Margaret Atwood has written a continuation of 'The Handmaid's Tale' exclusively for Audible.

By Isabella Biedenharn
March 29, 2017 at 11:08 AM EDT
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Just in time for the new Hulu version of The Handmaid’s Tale (and, of course, our current political climate), Margaret Atwood has written a continuation of her timeless dystopian novel exclusively for Audible, performed by a full cast for a new version of the audiobook. The rest of the book is performed by Claire Danes.

Beginning after the novel’s famous final line, “Are there any questions?” the new material comprises a Q&A between the chair of the Symposium, the main speaker, and various members of the audience. Notably, the book’s original ending and this new Q&A take place in 2195,  years after the events of the book, when Gilead has ceased to exist.

“I’m delighted to see the novel that I wrote over thirty years ago come alive on new platforms every year,” Atwood said in a release. “The roots of my original book are in audio — Offred’s story was recorded, not written, and even the ‘Historical Notes’ are a voice — so I was excited to extend the story with additional material meant specifically to be heard. … The Handmaid’s Tale is alive, it seems — and like all living things, it grows and multiplies!”

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EW is thrilled to offer an exclusive excerpt from the new material, below. To hear the rest, The Handmaid’s Tale Audible exclusive is available for purchase now.

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The Handmaid’s Tale series debuts on Hulu on April 26.