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  • Auteur(s): Madeline Miller
  • Narrateur(s): Frazer Douglas
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  • 4,7 out of 5 stars (2 149 évaluations)
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The Song of Achilles

Auteur(s): Madeline Miller
Narrateur(s): Frazer Douglas
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The legend begins...

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller’s page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career.

©2012 Madeline Miller (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

Ce que les critiques en disent

“[Miller] makes a persuasive argument for the timeliness of her subject. …Miller’s winning debut focuses on Patroclus, a young prince living in Achilles’ golden shadow. Miller also gives voice to many of the women who were also consigned to the shadows.” ( Publishers Weekly, Spring 2012 Preview, Top 10 Literary Fiction)
“You don’t need to be familiar with Homer’s The Iliad (or Brad Pitt’s Troy, for that matter) to find Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles spellbinding....her explorations of ego, grief, and love’s many permutations are both familiar and new....[A] timeless love story.” ( O magazine)
“A psychologically astute Iliad prelude featuring the heady, star-crossed adolescence of future heroes Patroclus and Achilles.” ( Vogue)

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If I could only have one book for the rest of my life it would be this one.

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The Trojan War gets Miller's masterful treatment

I LOVED Miller’s most recent book, Circe. Despite this, and the fact that The Song of Achilles was highly celebrated when it first came out, I was prepared to be a little disappointed by this audiobook. How could it compare to Circe, which was so masterful?! I was pleasantly surprised to find that the two were near equals. I knew little to nothing about the Trojan War and Achilles, so I assumed that his romantic relationship with Patroclus was invented by Miller for her book. A little research afterward revealed that the ancient texts could be interpreted as the two being lovers. The more you know! Frazer Douglas' narration was on point, even for the rasping tones of Achilles' mother.

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  • 2020-07-14

In awe...

This entire experience is poetry.
Madeline Miller’s words are so unique, making this the most soulful story I’ve heard in a while.
The narration is beautiful; voice, pace, inflections, all are amazing.
Definitely recommended.

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Incredible Detail

Madeline’s writing is inspired. It's more explicit than Circe and there were a couple times listening with kids around that I ran to my phone to hit pause. It's an incredible story and I couldn't stop listening!

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Wonderful

Expertly written and conveyed. Compliments to the author and all who worked on bringing this story to life! It certainly takes you on for a ride filled with emotions.

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Still sobbing

If you want a book to make you cry, this is it. Beautifully written and tragic. I felt so attached to the characters and was audibly crying and screaming at them through the story. 10/10.

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Quite Enjoyable

A great listen! Madeline Miller's reimagining of the mythological Achilles was a treat to listen to. She manages to make Achilles larger-than-life (which I always believed is how he and other Greek mythological characters were meant to be shown) but also manages to make him very human, with scenes that will certainly move you. It certainly conveys a number of the themes that the Iliad itself presents, and I believe rather well. As for Frazer Douglas' performance, it is nothing short of stunning. Every part drips with appropriate emotion and tone.

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Awesome book

Great book. Started of not sure because of the small letters but as I kept going, couldnt put it down.
The narrator does an excellent excellent job, I think this book is better as an audio book. The different voices and intonation make it even more interesting.

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Wonderful

Thought I knew this history of Achilles but this novel was such a treat to listen to.
The last chapter made me weep

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This is a perfect book

I’m not kidding. If you have not read it, you are wasting everyone’s time.

Hurry up.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2020-11-10

An amazing reinterpretation of a classic myth

Madeleine Miller delivers a beautiful and poetic interpretation of the myth of Achilles, told through the eyes of Patroclus, his better half. Well planned, excellently executed, it is as beautiful as it is dramatic, leaving the reader with a dull ache, wishing there were more.

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  • 2020-06-06

Outstanding!

The Iliad, written down some 3000 tears ago, was essential to Greek culture. However, very few today can read or understand the ancient language and the work’s form in rhyming verse is far from today’s preferences. Summaries of the plot make it appear convoluted and characters’ motivations are at times difficult to fathom.

With this carefully written work, the author brilliantly succeeds in conveying the appeal of the Iliad to a contemporary audience, in English, of course, and in the form of a novel. At least to a non specialist, the plot appears in perfect conformity with the source’s and, wonderfully, characters come alive with humanity.

The author chooses Patroclus as narrator. He sensibly relates events as they occur to him, with no knowledge of the future. Subtly, his perception evolves as he grows from boy, to teenager, to adult, etc. Amazingly, gods and centaurs are seamlessly blended in so that they appear perfectly plausible (somewhat in the fashion of dreamlike realism of some South American writers).

The impeccable audio version is truly performed, albeit without any irritating exaggerations.

This extraordinary work is warmly recommended to all.

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Quelques longueurs

Malgré quelques longueurs (batailles, par exemple), ce roman reste très intéressant et émouvant. L'interprétation (qu'elle voix douce !) rend Patrocle particulièrement attachant. J'ai vraiment beaucoup aimé la fin.

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  • Marion
  • 2021-08-06

A beautiful and bittersweet tale

It was my first book by this author (and this narrator) and I wasn't disappointed by either of them.
Madeline Miller's writing style is engaging and she writes beautifully. You get the same feels as when you read mythology but at the same time, she allows the reader to get a feel for the characters, she gives meaning and depth to their actions. I really enjoyed getting this glimpse into the tale of Achilles. An the fact that we see it all through the eyes of Patroclus made was what made it so good.
Frazer Douglas was a superb narrator. Some might not agree on this, everyone's different when it comes to listenning to someone read so this is only my opinion and other's might feel very differently, but the way he read the story broght forth the quality of Miller's writing and was very engaging.
So all in all, if you're looking a retellinh of a greek myth which gives you a feel for the actual characters involved in it, I'd say The Song of Achilles is a safe bet (as well as Madeline Miller's other book, Circe).

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  • 2021-05-22

Disappointing

Madeline Miller writes her books in the first person.
If the narrator is compelling, the result is great (Circe).
Sadly, this is not the case here. Patroclus is the most boring part of Achille’s story.
If you're interested in the mawkish sentimentality of a greek hero’s dull lover, this is the book for you.
If you’re looking for a fresh take on the Illiad, you can find better (Stephen Fry’s Troy).

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  • bethany
  • 2020-07-04

Beautifully Written Erotica

I loved Circe and was excited to listen to this. I don't shy away from sexuality in literature, but this is absolutely dripping. I feel like I'm listen to erotica and the storyline is lost. I'm half way through and debating if I want to finish. The performance is fantastic and it's written beautifully, but I need more plot substance.

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  • susan
  • 2014-06-11

Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

What did you love best about The Song of Achilles?

I was familiar with Greek myths- have been fascinated with them since my fifth grade teacher had lived in Greece and fueled my interest and imagination. The author does a magical job of bringing these ancient characters to life and making them human (even if they are gods or half-god).

What other book might you compare The Song of Achilles to and why?

Any Greek tragedy, this book has all the same elements-nosey gods interfering in human lives, conflict, hubris, a tragic hero....

Which scene was your favorite?

So many! I especially liked the scenes describing characters within the myths; Achilles and. Patroclus (of course), Odysseus, Agamemnon, King Menelaus, Achilles' mother-I really enjoyed her characterizations and the narrator's interpretation of their voices. The voice of Achilles' mother was deliciously villainous and hard to forget.

Who was the most memorable character of The Song of Achilles and why?

Patroclus because he wasn't as weak as people thought he was and Achilles because he becomes more that a one dimensional hero.

Any additional comments?

I have seen a few comments that describe this book as "homo porn" and "explicit". I would like to respectfully disagree. This book is set in a different culture and time-the relationship between Patroclus and Achilles has been discussed for HUNDREDS of years. This author isn't presenting some new fangled twist or a new interpretation of the story. If that makes you uncomfortable, then perhaps this story isn't for you. Any explicit sex scenes- hetero or homo- make me uncomfortable. I'd like to add that I am a middle aged, married, goes-to-church- three-times-a-week Christian. I am also someone who enjoys well written literature. The two main characters are in a committed relationship and the intimate scenes are more like the old movies where the camera pans up to an open window and the wind gently blows the curtains- things implied but not expressed. The plot is not based on these scenes nor are they gratuitous. They are important because they show the depth of their love and respect and this is really relevant towards the second half of the book and explains their actions and choices. I put off buying this book for some time because of these comments and am so thankful that I overcame my doubts and purchased this book. If you enjoy a beautifully written story (and a well narrated one as well) I encourage you to give this one a try. I'm glad I did.

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  • Delah
  • 2012-07-09

Excellent story/narrator

Very good story, very good narrator. Madeline and Frazer had me from the first sentence and didn't let me go. I was mesmerized. Madeline Miller's novel is a thing of quality and Frazer Douglas' voice was pitch perfect. I loved listening to him. I highly recommend this book.

BTW - I hesitate to even dignify this with a response but the reviewer who called this novel "Breathy homo erotica"... couldn't be further from the truth. This novel has no erotica in it whatsoever. It has no explicit sexual scenes. It does have a romance and the romance is very tastefully done.

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  • Cariola
  • 2012-08-15

Didn't Expect to Like It, but I Was Swept Away

I didn't expect to care much for this book as I'm not all that interested in Greek myths and heroes--but what an unexpected surprise! I am so glad that I listened to the recommendation of other LTers and decided to give The Song of Achilles a go. Once I started, it was impossible to put it aside--a rare enough occurence, but rarer still when you already know how the story will end. That can only be attirbuted to Madeline Miller's gift for storytelling. Gone are the sometimes stilted characterizations of the original (due in part, no doubt, to weak translations). While the heroes here remain monumental, they are also complex men whose thoughts and emotions are all too human. While Miller never lets us forget that Achilles himself is the son of a goddess, we also see within him the vulnerability of the human condition.

The familiar story is narrated by Patroclus, Achilles's best loved companion. The son of a king sent into exile for making a tragic but shameful mistake, Patroclus befreinds the admired Achilles at the age of twelve. Miller takes us through their upbringing at the court of Peleus and their training with the centaur Chieron and on through the Trojan War, where both eventually meet their final fates. She fleshes out not only the shadowy character of Patroclus but also Thetis, Achilles's goddess-mother, his father Peleus, Chieron, Odysseus, Menalaus, Briseis, and others; and she even manages to make the exhausting battle scenes thrilling.

Perhaps the best compliment I can give to The Song of Achilles is that it has made me want to reread The Iliad.

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  • Laurie
  • 2012-06-25

Awesome

Admittedly, I do love Greek mythology. As a high school English teacher, I teach the Odyssey in class, as well as many of the short stories, so I figured I would like this book. However, I really LOVED this book. First, it was extremely well read. I felt like I was listening to a bard of old telling the story. Second, the author sticks to the basics of the Iliad story quite well. However, she is creative with adding in details that make sense but we may have never thought of. I love how she wove in the different characters and even made Agammemon the jerk that I always thought he was. In the past, I had seen Achilles as a bit of a whiny baby, not wanting to fight due to a girl being taken from him. However, Miller makes us see the story from Patroclus' point of view and Achilles is far from the whiny brat of old. She changes the story to suit her characters, but it all makes sense with what we know of Greek mythology. I was so sad when this book ended and have already recommended it to my high school seniors as a great companion to our study of the Odyssey. Highly highly recommend, but especially if you like Greek myths.

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  • Ilana
  • 2012-07-28

A different take on the Iliad

While it does deal with the Trojan war and it's main participants, this is first and foremost a love story about Patroclus, a rather ordinary and not particularly talented or attractive young man, and the god-like hero Achilles. Patroclus tells us about his early childhood as a prince who couldn't live up to his father's expectations and his subsequent banishment, whereupon he is sent to live among a gaggle of boys trained to become soldiers by none other than Achilles's father. All the boys venerate Achilles for his great beauty and grace, for he is in fact the son of a goddess and as such possesses special gifts. Seemingly out of the blue one day, Achilles chooses Patroclus to be his close companion. Why he chose Patroclus, who had nothing to distinguish himself from the others, was shy and uncommunicative isn't made clear in the story, but nonetheless the boys end up spending most of their young lives together while a strong bond is formed, and eventually come to be lovers. When the war on Troy is declared, both Patroclus and Achilles are sought out by Odysseus to join the war effort. Everyone knows that Achilles is destined to be the greatest warrior of his generation, and everyone also knows about the prophesy which dooms Achilles to die shortly after having killed Hector.

Beautifully told, this story brings mythical characters to life and makes even fantastical creatures, such as a centaur and sea goddess seem absolutely believable as essential elements in the narrative. A very interesting take on a mythical tale, this made me badly want to revisit The Iliad—in fact, I almost wished I'd read it first to refresh my memory, but this is by no means essential to fully appreciate The Song of Achilles. In fact, it may be better to come to this story fresh because I know for a fact Madeline Miller took plenty of liberties with her retelling, which could bother purists. I wasn't particularly taken with the homoerotic elements of the story, but then I'm not a fan of "straight" romance and erotica either as it's all cringeworthy to me.

Frazer Douglas was an excellent narrator and added greatly to my enjoyment of this book.

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  • Nicole
  • 2018-04-24

Romance Novel as a companion for The Illiad?

First, the book was well written and well performed.
However, to call this book anything other than a romance novel is very misleading.
It's a love story - albeit a glorified one during a very interesting part of history/mythology, it is still just a romance novel.
I would not have downloaded the book if any of the reviews named it as such.
I don't feel like I wasted my time, but I do feel that something out of the romance genre would have better suited my time. It is a good book, but not one I would have picked.

So, beware, you will be getting a romance novel.

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  • cmliveyourlife
  • 2012-05-22

Beautifully written and skillfully read

What made the experience of listening to The Song of Achilles the most enjoyable?

How beautiful to hear the story of Achilles from the voice of his beloved, Patroclus. The writing is elegantly presented, believable and inviting. How I longed for the book to continue, continue, continue. A true classic.

Any additional comments?

Unless you are homophobic, the sheer beauty of the writing, and the tonal beauty of the oral reading, will intoxicate you and invite you to share an intimate story of love and longing and fate. Your own understanding of love will be enhanced by experiencing this book.

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  • jykgkg
  • 2019-01-29

More of a romance than an epic

The book reads like a romance novel rather than an epic. The story is engagingly written, but it focuses almost entirely on Patroclus' homosexual relationship with Achilles. Every event that transpires is seen through the lens of this relationship. The events themselves take a backseat to Patroclus' feelings and emotions. Had I known this was a romance novel, I would not have listened to this audiobook.

The performance by the narrator was well-done, except for female voices. The females mostly play minor roles, so this shortcoming doesn't significantly detract from the overall performance.

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  • L. Pose
  • 2014-12-10

Disappointing characterization, great performance

I had heard good things about this book, and it had been recommended to me, so I was definitely looking forward to it. Unfortunately, it did not meet my expectations.

My main problem with the book was the characterization and character development. In this story, Patroclus is stripped off the status as a great warrior he dons in Homer's Iliad, and becomes a shadow who will often dwindle in self-pity. He can't fight, and he won't even try to learn. And by the time the book ends, not much has changed in him in comparison to the time he befriended Achilles as a child, at the beginning.

The love story between Achilles and Patroclus did not have a foundation solid enough for me to become emotionally involved. Patroclus does not understand why does Achilles come to love him so much, so fast. Neither did I. Their story seemed like something out of a fairytale: beautiful on the surface, but lacking in substance, in actual development. The same could be said about Achilles himself.

Some things I did enjoy, though. Odysseus was fantastic. Some of the imagery was very interesting. And the narration was definitely very good, and what kept me going every time someone pointed out how Patroclus was pretty much useless and "could not fight".

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  • Jessica Ward
  • 2012-03-09

Old story. New telling.

What a remarkable achievement! The author expands the story of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus into a compelling book. Through this relationship, she adds life to the story of the Trojan War with its mingling of mortals, gods, goddesses, kings and heroes. Ms. Miller's prose is remarkable and unselfconsciously poetic. Homeric! Frazer Douglas does an intimate and perfect performance of the elegant writing.

AND I learned quite a bit about the Trojan War that I never knew or had forgotten!

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