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The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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"At once a scholar's homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist....A book I could not put down."
—Ann Patchett

"Mary Renault lives again!" declares Emma Donoghue, author of Room, referring to The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller's thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War. A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer's enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller's monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction's brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes.

Publisher: HarperAudio


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Aug 11, 2020

Many stories of Achilles only show him in the light of being a hot-headed boy with godlike abilities and strengths. Its not like Miller didn’t write that in, she also made him more human through Patroclus’ eyes. Showed him as an honourable, intelligent, innocent, and honest golden boy forced to serve in a war he never wanted to be in that changed him into a greedy, overly confident, stubborn and war-stained young man. Patroclus stayed by Achilles’ side even when he went down a dark and bloody path making sure he had a legacy. Patroclus was more than a companion to Achilles. He was a friend, teacher, conscience, lover, a confidant and a home. Without each other Achilles was a quarter of a man. I thought that knowing the outcome of the story would diminish the hurt at the end, but it didn’t do anything. The end still hurt, and I still sobbed. Maybe it was Millers writing, the way it was read by Frazer Douglas and the utter emotion in his voice, or a combination of both that had me in tears. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone looking for a fresh take on an old story. 5/5 stars
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Apr 15, 2020

Really sucked me in, the audiobook is read beautifully.

Nov 13, 2019

Excellent tale. Highly recommend the audiobook and book.

Dec 09, 2018

There are wonderful moments here. Two of those come up in a Youtube video featuring the author reading passages and commenting on her choices writing the book. She is young and fresh and generous. Some might find, as I did, interest in her treatment of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. I kept thinking how informed it was by what I took to be a feminine response to the masculine. The link to the video:

Jul 11, 2017

Finally, one of the most famous same-sex love stories of antiquity is fleshed out in beautiful, and at times, poetic language by a gifted author careful to describe the love story of Patroclus and Achilles in all its sensuous details from boyhood, to teenage years and up into young adulthood. The British voice actor who narrates this novel is superb and expressive.

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