The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller audiobook

The Song of Achilles: A Novel

By Madeline Miller
Read by Frazer Douglas

HarperAudio
11.25 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction

A 2013 Chautauqua Prize Finalist

A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction

Selected for the March 2012 Indie Next List

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2012

“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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The Song of Achilles is a book I could not put down…At once a scholar’s homage to the Iliad and a startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist.” Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder
“A ravishingly vivid and convincing version of one of the most legendary of love stories.” Emma Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of Room
“It takes a truly gifted writer to make a song this old feel this beautifully new…Sharply written, cleverly reimagined, enormously promising…As with any story where you know the ending, what matters is the journey—this one is fast, true, and incredibly rewarding. A new song is born, and with it, an author we’ll want to hear sing again, and soon.” USA Today
“Among the virtues of Ms. Miller’s bold revisions is that she injects a newfound sense of suspense into a story with an ending that has already been determined. She redefines Achilles’ heroic ambition in his struggle to reconcile greatness with happiness.” Wall Street Journal
“In prose as clean and spare as the driving poetry of Homer, Miller captures the intensity and devotion of adolescent friendship and lets us believe in these long-dead boys from whom sea nymphs and centaurs are not legend but lived reality. In doing so, she will make their names known to yet another generation, deepening and enriching a tale that has been told for 3,000 years.” Washington Post

Reviews

Reviews

by robert hir 9/13/2017

This book was FANTASTIC

I'm a big fan of anything to do with Ancient Greece, historical, mythology, and historical fiction. Given this, I've been a big fan of Stephen Pressfield books, but his books are more grounded in actual history than mythology or pure fiction, and I found the "Song of Achilles" in a search for something on par quality wise with his titles. Didn't know what to expect about it going in, it got favorable reviews, but they don't do this book justice. The story was amazing, the attention to detail, the research which must have gone into this, and the way she brought the characters to life, on a level with others in my most favorite of audio books. The narration was very good too, esp the voice of Achilles. This is a "whopper" of a book too, covers a vast time period in the characters life, you totally get your money's worth. I'd strongly recommend this to anyone interested in ancient Greece, mythology, etc, etc. Thanks to Downpour.com for offering it as non-DRM MP3 files, it will be well worth the price to be able to listen to this for the rest of my life, on any device I choose, long after their website is gone, and not be locked out of it because of some proprietary DRM scheme. I wish Madeline Miller would to other characters from mythology..

Author

Author Bio: Madeline Miller

Author Bio: Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller, named a LibraryReads #1 author, has written several books, including The Song of Achilles, which was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction and has been translated into twenty-five languages. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Latin and ancient Greek from Brown University and has been teaching both languages for over nine years. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specializing in adapting classical tales for a modern audience.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 11.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English