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Circe

By: Madeline Miller
Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
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Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. 

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe's place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home. 

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe's independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from or the mortals she has come to love. 

Breathing life into the ancient world, Madeline Miller weaves an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation.   

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Madeline Miller (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Pure Magic

Wonderful weaving of myth from a relatable female voice recounting the superhuman stories through a very human wisdom. I did already know quite a bit of greek mythology but Miller's storytelling is so skilful that I believe if you knew nothing of myth the story and characters would be as alive and would pass on the mythological underpinnings along the way. Circe is a kick ass character and the story, being both contemporary and ancient, encompasses enduring human themes as well as contemporary social issues. I really enjoyed!!

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An absorbing book beautifully read

Circe comes to life as she did not in Homer’s rendition of her. She is a sympathetic character who’s story is utterly compelling. The language of the book is poetic, the writing a constant delight. The reader is perfect for character and story.

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Loved it

Loved it. Miller makes the old Greek tales relatable to the modern audience and revives what can sometimes be stuffy legends and myths in a beautiful way. Along with Circe's story we hear of the old Titans and their powers as well as heroes such as Achilles, Icarus and Odysseus as their lives touch each other. Beautifully written and well read.

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Captivating and Well Written

Perdita Weeks has the most soothing and captivating voice! Story was excellent and incredibly interesting.

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Slow start but overall good.

This was very slow to start and I thought I wasn't going to like it much. It did pick up and I started to like it when it got more into the witch side of things. The research is so well done with this book, all your favourite Greek Mythology heroes are included. It even linked back to Song of Achilles. I would love to see a book on Odysseus next.

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Wonderful Retelling of the Myths

Beautiful story, wonderfully read and engaging right up until the end.

If you love mythological stories or fairy tale re-imaginings, this book is for you. Better than The Song of Achilles (imho), rich in imagery and really, really entertaining.

Highly recommend.

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Fantastic storytelling!

Loved everything about this book and the storyline. Could listen to this narrator for hours!

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Absolutely loved it

Perfect story telling, love the accurate spin on greek mythology! would recomend! can't wait to read it again xD

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engrossing story, brilliant narration

recommended to me by Ali Edwards as one of her recent reviews & I'm not disappointed. Easy to get lost in the lyrical narration & story. A different view on the Ancient World.

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Delightful tale

Loved this book for its sweet retelling and weaving of old myths and legends into a personal tale of a long life

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