I loved the whole package here!
The magnetic voice and performance drew me in; and the story,even though I remember bits from school years ago, is written so interestingly that I am compelled to keep listening & listening!
This is another of those rare audio books that I couldn't wait to listen to every day & was actually a little sad when I reached the end.
Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!
This book (and the pitch perfect audio) embodies the magic of The Iliad, with its larger than life, complicated characters. Here is a short quote that could sum up The Song of Achilles:“There is no law that gods must be fair, Achilles,” Chiron said. “And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone. Do you think?”Miller is absolutely believable in her mythology writing. The only downside is that I don't think the sex scenes match up to the rest of the writing, and they jerk you out of the story rather than become a part of it. But that is not a big criticism, I just hope she grows in that area next time; overall, it didn't take away from the overriding power of the book.
Wow. I can't stop listening to it. Chapter 4 is my favorite and I keep going back to it. This entire book is perfectly read. Often I listen to a book and think the inflections of the reader are inaccurate, changing the feel of a story. But not this time, Frazer Douglas nails it and brings the right color to the poetry that is Madeline Miller story. It will be a while before I delete this story from my iPhone.
An absolutely engaging epic story. The characters and story captivate the soul. The authentic human experience is thoroughly accessible, transcending any potential limitations of the particulars. I only wish it had been written/published when I was younger; because, I needed to see and believe such an authentic love, as is told of Patroclus and Achilles, could exist; I needed something to hope for.
It's the best book I've read this year and is one of the best stand alones I've ever read. It had the great mixture of everything you could ever wish for and even for a mythology nerd like me it satisfied me way more then I think it would've.
This book is a roller-coaster that while, seemingly, about one singular thing has many ups and downs and stories- enough to cover one person's entire life. And, indeed, you feel as if you have lived a life beside this character. This story is so much more than one thing.
Almost every scene stands out for me. I can picture almost every scene in the book, even now about two months after I've listened to it. It's not often a book manages to stay with you that much, but this book did.
I attempted to read this book after listening to the audio book and found that the most jarring thing for me was the pacing- while I could read the novel itself in about two hours, listening to this over the course of several days, ten hours, made it much more emotional and hard hitting.
I would have loved to, but honestly I'm not sure it would do the book justice. Half the experience for me was thinking about what COULD happen next when I didn't have the opportunity to continue listening.