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Margaret Atwood
Read by Claire Danes

Claire Danes sparkles in this performance. At once timeless and timely, this dystopian novel studies, among other things, the role of women in a society that has stripped them of their rights. Danes voices Offred—a “handmaid” whose sole purpose is to bear children for a government leader and his wife—with a kaleidoscope of emotions. Danes frequently lends Offred a hesitant, somewhat bewildered tone that suits the handmaid’s situation. Offred has occasional memories of the times before women’s freedoms were erased; she reveals how her carefree youth transformed into the stifling present-day reality. 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. L.B.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2013 Audies Winner © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2012]

Fiction • 11 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1985

Digital Download • Audible, Inc. • 2012

DD ISBN $24.95

AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

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