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.
This is a beautiful retelling of the story of Achilles, from the point of view of Patroclus. Admittedly, it has been years since I read the Iliad, but the story seems pretty faithful to its original sources, and it manages to incorporate the complexity of the Trojan War and all the various players and their motivations without overwhelming the central story, that of Patroclus and Achilles. It is a love story, a tragic love story because from the start, we know how it ends, and that knowledge made it quite difficult to get through in parts, which speaks to the excellence of the storytelling and the audiobook narrator. Highly recommended.
Nothing can better the Illiad but this book is a must for those who love the story of Achilles and Troy
Achilles. He is the original superhero character and one that has survived the test of time for thousands of years.
Excellent narration. The voices that he chooses for each character are fantastic and consistent throughout the book
I was uncomfortable with one particular scene of a homosexual nature! Thankfully it did not escalate further later on in the story.
A great story retold from a fresh perspective
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I couldn't choose another book for days afterwards. Nothing seemed as good as this book.
Cried like a baby over a death that happened something like 3000 years ago. Miller managed to make this story and its characters come to life. The narrator is excellent, although his "female" voice is not great (as none of them seem to be).
this book has to be one of the top 5 that I have listened to
I loved Petrocles--his love and devotion for Achilles was so tender and beautiful.
Mr Douglas is one of my favorite readers--I would like to see more of him. He infuses the characters with emotion that is palpable and his voice distinctions between characters are consistent and appropriate.
engaging,enjoyable, and dramatic
I really enjoyed how the author gave a bit of a different take on classical story of Achilles from the view of Patroculus. I thought it was interesting to see how she developed and accepted the classical "facts" and put them into the framework of the story. She made me break out my Illiad to refresh myself.
The variation in tone helped me keep the characters more apart than I expected in a Greek myth.
Patroculus - as the central character, I thought they developed him well.
I could listen to this book over and over again. The language is beautiful and the narration is excellent.
Patrocles because of his humanity.
He just fit the story perfectly. I felt like he so clearly represented Patrocles and in showing us who Patrocles is as a character we better understood Achilles.
Yes and no. I kept dreading what I knew was coming. The suspense of knowing that Achilles will die and not knowing what would happen to Patrocles was difficult especially since within the story they knew too and made steps towards and away from death.