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
“[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)
People who like romance novels
Advertised the book accurately. It is pitched as a story between friends who go to war, not a romance novel between dudes (which is what it is)
Nuanced but breathy
The prose style was eloquent, and her ability to delve into the psyche of the characters was admirable.
Disappointing. My first negative review on audible
I really liked the story : it kept me going
When they met the menator
There are so many parts it is hard to find just one
I couldnt stop listening : in car , at home , on patio I was really involved ; i wanted to hear more
This book wasn't my style. There is homosexual sex described in detail. Sex scenes in such detail are not to my liking, gay or straight.
This is not my style of story. I wouldn't have even tried it if I had known. I don't really go in for explicit sex in any story, so its inclusion in several scenes made me stop listening before the end.
His voices and accent were good.
It could have been good. It wasn't a bad story at the start. Others may really enjoy it.
This book and narrator conveys such longing. The love between the main characters is so pure and strong, I really enjoyed this story.
I only wish there had been even a HINT regarding the sexual content in this story so I wouldn't have used one of my precious credits on it. I should have read ALL the reviews instead of the first few. Will do that from now on!
I prefer heterosexual content.
Couldn't finish it...
There should be a sexual content rating system.
This is really a love story with the background of war and mythology. The heart of the novel is the romance between Patroclus and Achilles, which is at first confusing to them, then sweet and full of joy, and then adult and full of sacrifice and acceptance.
I enjoyed the character development and the vivid description of the sights, smells and sounds of the time. There were parts of the novel that dragged a little, but it soon picked up. In general, it was an entertaining story, and for anyone who has read The Iliad or seen the movie Troy, it was a new way to look at the character Achilles, the origin of his personality and his motivation, and an honest look at a relationship between two men.
I'd been waiting for years for a telling of the Achilles/Patroclus story the way I had imagined it - and Miller has delivered! And it is a sexy, sexy book. Miller is supposed to have been working on this book for ten years - and it shows. Not only did she rely on Homer's Iliad, but she used books from the entire extant Trojan cycle (Cypria, Little Iliad, et al.).
To preface, I think that Douglas did a great job. His voice is nice to listen to. However, this is Miller's first book, and it shows in the tone of the first few pages. It's not distracting, but Frazier Douglas' wistful performance didn't help. Also, I was definitely not a fan of the baritone voice he gave to Achilles, especially prepubescent Achilles. I get that it's mostly a class thing, but it didn't do much for me.
Briseis, whom I hated (HATED) in the movie Troy by the way, was very much a strong character here.
I expected a scholarly retelling of the Iliad, not a Barbara Cartland set in Homeric Greece.
Expressive, articulate reader
This shows a different side to Achilles and patrocolous that is so well written.
Obviously The Illiad.
I would not: the title is perfect.
Anyone interested in the story of Achilles should read this.
I liked the Frazer Douglas but the book was just bad.
I would cut page 1 and stop at the last page.
I feel Audible pushes books and let's the publisher write reviews. New rule never buy a book without 500 or more reviews. This had 10 and had close to 5 stars. What was I thinking? I doubt 500 people will read this book.
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