Cancel anytime. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency.
The Handmaid's Tale
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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.
Enter a near-future, dystopian society through the eyes of Offred, a handmaid with only one purpose — to breed. Freedom is restricted by the religious, authoritarian regime, with women classified into different roles. The listener will find their spine tingling when introduced to this bleak world through the eyes of Offred, in her role to reproduce for one of the Commanders — Fred. Haunting descriptions of her daily life combine with breathtaking suspense as she tries to escape her life of oppression.
Audible Premium Plus. Cancel anytime. More than 15 years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale , the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third: Aunt Lydia. Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways. By: Margaret Atwood.