About this book…
Brought to you by Penguin.
Read by Elisabeth Moss, star of the hit Channel 4 TV series.
The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.
Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of 21st-century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit and astute perception.
Firstly can I thank Penguin Randomhouse and Julia Forster at Ruth Killock Publicity for my review audiobook copy of The Handmaids Tale. This was recently released with a stunning narration by actress Elisabeth Moss who plays Offred in the television adaptation that has been shown on Channel 4 here in the UK. Having read the book way back when it was first released in 1985 and been worried about watching the tv series for fear of it ruining my love of the book, I thought listening to the audiobook a good compromise! Ofcourse as soon as I finished listening to the book and being totally entranced by the beautifully soft and spellbinding voice of Elisabeth Moss, I downloaded all three seasons of The Handmaids Tale and had a box set marathon! And then I read The Testaments…but that’s a post for another day!!
Margaret Atwood is a brilliant author and if you haven’t discovered her yet then The Handmaids Tale is the perfect introduction for you. And once you’ve listened to it you will want to discover her other work so I also want to recommend Oryx and Crake plus The Blind Assassin which is one of the best books that I have ever read!
The Handmaids Tale is set in a dystopian future where women are no longer naturally fertile apart from a small group who have been given the role of “Handmaids” and who will conceive the next generation. There is no choice for them-this is their life now if they want to remain alive. Offred isn’t even her real name, it is her slave name revealing her to belong to Fred. There are a few differences between the book and the tv show so I would always recommend listening or reading to the original as you get far more background to the society and laws that they now have to abide by. And by only watching the tv series you are missing the best thing about The Handmaids Tale which is Atwoods perfect turn of phrase and how she conveys a moment with such a visual clarity that it will leave you with goosebumps. So to combine her narrative with the voice of the actress who plays Offred in the tv show is just a winning combination and I would highly recommend this way of connecting with The Handmaids.
I loved this audiobook version and it’s definitely my favourite of the year so far. Just perfect!
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