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  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,648

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

An Island of Her Own

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Beautiful, engrossing tale - in tone, voice and structure, it reminded me very much of "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant. If you are interested in a fully-imagined retelling of a familiar tale, you will enjoy this audiobook immensely.

I thoroughly enjoyed Miller's fleshing-out of the relationships between Titans and Olympians, between the gods and the humans below, and most of all her descriptions of the Greek gods and their jealousies, trysts and revenges. Madeline Miller's Circe character is complex, independent, and intellectual - and able to remain calm and work through the various catastrophic events that define her story.

I found myself binge-listening to "Circe" over a three-day period. I had her story on my stereo while I cooked and cleaned after work, while I drove, on earbuds as I walked my dogs. In my mind, I was on island of Aeaea with my lioness and my wolves... this audiobook is completely engrossing and highly, highly recommended.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Freedom

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux
  • Length: 24 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,768
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,387

Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable book. Really liked the narration.

  • By R. Spangler on 12-13-10

An American Classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-10

I spent a wonderful 24 hours listening to "Freedom", examining my own political leanings and marital history and consumerist tendencies as Franzen's characters displayed theirs. I am roughly the same age as Walter and Patty Berglund, so the subject matter - a beautiful and complex story of a modern American family - was as familiar to me as my own personal history.

The narration was excellent (except for the female Indian character, who tended to sound like a caricature at times). I found myself rapt with attention, stopped in my driveway, unable to bring in the groceries and unwilling to tend to my email and cell phone messages.

Highly recommended.

65 of 72 people found this review helpful