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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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    Angel Alagao 05-28-15
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    "Amazing book"

    Everything about the book was exceptional! I loved the way the characters were expressed. I recommend it!

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    John Willis 05-25-15
    John Willis 05-25-15
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    "Simply Beautiful"

    This book has renewed my appreciation for Greek mythology. My emotions were so unstable throughout this book, just prepare yourself for a wild ride. Its so worth it.

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    Tamara Naftal 04-14-15
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    "Achilles good version"

    I often felt I was listening to poetry , in a good way. It was a pleasure.

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    Lauren 03-27-15
    Lauren 03-27-15
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    "Beautifully written."

    Heart wrenching and gorgeous. I could not have loved it more. I hope someone buys the rights to make this a movie and does it the justice it deserves. I'd do it myself if I could.

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    Ashley Rodriguez 03-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "BEAUTIFUL"

    This story grabs you by the heart and won't let go. Frazer Douglas gives a beautiful performance. A must read.

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    vincent 03-04-15
    vincent 03-04-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Timeless"

    The story of Achilles is amazingly told in this book. Absolutely loved it. Everyone should read this at least once.

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    Danny 02-16-15
    Danny 02-16-15
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    What made the experience of listening to The Song of Achilles the most enjoyable?

    The voice actor brought life to every character really well.
    And the book is just so well written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Patroclous, because he reminded me of myself.


    What about Frazer Douglas’s performance did you like?

    Yes very much.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Briseis yelled at Achilles for not loving Patroclous enough.
    It made me cry.


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    L. Pose MVD, Uruguay 12-10-14
    L. Pose MVD, Uruguay 12-10-14
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    "Disappointing characterization, great performance"

    I had heard good things about this book, and it had been recommended to me, so I was definitely looking forward to it. Unfortunately, it did not meet my expectations.

    My main problem with the book was the characterization and character development. In this story, Patroclus is stripped off the status as a great warrior he dons in Homer's Iliad, and becomes a shadow who will often dwindle in self-pity. He can't fight, and he won't even try to learn. And by the time the book ends, not much has changed in him in comparison to the time he befriended Achilles as a child, at the beginning.

    The love story between Achilles and Patroclus did not have a foundation solid enough for me to become emotionally involved. Patroclus does not understand why does Achilles come to love him so much, so fast. Neither did I. Their story seemed like something out of a fairytale: beautiful on the surface, but lacking in substance, in actual development. The same could be said about Achilles himself.

    Some things I did enjoy, though. Odysseus was fantastic. Some of the imagery was very interesting. And the narration was definitely very good, and what kept me going every time someone pointed out how Patroclus was pretty much useless and "could not fight".

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    Zack Chicago, IL, United States 06-22-14
    Zack Chicago, IL, United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Meh"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not sure if it was the performance or the writing, but I couldn't figure out why anyone, let alone Achilles, would be into this guy Patroclus. He's such a whiner!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frazer Douglas?

    Not sure. He wasn't bad - just kinda mopey. Again, that may have just been the writing.


    Was The Song of Achilles worth the listening time?

    It was fun because I like the classical elements. And cause I'm a big mo.


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    julie mobile, AL, United States 08-27-13
    julie mobile, AL, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen

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    "I expected less but received so much MORE!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Song of Achilles the most enjoyable?

    The narrator can make or break a book. This is a perfect example of a tremendous yet unexpected love story with such great narration. You are swept into a fantastical and deep heart-wrenching saga - gasping and longing as if you are the characters. To define a 'romance' is difficult because everyone has their own ideals of what a typical romance should be. THIS is one that takes you to 'THAT' different level of love and sacrifice.


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