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Download The Songs of the Kings Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (255 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barry Unsworth Narrator: Andrew Sachs Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN:
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A thoroughly modern tale of politics, spin-doctoring, and media manipulation. As the harsh wind holds the Greek fleet trapped in the straits at Aulis, frustration and political impotence turn into a desire for the blood of a young and innocent woman - blood that will appease the gods and allow the troops to set sail. And when Iphigeneia, Agamemnon's beloved daughter, is brought to the coast under false pretences, it looks as if the ships will soon be on their way. But can a father really go to these lengths to secure political victory? And can a daughter willingly give up her life for the worldly ambitions of her father?

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leigh | 10/17/2013

    " About the weeks before the Greeks sail for Troy and the sacrifice of Iphigeneia. Well-imagined, but not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 10/13/2013

    " not a great book, but a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 10/8/2013

    " I am much too much of a Homeric purist to really love this, but I didn't completely hate it either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 janis | 6/6/2013

    " fascinating re-telling of the Iliad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Hill | 2/27/2013

    " More Unsworth genius. A captivating read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 2/16/2013

    " I really liked all the Greek stories (thanks to high school enlish and Crystle Martin). This was an interesting re-telling of the pre-illiad period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/12/2013

    " Really enjoyable re-telling of the story of Iphigeneia. As a classics geek, I really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy St. Clair | 12/16/2012

    " i just love this guy's work. he writes historical fiction with an englishman's eye for wit and you really care about the characters. there's always a great plot to drag you along, too. this one is no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jess7ica | 7/2/2012

    " Political Satire of George W. and Congresses decision to start the war on terrorism couched in Greek mythology. Awseome! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maia | 5/14/2012

    " I had to read this for school. It's the same story of Iphigeneia told in more modern language. I was entertained while reading it. If I absolutely have to study this particular Greek play, then this is the one to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ehren Gresehover | 2/12/2012

    " Expands on the sacrifice of Iphigemeneia, and treats it like a political pot-boiler. Gives a sort of creation myth for propaganda and media relations. Perhaps a bit facile, but I was really intrigued, and I liked the clean prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chantel Acevedo | 2/5/2012

    " Good Lord, I love Barry Unsworth. This is a retelling of the Iphigenia story and the Greek kings and warriors who shaped her fate. Wonderful and surprising right to the end, making the reader question the story we thought we knew. "

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About the Author
Author Barry Unsworth

Barry Unsworth (1930–2012) was a British novelist who wrote historical fiction. He won the Booker Prize with Sacred Hunger and was shortlisted for Pascali’s Island and Morality Play. He published seventeen novels to critical acclaim.

About the Narrator

Andrew Sachs may be best known as Manuel from the BBC show Fawlty Towers, starring John Cleese. His recent roles include guest appearances on Silent Witness, Doctors, and Holby City.