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Author: Margaret Atwood Narrator: Margaret Atwood, Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Derek Jacobi, Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal, various narrators, Mae Whitman Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: September 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780525590460

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WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE

The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.


More than fifteen 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.

 

With The Testaments, Margaret Atwood opens up the innermost workings of Gilead, as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

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Quotes

  • A chilling invitation no Atwood fan can resist . . . The Testaments reminds us of the power of truth in the face of evil.

    - People  
  • Margaret Atwood’s powers are on full display . . . Everyone should read The Testaments.

    - Los Angeles Times  
  • A fast, immersive narrative that’s as propulsive as it is melodramatic.

    - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times  
  • The Testaments is worthy of the literary classic it continues. That’s thanks in part to Atwood’s capacity to surprise, even writing in a universe we think we know so well.

    - USA Today  
  • The women of Gilead are more fascinating than ever.

    - NPR  
  • There may be no novelist better suited to tapping the current era’s anxieties than Margaret Atwood.

    - Entertainment Weekly  
  • Powerful, revealing, and engaging.

    - Boston Globe  
  • A rare treat . . . a corker of a plot, culminating in a breathless flight to freedom.

    - Laura Miller, Slate.com
  • “Narrator Ann Dowd, known for her role on the television adaptation, is formidable as Aunt Lydia. Hearing her resonant narration of diary entries allows listeners to feel the horror of early Gilead, be disturbed by the aunt’s complicity, and discover her secrets. Bryce Dallas Howard’s sweet narration of the Transcript of Witness Testimony 369A provides a window onto the extreme restrictions of girlhood in Gilead. Mae Whitman’s snarky rendition of Witness 369B’s testimony reflects a privileged youth in Canada, where she unwittingly triggers dramatic changes. Listening adds an entirely new dimension to a riveting tale. Atwood narrates section headings and her note, and Tantoo Cardinal and Derek Jacobi nail the scholarly conclusion. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “A rallying cry for activism that argues for the connectedness of societies and their peoples.”

    - The Guardian (London)
  • "The Testaments is lean and gripping. Atwood peers into her characters’ heads with an empathy and wry wit that makes them feel very real.”

    - Amazon.com
  • “The Testaments is a hopeful book. It’s escapist. It’s a thriller. It’s a bit of a joyride.”

    - Vox

Awards

  • Winner of the Booker Prize
  • A Parade Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks for Fall
  • An Amazon Best Book in Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
  • An iBooks bestseller in Audiobooks
  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • New York Times audio bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Margaret Atwood is the acclaimed author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. She is the recipient of dozens of awards, including joint winner of the Booker Prize in 2019, as well as the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, among many others.

About the Narrators

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him eleven Audiofile Earphones Awards.

Margaret Atwood’s books have been published in more than thirty-five countries. Her novels The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, The Blind Assassin was awarded the Booker Prize, Alias Grace won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy. In 2005 Atwood received the Edinburgh International Book Festival Enlightenment Award. She lives in Toronto.

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him eleven Audiofile Earphones Awards.

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him eleven Audiofile Earphones Awards.

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles. As a counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.