The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition
- By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
- Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood, and others
- Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
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.
Why. Just, Why.
- By Althea on 08-23-17
Full disclosure: The Handmaid's Tale is my favorite book. It is my number one all-time pick among books, the book of my life, having topped my list since I first read it in 2008. But for all my love of The Handmaid's Tale, and my belief that it's a perfect book, I've always been—again like a fan girl—a little irked by one aspect of it: its ending. "Are there any questions?" may be the most wonderfully frustrating last line ever conceived. YES I have questions— MANY of them. In producing this special edition, we proposed that Margaret Atwood answer some of those long standing questions. So what was it like to ask a Booker Prize-winning author to amend the ending of her most famous work? I felt pretty presumptuous to say the least. But Margaret’s response—and I think I’m quoting this correctly—was, ‘Sure, this sounds like fun.’ And indeed it was fun. The ten audio-only questions included in this production present a teasing look at the world beyond Offred, and a glimpse of what Atwood might have up her sleeve next.