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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • Special Edition
  • Written by: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, Ray Porter, Margaret Atwood, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • definitely worth it

  • By Stephanie on 2018-05-30

A Must Read!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-30

Loved it! At first I thought it strange but then started to see the many parallels with peoples persecuted in history, and current day, for reasons of power and religious beliefs. The theme of the oppression of women were shocking! As you read it you thought this is ridiculous and then as you digested it you thought of historical and current examples. The ending threw me, I stopped reading but after looking up summaries and reviews of the book, I understood it better and read the last sections. A great read!