A genuinely beautiful novel, reasonably well-read. The familiarity of the story never diminishes the suspense; the writing is evocative of time and place. Characters are well-developed and believable throughout. The performance by Frazer Douglas is always more than acceptable, but never quite memorable. As others have pointed out--both in reviews of the book and the audio--the last paragraph is unfortunate and diminishes the effectiveness of the narrative. Overall however an excellent audiobook and highly recommended.
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.
The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.
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.
Loved this story!! My only complaint is that the performance was not my favorite. The voice actor gave Achilles a very deep voice, even as a child, and it felt odd to me. There were other small things that sat oddly with me. He did a good job, but it wasn't to my tastes.
I greatly enjoyed the story and couldn't put it down! I listened in every spare moment I had and had lots of fun on the emotional rollercoaster! (REAL TEARS were shed.) The only critique I had was that I didn't enjoy some of the voices used for some characters. Otherwise it is perfect <3 I look forward to listening again.
This is a gem. Although it's not fully based off of reference material. This is exactly how I'd imagine the journey. Perfectly told. And also always a plus to see, meet or read anything or anyone who seems to love the story of Achilles as much as I. Will listen again and again
I didn't know what to expect with this book, but it was very good. I'm glad I listened to verses reading it. The names alone would have stopped me. But the performer did a very nice job making it all sound very exciting.
Read it on a road trip and it was so good so moving, I wrote poetry to it and sobbed myself silly at a toll booth attendant. The prose, the writing. all of it rendered and read amazingly.