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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,593 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Madeline Miller Narrator: Frazer Dougla Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Song of Achilles is a book I could not put down…At once a scholar’s homage to the Iliad and a startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist.”

    Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder

  • “A ravishingly vivid and convincing version of one of the most legendary of love stories.”

    Emma Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of Room

  • “It takes a truly gifted writer to make a song this old feel this beautifully new…Sharply written, cleverly reimagined, enormously promising…As with any story where you know the ending, what matters is the journey—this one is fast, true, and incredibly rewarding. A new song is born, and with it, an author we’ll want to hear sing again, and soon.”

    USA Today

  • “Among the virtues of Ms. Miller’s bold revisions is that she injects a newfound sense of suspense into a story with an ending that has already been determined. She redefines Achilles’ heroic ambition in his struggle to reconcile greatness with happiness.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “In prose as clean and spare as the driving poetry of Homer, Miller captures the intensity and devotion of adolescent friendship and lets us believe in these long-dead boys from whom sea nymphs and centaurs are not legend but lived reality. In doing so, she will make their names known to yet another generation, deepening and enriching a tale that has been told for 3,000 years.”

    Washington Post

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the March 2012 Indie Next List
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2012
  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012
  • A 2013 Chautauqua Prize Finalist
  • Winner of the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Isabelle | 2/16/2014

    " Very much enjoyed this. Was expecting it to be heavy-going, but in fact it was a real page-turner. Beautifully written too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by è­· å…‰ | 2/2/2014

    " SoA is like Twilight, but gay. instead of vampire and human, we have Demigod and human. however, the story flew fast and clear. though It's more a romance novel, the historical aspect was also enjoyable to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Trina | 1/21/2014

    " I have always wanted to read more mythology. I'm not sure that this was a good starter book though. I could have done without all the romance between Achilles and Patroclus because it took up so much of the book. What I wanted was more the Myth in Mythology. Having said that, I did enjoy the book. It really picked up for me as soon as they took off for Troy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Orla | 1/20/2014

    " Loved it. Great story, great imagination. Emotional. "

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About the Author
Author Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller grew up in Philadelphia, has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Latin and Ancient Greek from Brown University, and has been teaching both languages for the past nine years. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specializing in adapting classical tales for a modern audience. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Song of Achilles is her first novel.