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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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Stunning, beautifully written epic

This book really blew me away. A story of love, adventure and loss. I read Circe first, and this is probably even better. The character development is exquisite, the plot is beautifully written and the familiar story is told from a surprising new angle.
(I usually do laundry/chores while I listen, but there were numerous occasions during this sorry when I just stood frozen to the spot listening - it’s so mesmerising!)

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Loved it

This book was gifted to me and I honestly thought it was going to be just another gay coming of age story, but it was so much more, I wanted to pull the characters from the pages and make them real. This is now one of my top 5 and I would recommend to anyone!

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A compelling story wonderfully narrated

Having read the Iliad, I knew what the ultimate outcome of this story would be. And yet I did not know the journey would be so beautiful, so tragic, so utterly compelling. This is such a wonderful retelling of a story that many of us will know; using original material combined with creativity to imagine what life would have been like for Patroclus. He is such an interesting character, his actions change the outcome of the war and yet in many ways, he is overlooked. Getting to read this story from his point of view was wonderful and my words aren't doing it justice. I thought the narration of this title was good, the characters had distinct voices and the emotion of the story came across very well. I spent the last hour sobbing, but I know I will listen to this again.

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It’s beautiful, people.

I have listened to a LOT of audiobooks and rarely have I been as emotionally invested as I was with this. Apologies to all TFL customers who had to witness me crying with joy/pain/relief on the tube whilst listening to it.

I knew the myth beforehand, so knew some of what was coming, and was still utterly hooked and surprised. Huge congratulations to the author and narrator.

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Brilliant

I loved listening to Circe and I loved listening to this. Such a moving story and so interesting to hear all about the Greek mythology. I'm going to re-listen now and I urge you to listen too!

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Beautiful!

One of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. One of the best books I have ever read, and the audio almost beats the book.
The narrator draws you in, so you are almost in the book with the characters. The descriptions, the characters were just perfect. I would recommend this book, and re-listen over again.

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loved it

Loved the narration, thought the narrator did very well with all the voices involved. Scared the wits out of me with his portrayal of Thetis. Beautiful story too and richly written, lovely to listen to.

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I loved it, amazing

I loved it, best thing I've ever read, the tragedy and romance are just😙👌🏼

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If you're thinking of skipping this book- don't

It almost brought The Iliad into the 21st Century. Beautifully written, wonderfully read. 10/10. I started listening during work hours because I was so caught up with the story so sorry to all my clients but Patrochilles needed my attention more

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A beautiful story

This has got to be one of the most beautiful books I have ever heard. Frazer Douglas performs this amazing story with such emotion, passion and skill that it is breathtaking. As soon as I had finished listening to this book I wanted to hear the story again!! I absolutely loved it. Madeline Miller is a truly gifted and brilliant writer, "The Song of Achilles" is an inspiration..... totally beautiful.

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  • 29-08-21

Gorgeous prose and strong storytelling

Narrator has such skill in weaving the story. Reccomended this highly story highly and I listened to the whole thing in 3 days.

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  • 21-01-22

Beautiful Narration

Love Madeline Miller's writing style and the reader ( Frazer Doughlas ) nailed every characters intonations !!! would repear on the listen

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  • 11-01-22

Beautiful

Oh the drama of the gods, the theatre of ancient Greece. I loved the every second.

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  • 29-10-21

Book Tok was right

I need a year to emotionally recover but I loved it 😭😭 Frazer Douglas brought the story to life and it was perfect.

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  • 04-10-21

Amazing! Loved every minute!

Absolutely worth listening to! It is well written and well read. Would definitely recommend it.