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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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A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read

I am ashamed to say I don't know my myths as well as I'd like to especially since my namesake, who coincidentally makes an appearance in this story, featured in one of the most famous Ancient Greek tales. So, where many of the names were familiar this was more an an enjoyable education process for me.

The story is of Circe, daughter of Helios and Perse, and witch of Aeaea. It is told through her eyes and covers a vast array of familiar Greek Gods and heroes over a vast time period. You don't feel the jumps in time though, I was impressed by how well that was handled as they felt very natural. I was entertained from start to finish.

For the audio fans: Perdita Weeks does a good job, she doesn't overextend herself to make character voices for the sake of character voices and narrates the story in a believable tone. There were a few minor instances where it went to a whisper for dramatic effect which made it a little difficult to hear when in the car but otherwise narration was solid.

The cover (UK/AU): The cover’s very pretty, I do like it from a design perspective but I'm not sure it sells the Greek Myth idea very well unlike the US version which I don't like as much. It has caught my attention many times prior to me picking it up but I didn't know what it was about until I did. So I'm a bit conflicted but I did pick it up so it's done its job.

In short: An enjoyable, well written account of an ancient classic that's bound to find its way on to many a tbr pile.

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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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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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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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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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A magical tale

Wonderfully written and beautifully performed, the story of a minor goddess, her travails, loves and banishment. ..I enjoyed it immensely.

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Loved it!

I cant stop telling people how much I enjoyed this book.
I love how all the old Greek mythology stories came to life. My only compliant is that it ended ;)
This is one book I'll listen to again!

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Absolutely loved it!

This story was absolutely amazing. It kept me interested from start to finish. The narrator had a beautiful reading voice. The writing was witty and drew me in emotionally. I’d definitely recommend this book! 10/10!

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Beautifully magical

I loved this story, it is a beautifully written and read story that brings the mystical world of gods and nymphs to light. For those who love fantasy as well as those interested in mythology

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An incredible reinvention

If you loved The Red Tent by Anita Diamant you will love this book! That too, was a wonderfully powerful story that tells an alternate version of a historically blighted woman. Perdita Weeks’ beautiful voice fits the tone of Circe perfectly, it was an absolute joy to listen to!

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  • 11-05-2018

Magical yet so real!

I can not emphasize enough on how much I loved this book and I am so glad that I got to listen to it. Madeline Miller has created an exceptional retelling of the story of Circe, the witch of Ayaya and Perdita Weeks breathed life into the narrative. Every single chapter bound me to its story and the concise, exactly on the point modulation of the narration transformed my living room into that island so beautifully described.

I was most excited about Circe's meeting with Odysseus that Homer wrote about in Oddessey. Not only did I get that story, the event was retold in a way that did not define the story of the goddess, it effortlessly enhanced Circe's might and character.
Circe was powerful and though there were so many events involving all powerful gods and mortals, the story never wavers from her. She is the one who drives the narrative and at no point what so ever did I feel her character lost in the story.

This is a story of the making of a powerful woman, a goddess, and extremely engaging.

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  • Bianka Walter
  • 11-09-2018

Best narration I've heard in a while

Circe is one of the many children of Helios, god of the sun. She is misunderstood and bullied for most of her life. This coming of age story lets you climb right into the life of Circe, and feel her every emotion. I absolutely loved the narration of this book. Perdita Weeks is effortless in her telling and she really made the book soar. Without her unpretentious narration, I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed this story as much as I did.
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys Greek mythology as well as character-driven novels.

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  • Bhrigu
  • 02-07-2018

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I was transported into the mythological world and could feel every bit of Circe and her predicament and could empathize with the bold choices she made.

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  • Mrs. S. Shayle
  • 26-04-2018

Outstanding

I wondered if this would be as good as Song of Achilles. In a word yes it is. It has quite a slow start where you can get lost in all the different gods and their petty vengeances. However once Circe is exiled to her island it becomes more profound and Millers descriptive powers are highly evocative. Better to listen than read.

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  • madeleine davitt
  • 06-05-2018

Brilliant

This is the first audio book I have bought. I thought the book was one of the best books I have read and listened too in years. It’s stunningly beautiful and outstanding in terms of the theme and tread of the story. It rates for me as the best book I have read in years. I will without doubt buy her other books. It was also beautifully read the reader was captivating. I would read and listen to this book again and again to remind me of what a good author can do. Thank you

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  • 15-05-2018

Good but not as Song of Achilles

Once the scene was set( took rather a long time) Circe's story was enjoyable. The narration was good as was the story..good but not great hence 4 stars.

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  • Muggie
  • 31-07-2018

Lacking main story thread

Enjoyed the book from a mythology point of view, but felt the book lacked a strong story line. Circe never really did anything particularly exciting...

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  • Penelope
  • 15-07-2018

Empowering story for women.

Loved it, the narrators reading of it evoked the Cerce personality really well. I hated the gods as she did, my favourite part was when she went to the island, and I felt myself running wild and barefoot as discovered the wonders of plants. I enjoyed how she described the vulnerability of being female but also how to use our strengths.

I have tried not to give the details too much to ruin the story.

One of my favourite audio books highly rexommended. x

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  • sliceandserve
  • 20-09-2018

Got bored, gave up.

I love a good, meandering sentence, and stretchy, detailed, paragraph... but I feel like the words were all a bit... flat. I listen to many books per month, and am always hoping for something outstanding, something extra-ordinary. Sadly, this was just ordinary. Which is fine. But fine is often boring. It may have been the narration. But imagine this wldve been seriously challenging for anyone to audio; its all a bit mouthfully and roundedly overblown. Anyhoo, felt monotonous and not going anywhere very much, particularly quickly. I enjoy stories crafted in this era of fantasy... but gave up. Left it halfway through chapter 6.

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  • J Ralphs
  • 18-09-2018

Wonderful

From start to finish I couldn't stop listening. I'm a fan of Song of Achilles and Circe did not disappoint. Gripping, beautifully written and sensationally performed.

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  • Maryme
  • 17-09-2018

I have to give it 5 star.

I was completely captivated from the start. The narrator had me spell bound. The story, as old as the hills with great reference to legend, and yet relevant to our modern world.

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  • ATOWER
  • 16-09-2018

Absolutely stunning.

I enjoyed this book so much. The story is beautifully written and read: the perfect choice of narrator for the endlessly vivid prose. Audiobook is definitely the best way to hear the story, can't recommend this title enough.

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  • Chris
  • 11-09-2018

Amazing

Utterly utterly beautiful. The humanity in this tale of gods is almost edible. I cried on the tube for the love and forgiveness, for the wonderful vision of life’s absurdity and how honesty triumphs over all...