Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape
[Series recommendation for The Handmaid's Tale]
This audio dramatisation from the Wondery network's Secrets, Crimes & Audiotapes will whet your appetite for the forthcoming Hulu drama, and also entertain on its own merits, as Margaret Atwood's classic dystopia is brought to life. Across three episodes to date, we follow our protagonist, Offred, who was once a perfectly normal citizen - a partner, an employee, a mother. But the twin crises of a declining birthrate and religious fundamentalism have led to the formation of a new society, in which women are reconditioned and assigned strict societal roles: that of wife, or child-bearer, or domestic servant. Offred is a handmaid - her sole job is to provide children. She is physically restricted, but her internal life is still rich, and her past is not so distant as to be unreachable. Hear it unfold in weekly episodes.