Not sure if it was the performance or the writing, but I couldn't figure out why anyone, let alone Achilles, would be into this guy Patroclus. He's such a whiner!
Not sure. He wasn't bad - just kinda mopey. Again, that may have just been the writing.
It was fun because I like the classical elements. And cause I'm a big mo.
I was familiar with Greek myths- have been fascinated with them since my fifth grade teacher had lived in Greece and fueled my interest and imagination. The author does a magical job of bringing these ancient characters to life and making them human (even if they are gods or half-god).
Any Greek tragedy, this book has all the same elements-nosey gods interfering in human lives, conflict, hubris, a tragic hero....
So many! I especially liked the scenes describing characters within the myths; Achilles and. Patroclus (of course), Odysseus, Agamemnon, King Menelaus, Achilles' mother-I really enjoyed her characterizations and the narrator's interpretation of their voices. The voice of Achilles' mother was deliciously villainous and hard to forget.
Patroclus because he wasn't as weak as people thought he was and Achilles because he becomes more that a one dimensional hero.
I have seen a few comments that describe this book as "homo porn" and "explicit". I would like to respectfully disagree. This book is set in a different culture and time-the relationship between Patroclus and Achilles has been discussed for HUNDREDS of years. This author isn't presenting some new fangled twist or a new interpretation of the story. If that makes you uncomfortable, then perhaps this story isn't for you. Any explicit sex scenes- hetero or homo- make me uncomfortable. I'd like to add that I am a middle aged, married, goes-to-church- three-times-a-week Christian. I am also someone who enjoys well written literature. The two main characters are in a committed relationship and the intimate scenes are more like the old movies where the camera pans up to an open window and the wind gently blows the curtains- things implied but not expressed. The plot is not based on these scenes nor are they gratuitous. They are important because they show the depth of their love and respect and this is really relevant towards the second half of the book and explains their actions and choices. I put off buying this book for some time because of these comments and am so thankful that I overcame my doubts and purchased this book. If you enjoy a beautifully written story (and a well narrated one as well) I encourage you to give this one a try. I'm glad I did.
Personally I have nothing against homo erotics or homo sexuality - but honestly I don't really have an interest in it either. The title and the description indicates a story about the greek hero Achilles - but the reality of the book is very much different and not something I would have bought if I had known.
Not from stories about classic heroes - but I'm still not interested in homo erotiscism...
It was cheap - but unfortunately cannot be returned for a refund. 10 USD of experience... :-/
Have noticed that most of the positive reviews are from women. If you aren't one, you might want to check reviews made by other blokes before putting down money for this book, which is something completely different from what it looks like.
The narrator's tone is very monotonous. Even at 1.5x speed, his delivery is slow and too measured.
I just finished a book narrated by Bryan Cranston and he was fabulous. His delivery was paced based on the action in the scene and his tone was varied based on the character.
I purchased this book for a long business trip expecting a chronicle of two boy's/men exploits in ancient greece. The plot (about halfway through) seems to be focused more on the potential love affair between the main character and Achilles than daily life in ancient greece. I'll likely continue to listen, however, this book is not at all what I expected, is not consistent with the description and the plot seems to be moving very slowly.
I didn't think anyone could come close to Mary Renault in making the ancient world real to me, but Madeline Miller does it. Beautifully written, with each obstacle in retelling the tale of the Trojan War leapt over with seeming ease, she gives us a personal tale of huge mythic and historic event. Wonderful characters, wonderfully voiced by Frazer Douglas. Best book I've heard or read in years.
Small spoiler and warning: if a relationship between two men is something that will bother you, then don't listen to this book. The relationship is essential to the story and one of the reasons the book packs the kind of emotional wallop that it does. Even though the relationship between Patrokles and Achilles has been told and retold over the ages, that not help you get over your discomfort. You'll be missing out, but you should know that it's there.
I really only get to listen to books these days. I have a fairly long commute to work so books have become my favorite road companion. In this case, on listening to Song of Achilles a second time, I went on line to order a hard-cover print edition. I felt compelled to actively read the words - just beautiful writing.
It's hard to say what I loved the most - I suppose the language... Ms. Miller's writing is beautiful and seamless and poetic. Frazer Douglas reads the text with sensitivity and character and heart. I could listen to him read anything.
I don't cry at books, but listening to the scene where Patroclus goes off to battle in the guise of Achilles, I found myself in tears on each hearing. Again - at the end of the book, I had to wipe tears from my eyes.
I wouldn't - the title is perfect... It fits in beautifully with Patroclus' final 'this and this and this' speech.
If I had only one book to listen to for the rest of my life - Song of Achilles would be it. I love it.
Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen
The narrator can make or break a book. This is a perfect example of a tremendous yet unexpected love story with such great narration. You are swept into a fantastical and deep heart-wrenching saga - gasping and longing as if you are the characters. To define a 'romance' is difficult because everyone has their own ideals of what a typical romance should be. THIS is one that takes you to 'THAT' different level of love and sacrifice.
Sorry...can't do it in 3 words..
This is so well done that I can\t thing of anything bad to say. The emotional feel of the book is perfect.In the end I owe the performer for the incredible experience of seeing Achilles through Patroclos eyes and making me believe it.
Despite containing two of the elements that I tend to stay away from : first person pov and a sort of poetic sentimentality, I absolutely adored this book. It is so well written , each sentence imbued with such feeling that I couldn't help but feel like I was almost there and witness to the whole story. I have to say that what really made this such a great experience was the narrator. For once an audiobook that I wished could just go on and on. Frazier Douglas does such an awesome job narrating this story! His cadence and tone are just perfect. At first I found his Achilles voice a little too low but overall, wow!! A truly great and unique account of the legendary Achilles, Patroclus and Trojan war saga, minus the focus on Paris and Helen (thank the gods!!)
This was the first and I'm a convert :)
Patroclos, because ultimately it was his story
Nothing else but awesome/
Not the story of a hero - it didn't seem to relate to anything I knew about Achilles. BUT - it was a good story, well told by an excellent reader. It felt like someone was telling me the story of his life. I was drawn into the story from beginning to end. Great listen. There is a male/male relationship, so you might want to stay away if that is not for you. That part was mild compared to a lot of books out now. The book and the reader were well matched. I enjoyed the experience. Well worth the credit.
I love books, but busy mom that doesnt have time to read them. So having audible has been a blessing to me. Shower or car listening is great
I really enjoy learning about the Greak Gods and thought this was well written.
I haven't read a ton about them but this was abetter one than some others I've tried.
There were a couple of times I had to rewind to verify which character it was talking, so I do wish there was alittle bit better variation in the voices but all the main characters were very destinctive from each other so it didn't bother me much.
They story I thought was fun and entertaining and I defintly was surprised at some of the twist and turns but all in a good way!
I would defintly reccomand this book to others, but am not sure that close minded people would enjoy it as much as those that are open minded.