Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing. As they grow into young men, their bond blossoms into something far deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned.
©2011 Madeline Miller (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd
"gripping and beautiful"
This is so well written and such a gripping story it is worth getting. Has made me laugh and cry! The narration is clear and easy to get into. Though I am not sure the plot is everyone's cup of tea if you are even vaguely interested give it a go
Despite this book centering around male characters, as a woman I was able to relate to them and the main themes in the book. The story was thrilling and enjoyable, and the language well chosen in conveying the emotional content. I would highly recommend this read, and the narration was excellent.
I was hoping for good writing. I found it. This book is lyrical and yet direct, astonishingly beautiful and well read too. It is also a work of great imagination throughout; the last scenes of war and loss are so rich with depth and with sadness that I am in Ms Miller's debt... she has enriched me.
I recommend this one warmly: I like what Miller does with Homer's story very much. Despite being a tiny bit suspicious about any attempt to read modern sexual categories into a world where they do not belong, I was won over completely by her telling of the love story: tender but not mawkish, and the scenes of lovemaking don't for a minute seem out of place. Thorpe is a good reader for the most part (his Patroclus stutters more than is necessary, and he mispronounces Iphigenia...), but the voice he gives Odysseus is very good indeed.
A fantastic story, told simply and beautifully read. Well worth a listen - you won't regret it :)
"Greek myth re-told"
I wouldn't list it among my favourites, but it's a good book.
The first romance scene between Achilles and his lover.
He puts emotion into his reading.
Same as the book.
This is the siege of Troy as seen through the eyes of Patroclas, Achilles/s lover and companion. The author also gives us a fascinating glimpse into their early lives. I'd have liked more details about the physical relationship. That could have been more powerful, but Achilles is painted as a flawed man, perhaps his redeeming feature, his love for Patroclas. Patroclas is brave and loyal and in my opinion, the true hero of the book.
"Wonderful retelling of the story of Achilles"
Beautiful tale of the Greek hero and the siege of Troy, told by Patroclus Achilles' lover. The reading is sensitive and warm. Absolute perfection.
"A wonderful take on the Trojan war and lead-up"
This book was fantastic. It was beautifully written and read, and drew me in right from the start. I have to admit to not knowing much about this area of history/mythology, but it really brought it to life for me. It's written from the point of view of Petoclus, and starts with his childhood and banishment, right through to and following his death. It is written in a very accessible way - highlighting the relationships and emotions of the key characters and making them very real. I had a bit of a lump in my throat a few times, I'm not ashamed to say! Highly recommended.
David Thorpe is a very good narrator, and this performance is no exception.
"Inspiring and beautiful"
I found this deeply moving as well as elegantly written. The scene where the young men finally come together was so true! A masterly novel.
"Better than anything"
I was worried that this version wouldn't hold it's own against the book, having already read it and created what the characters look and sound like in my head but this was just amazing. The voice of David Thorpe sounds as young as I imagined Patroclus to sound and it did this amazing and sometimes very emotional book the justice that it deserved. One isn't better than each other, they accompany each other perfectly
Choosing a favourite character in a book is like asking a mother to choose her favourite child. They all have their moments and they all have their flaws. Patroclus, as the narrator, gives you his side of all events but can be seen to be childish and naive at some points however he does grow a lot when they are stuck in Troy. Achilles can be seen to be big headed and almost too sure of himself but he has such a strong sense of humanity that, as the book progresses and you find out his fate, you just want to almost pluck him out of the book and protect him. If I did truly have to pick one it would be Chiron. He teaches the two men when they are only boys and gives them almost a sense of normalcy that neither experienced before they stayed with him and never experienced again once they left. He helped them grow into young men and thought Achilles how to be properly human, instead of just a Prince and the Son of a Sea Nymph.
The emotion. Obviously when you read a book you feel the emotions of the characters as you read on but the voice of David Thorpe was heart wrenching at some point, especially emotional parts of the story. He added another depth to the original print book that I'm glad I haven't missed out on.
Their first meeting, their first kiss. Patroclus and Achilles first anything. Reading The Iliad along side this audiobook has really helped me add in anything that is missing and understand the characters as well as adding an element to the original epic that was only an undertone before. The ending always moves me because of how it's written but I won't say anymore so not to spoil it for any first time readers.
Even if you don't know the story of The Iliad I would really recommend this book, the way it is written and read is just amazing, something no one should miss out on.
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