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The Song of Achilles

By: Madeline Miller
Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
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Bloomsbury presents The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, read by Frazer Douglas.

The international sensation.

Winner of the Orange Women's Prize for Fiction.

A Sunday Times and New York Times best seller.

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son, Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles' mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfil his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

©2011 Madeline Miller (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Captivating." (Donna Tartt)

"Sexy, dangerous, mystical." (Bettany Hughes)

"Ravishingly vivid." (Emma Donoghue)

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Beautiful

As someone who had never heard the story of Achilles and merely knew the name, this book was a beautiful, informative and emotional surprise. The writing style made you feel all of the emotions and beauty of the love felt in this story and the narrator did an excellent job of performing each role and doing it justice.

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The best book I have read in a while

I could not put it down. Poetic, epic and perfect. Would read again. Originally witty quotes shared amongst friends drew me to this book, most notably "he is half my soul as the poets say". I was worried that these quotes might have been lost in a sea of uninterested writing before reading the book.

I very quickly realised that all my fears were unfounded. Every part of this book was well written. I won't spoil the story but the themes of unconditional love, honour and the dichotomy of determinism vs pre-determinism were interestingly explored. I think this is one of those books that will only grow more beloved with time.

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Great story, great narrator

Loved it, great narrator, so well paced. Constantly amazed at how the author breathes new life into ancient stories.

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A beautiful story

Madeline Miller has a way with words; her imagery really brings everything to life. I couldn’t not get emotionally involved with these characters

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Just okay

I found this kind of boring. Not nearly as good as her other book.

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Breathtaking and beautiful

Enthralled by Miller's recollection of Achilles and well narrated by Frazer Douglas. This really swept me off my feet from the beginning

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Patroclus and Achilles

Such a good story, I love reading retellings of myths and seeing where people can take them especially when looking at story that often get portrayed in a certain light. It’s always been odd to me when individuals will refuse to look at same sex couple as an option in history. And I hope books like this will help open people’s minds

Great story, great writing would definitely recommend and can’t wait to read more from this author!

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The Song of Achilles - an adventure with the gods!

I had heard a lot of good things about this book but at the same time has no real expectations! I really enjoyed the journey I took with Achilles but in particular Patroclus- through this mythological time and way I felt I grew to know them and their love story! I don’t have a huge knowledge of Greek mythology but I felt I learned more and understood some of the brutality, greed , pride and judgement that was a part of these times and made these characters who they were. I enjoyed this book a lot and will be reading more from Madeline Miller!

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beautiful

A beautiful adaptation of the story of Achilles, love it! I am so excited for more books by Madeleine Miller.

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Interesting story

A lot of hype around this book.
I found the story interesting and for the most of it engaging. Definitely some unnecessary chapters in my opinion.

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