emotions you'd rather not admit. Outrage? Acceptance? Bartering? Denial? It's all here, and more. The environment is never so physically dangerous that it is physically untenable, but a very real mental anguish and psychological consequence weigh down every minute of this harrowing story. We are following someone through a gauntlet of psychic torture, brought about simply by perverted social attitudes.

I don't know much about Claire Danes--my knowledge of pop culture is nothing to write home about--but it is either her innate talent as an actor or the nature of this story that lends itself perfectly to verbal performance that allows her to add such visceral emotion and tenor to her voice. It is calm, deliberate, and absolutely raw.

Of all the books I've listened to, which is numerous but not much compared to a lot of people I'm sure, it is only Claire Danes performing The Handmaid's Tale that can make a wavering soft voice--a whisper--resonate as strongly as a woman screaming at the top of her lungs for her dear life.

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  • Clarence
  • 23/08/2017

Why. Just, Why.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing could have made this a 4 or 5 star rating. I wanted to listen to this book before watching the HULU series. I was actually interested in the story line before i started hearing it. Its gruelingly descriptive about things that really dont matter all that much, and leaves me wanting to know more about aspects of the society and past of the society that never get told. By the point in the book where it maybe gets interesting for others, I was so put off that i was no longer interested in the story and wanting to listen to anything else but more boring useless descriptions of things I just didn't care about any more.

Would you ever listen to anything by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin - essay again?

No. the style of writing in my opinion is childish and awful. Boring and long winded.

What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

Flat. dry. uninteresting.

Any additional comments?

I hope i can find a good audiobook. Im feeling a bit traumatized after that not to mention the wasted credit. I have never reviewed an audiobook and felt compelled to say just how bad this is. I figure there are an awful lot of people being told its good...so it is to them.

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  • Brian
  • 13/05/2017

An enjoyable dystopian with a lot of truth

With the release of the series on Hulu that was based on this book, I decided to give the book a listen before watching any of the episodes. I told my wife to start it without me in case I didn't like the book or couldn't get through it.

I did have a hard time in the beginning of The Handmaid's Tale. Atwood's writing style is the epitome of the books teenagers are "forced" to read in high school that makes them feel like they don't enjoy reading. It was choppy and incredibly descriptive. For every description of something that Offred saw there were up to 5 lines about it in the book.

Honestly, that is the reason that I gave this a 4 out of 5. The story is awesome, and being written as long ago as I'm alive -- a lot of the main pillars of it are easily seen as coming true sooner rather than later. I believe that Atwood wrote this as an enigmatic "future" tale, not putting a date on it to age it. And it was written well enough that Hulu decided that they wanted to make a series out of it.

Offred was one of those characters that you both feel bad for and not. I think she was written this way so that you both feel pity for her and a little bit apathetic. By far I would not wish what Offred had to go through on anyone but at the same time, the way her character was written made it more or less blasé.

The dystopian future that Atwood created was easily what kept me reading this. It was interesting and deep. I would read more books about the lead-up and the start of the entire fall from grace. I absolutely loved her descriptions and the way that she left other things up to the reader's imagination.

If you're curious if you should pick this book up -- it really depends on how much you enjoy the story (or the writing). Some people enjoy long and over-explained diatribes (millions of Stephen King fans for example). But, don't say I didn't warn you.

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  • Stacey Robinson
  • 20/07/2017

Over-the-top reading

I love Atwood's writing, and I like Danes as an actress. I was hoping this would be a perfect match. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with Dane's reading. I feel like her reading style is simultaneously too flat and too over-the-top. I found it difficult to get into the story hearing it read this way, and ended up just getting the book and reading it myself.

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  • Allison
  • 13/04/2017

Great

This book is fantastic. Claire Danes is great. The special edition isn't very special- they added a bit of music before the chapters and a discussion and essay at the end.

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  • Sara Rathfelder
  • 07/04/2017

Excellent

Excellent story. Very well done. I encourage you to listen to the author at the end. She answers several questions. It says "full cast", and there is one, but it is at the very end. Offred is verbally telling her story to the reader/listener and therefore no one else plays the parts of the other characters.

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  • Melanie
  • 07/04/2017

Wow. Just wow.

I read this book in the '80s when it first came out and enjoyed it. Some 30 years later it rings even more strongly as a cautionary tale and a very human story.

The narration is superb. The addition of the "question and answer" session is brilliant.

I recommend.

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  • Suz
  • 27/02/2020

Top 5 best books I’ve “read”

It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve listened to /read. It’s frightening timeless and relevant right now. This particular edition read by Claire Danes and with Margaret Atwood’s comments in the end made the book even better.

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  • Paffi
  • 27/03/2019

Brillant

Sehr überzeugende Lesung des außergewöhnlichen Romans von Margret Atwood durch die wunderbare Claire Danes. Toll.

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  • pawitc
  • 04/12/2018

great book. i enjoyed

I saw so much of the present time during the reading of this book. It makes me afraid but conscious, that every balance is on the tip of a needle and can be lost with a single blow.

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  • Cami
  • 25/08/2017

Great!

I found the narration by Claire Danes absolutely perfect. The essay was very interesting and Margaret Atwood herself talking about her novel was a great addition.

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  • Marek Zajac
  • 20/09/2020

A great book ruined by a terrible reading

I loved Atwood's poetic prose, which I found perceptive and full of human sensitivity. She doesn't overplay male-female antagonism even in the context of this patriarchal dystopia, and I found the characters convincing and lifelike because they are brutally honest and realistically flawed. But Clare Danes' reading is hopeless. She maintains a painfully dire monotone throughout the entire reading, missing key inflections and rhythms in the carefully-written prose. The listener often has the impression she is reading the text without understanding it, or that it perhaps would have benefited from more careful preparation and pre-reading.

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  • Alpha
  • 02/07/2020

Masterpiece!

After watching the TV series I felt the urge to reread or rather rehear the original. I don't regret a minute. It is actually a masterpiece of literature. Clare Danes performs in a humble way. But nevertheless intensive. Absolutely fitting the atmosphere of the story.

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  • S. Schlappinger
  • 03/02/2020

Wonderful!

Descriptions are so full of small details. it’s easy to identify. Perfectly read! And to understand that nothing is phantasy but everything was already there in history is just horrifying and irritating!

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  • ladybug
  • 22/01/2020

I can't listen to it, falling asleep

I restarted chapter 14 about 20 (maybe 30) times. Now I'm restarting chapter 15 for about the 5th time and it is probably going to be the last try. Most likely I will have to return this book.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 21/12/2019

Brilliant und Fesselnd

Die dystopische Wellt dieser Geschichte ist fesselnd und weckt andauernd die Frage, warum sie ist, wie sie ist. Der Schreibstil ist wundbar greifbar. Einerseits erlaubt er den Einblick in die Gedanken und Gefühle der Protagonistin, andererseits ist er präzise und nicht unnötig ausufernd. Als großer Freund dystopischer Geschichten war dieses Werk eine tolle Erfahrung für mich.

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  • Claudia
  • 18/11/2019

Ein absolutes Muss

Ich habe das Hörbuch fast in einem Rutsch durchgehört. Sprecher, die Geschichte, das Drumherum, alles ist fesselnd.