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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

Critic Reviews

“[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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Epic story told by a great performer

I didn't know what to expect with this book, but it was very good. I'm glad I listened to verses reading it. The names alone would have stopped me. But the performer did a very nice job making it all sound very exciting.

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Gorgeous Story!

Read it on a road trip and it was so good so moving, I wrote poetry to it and sobbed myself silly at a toll booth attendant. The prose, the writing. all of it rendered and read amazingly.

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Absolutely stunning

THE SONG OF ACHILLES is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read/listened to. The narrator was perfect for this story and managed to give every character a perfect and defined voice. Madeline Miller is a wordsmith and I just couldn't get enough of this. I highly recommend this book, and if you're a fan of audiobooks I HIGHLY recommend reading it by audio!

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  • V. H. Shaw
  • S. yarmouth, MA United States
  • 06-16-16

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Would you consider the audio edition of The Song of Achilles to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version

Who was your favorite character and why?

Patroclus, because he was loyal, loving, kind, and the true hero of this story

What about Frazer Douglas’s performance did you like?

It was excellent. A pleasant and well modulated voice.

Any additional comments?

It was superbe.

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Take all the stars!!!

That's was beautiful. Seriously, beginning to end it was simply beautiful. One of the best books I've had the pleasure of listening/reading in my life. Frazer Douglas' narration was perfection, he should be nominated for it. I laughed, gasped, said "uh oh" many times, and yes made a dying whale of a cry noise towards the end.

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  • Isaac
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  • 05-12-16

a beautiful performance.

I started this book on a Tuesday, and finished it the very next day, Wednesday. I was so captivated by Frazier Douglas' performance, and by the gorgeous story that Madeline Miller wove. You grow to know these larger than life figures of legend so intimately, loving them for their hubris and cunning and passion. full of love and war, this retelling of the Iliad deserves its place in everyone's libraries.

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I couldn't stop Listening!


Frazier Douglas's voice was perfect, downright addicting. once I finished it it left a hole in my chest. I will definitely reread once I finish other books. None so far have even come close to The Song of Achilles.

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A good book with a great reader

Very interesting, though not exactly correct to the assumed timeline, no real depth to the sudden relationship, and the ending made me angry.

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Didn't expect to enjoy this...

The story was riveting, the writing crisp, and the narration was fantastic!
Even if you think you might not enjoy it, I highly recommend reading this book!

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Any words are but pale spectors

An absolutely engaging epic story. The characters and story captivate the soul. The authentic human experience is thoroughly accessible, transcending any potential limitations of the particulars. I only wish it had been written/published when I was younger; because, I needed to see and believe such an authentic love, as is told of Patroclus and Achilles, could exist; I needed something to hope for.