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3.00021939447126 out of 53.00021939447126 out of 53.00021939447126 out of 53.00021939447126 out of 53.00021939447126 out of 5 3.00 (4,558 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret George Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781429585897
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Daughter of a god, wife of a king, prize of antiquity’s bloodiest war, Helen of Troy has inspired artists for millennia. Now Margaret George, the highly acclaimed bestselling historical novelist, has turned her intelligent, perceptive eye to the myth that is Helen of Troy.

Margaret George breathes new life into the great Homeric tale by having Helen narrate her own story. Through her eyes and in her voice, we experience the young Helen’s discovery of her divine origin and her terrifying beauty. While hardly more than a girl, Helen married the remote Spartan king Menelaus and bore him a daughter. By the age of twenty, the world’s most beautiful woman was resigned to a passionless marriage, until she encountered the handsome Trojan prince Paris. And once the lovers flee to Troy, war, murder, and tragedy become inevitable.

In Helen of Troy, Margaret George has captured a timeless legend in a mesmerizing tale of a woman whose life was destined to create strife, and destroy civilizations.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 heather | 4/3/2016

    " read it when I was younger.... now listening to it at work. wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/18/2014

    " I learned a lot from this book, but it was quite long so I did find myself drifting a bit. Still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Silvio Curtis | 2/11/2014

    " Of the several novels I've read about Helen this year, this is the only one that covers her whole life, before, during, and even after the Trojan War. It incorporates a lot of scenes from Homer, and probably from other mythological sources I haven't read yet, but shuffles their chronology without any clear point that I could see. I thought the middle was weak. The myth is full of dramatic situations of all kinds and the book didn't convey the emotional intensity that they ought to inspire. The beginning and the end were delightfully imaginative, though, not so much in story as in details. The whole book is the kind that emphasizes detail, and is worth a try for those of us who like that, but not for people who don't like slow plots. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha | 2/6/2014

    " great author - i have read a number of her books - always interesting - she joins fact with fiction beautifully "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Sherwood | 2/5/2014

    " I began this book as an Audiobook, and the way in which the narrator read was the book was wonderfully bewitching. I was transfixed. Sadly, I had to return the Audiobook before finishing it, and so I continued via the book because I was interested in the story. I really liked the Helen that readers meet in the first part of the book, the part that talks about her time growing up in Sparta. My interest in Helen waned through the continuing pages though, never to return to its original level of enthusiasm, and this process began with her meeting of Paris. I never really warmed to Margaret George's Paris, and I was hoping for something more innovative and substantial with regards to Paris and Helen falling in love (beyond Aphrodite willing it). I also believe the story could have been significantly strengthened had it been shorter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa Catania | 1/27/2014

    " I knew the story, most of us do, before reading this book. Margaret George does an amazing job of taking us back in time and making us a part of their world. Because of her fantastic writing skills, the book is intriguing and irresistible. Unfortunately, her ability to bring this story to life also brought to life the controversial issues and situations in the story, making it hard to swallow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/18/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book, with the mythology and life in the day intertwined, it made for a good, enchanting read. But there were parts where I felt it just stretched it out when it wasn't necessary. And yeah it took me forever to finish but I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 1/13/2014

    " Interesting. best part is beginning of the book. It started to drag during the trojan war "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 1/11/2014

    " Ok, I did not actually read this book, I listened to it. But I loved the audiobook, the reader did an awesome job as Helen. Even though the author glamorized Helen a little too much for my taste, I enjoyed hearing the legendary story through Helen's eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pia | 1/11/2014

    " Learned alot about the greeks and this era "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 1/6/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all times admittedly because of my heritage! It chronicles the age long myth? of Helen of Troy, Paris, Agamemnon, Menelaus, Achilles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 1/4/2014

    " A complete about-face in characterization from Goddess of Yesterday, Helen is a very sympathetic character. Dreamy fare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracie | 11/18/2013

    " Little bit of a slow start but then I really got into it. Sure, some of the scenes between Paris and Helen were a little much but I feel like I learned a lot and it prompted me to read The Iliad, something I probably would have put off for, well, forever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Spurling | 10/12/2013

    " This was a really good, easy read. If you liked "The Other Bolyen Girl" then I think you would enjoy this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 7/3/2013

    " A brilliant telling of the story of Helen of Troy--"the face that launched a thousand ships." Beautifully written and totally immersive. You will be thinking about Helen, and her story, for days after finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila Starrett | 8/21/2012

    " Excellent historical references and fantastic storytelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 6/11/2012

    " Long, as all of her books are. This is the only book in which I've ever, ever liked Helen of Troy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Maria | 5/10/2012

    " Enjoyable novel. A fast,-and easy summer read, for those without much background in history, and wishing to learn more, in the context of a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/17/2012

    " The presence of the gods in the stories was well done by the author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gael Owen | 9/6/2011

    " This was a book my Book Club chose. It was okay, but I found it difficult to like the main character(s) and therefore was not able to "bond" with them or enjoy the book as much as I might have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haley | 8/25/2011

    " this book is amazing, it's my favorite book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Bridges | 7/8/2011

    " So glad I read this! Wow, Ms. George can get in a character's head like no other! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana Lee | 7/6/2011

    " At first I thought the mythology would not be that appealing - but I was captivated from the start. I forgot Helen was not a real person and was completely wrapped up in the story. I hate to be so trite, but what an improvement over Homer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hogan | 5/23/2011

    " Loved loved loved this book. George is super writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helena | 5/18/2011

    " It´s a great book! ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/8/2011

    " The presence of the gods in the stories was well done by the author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ronda | 5/4/2011

    " Intriguing book about the fall of Troy. It was interesting to read about their cultures, things they ate, way they went to war, beliefs in gods and goddesses. I enjoyed the ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 4/11/2011

    " I liked this historical novel because it gives Helen a brain beyond the "bimbo" image portrayed in mythology...very readable, and engages the reader in Helen's personality, character, and fate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/6/2011

    " A brilliant telling of the story of Helen of Troy--"the face that launched a thousand ships." Beautifully written and totally immersive. You will be thinking about Helen, and her story, for days after finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/17/2011

    " Very well written, with attention to detail. A tragic love story, told in Helen's voice. It at times dragged in the middle, but not enough to give on. I enjoyed knowing Helen, who became not just a woman of beauty, but a daughter, sister, wife, mother and queen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim | 2/3/2011

    " I really liked George's Cleopatra book but I could not finish this one, even on an airplane with nothing else to do. Very dull. I thought her dialog was terrible and the characters very boring. Disappointing. I gave up half way through. "

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About the Author
Author Margaret George

Margaret George specializes in epic fictional biographies of historical figures, taking pains to make them as factually accurate as possible without compromising the drama. Her bestselling Autobiography of Henry VIII continues to be popular, and The Memoirs of Cleopatra is the basis for the Emmy-nominated Cleopatra miniseries from ABC. All of her books have been bestsellers, with twenty-one foreign translations.

About the Narrator

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated dozens of audiobooks and has a prestigious Audie Award and two AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt. Eyre is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.