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The Song of Achilles Audiobook

The Song of Achilles: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The legend begins...

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller’s page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career.

©2012 Madeline Miller (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

What the Critics Say

“[Miller] makes a persuasive argument for the timeliness of her subject. …Miller’s winning debut focuses on Patroclus, a young prince living in Achilles’ golden shadow. Miller also gives voice to many of the women who were also consigned to the shadows.” (Publishers Weekly, Spring 2012 Preview, Top 10 Literary Fiction)

“You don’t need to be familiar with Homer’s The Iliad (or Brad Pitt’s Troy, for that matter) to find Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles spellbinding....her explorations of ego, grief, and love’s many permutations are both familiar and new....[A] timeless love story.” (O magazine)

“A psychologically astute Iliad prelude featuring the heady, star-crossed adolescence of future heroes Patroclus and Achilles.” (Vogue)

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    TemperPolk 08-17-13
    TemperPolk 08-17-13 Member Since 2016

    Fantasy Bookworm

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    "A story that smells of reality"
    If you could sum up The Song of Achilles in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!!)


    Have you listened to any of Frazer Douglas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first and I'm a convert :)


    Who was the most memorable character of The Song of Achilles and why?

    Patroclos, because ultimately it was his story


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing else but awesome/

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    Mary Catherine NC 05-13-13
    Mary Catherine NC 05-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good storytelling"

    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.

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    Rebecca Milaca, MN, United States 05-07-13
    Rebecca Milaca, MN, United States 05-07-13

    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

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    "A Good Greak God Read!"

    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.

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    im 04-03-13
    im 04-03-13 Member Since 2014

    mew!

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    "Lyrical re-imagining of classic story"

    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.

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    @MrBookChief Gorey, Ireland 03-28-13
    @MrBookChief Gorey, Ireland 03-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A new reworking of a classic tale"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Song of Achilles to be better than the print version?

    Nothing can better the Illiad but this book is a must for those who love the story of Achilles and Troy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Achilles. He is the original superhero character and one that has survived the test of time for thousands of years.


    What does Frazer Douglas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration. The voices that he chooses for each character are fantastic and consistent throughout the book


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was uncomfortable with one particular scene of a homosexual nature! Thankfully it did not escalate further later on in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    A great story retold from a fresh perspective

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    Jan Kapaau, HI, United States 03-26-13
    Jan Kapaau, HI, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Hard to listen to another book after this one"

    This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I couldn't choose another book for days afterwards. Nothing seemed as good as this book.

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    T. Dall 03-08-13
    T. Dall 03-08-13
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    "Utterly Captivating"

    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).

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    kathy 03-04-13
    kathy 03-04-13
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    "one of my favorites!"
    Where does The Song of Achilles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this book has to be one of the top 5 that I have listened to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Petrocles--his love and devotion for Achilles was so tender and beautiful.


    What does Frazer Douglas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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    Christopher Weakley Washington, DC 02-14-13
    Christopher Weakley Washington, DC 02-14-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Great take on a classic myth"
    If you could sum up The Song of Achilles in three words, what would they be?

    engaging,enjoyable, and dramatic


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Frazer Douglas’s performance did you like?

    The variation in tone helped me keep the characters more apart than I expected in a Greek myth.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Song of Achilles and why?

    Patroculus - as the central character, I thought they developed him well.


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    Emily BOTHELL, WA, United States 01-31-13
    Emily BOTHELL, WA, United States 01-31-13
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    "Beautiful"
    Would you listen to The Song of Achilles again? Why?

    I could listen to this book over and over again. The language is beautiful and the narration is excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Patrocles because of his humanity.


    What about Frazer Douglas’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


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