House of Names

  • by Colm Tóibín
  • Narrated by Juliet Stevenson, Charlie Anson, Pippa Nixon
  • 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the day of his daughter's wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice. His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory. Three years later he returns home, and his murderous action has set the entire family - mother, brother, sister - on a path of intimate violence as they enter a world of hushed commands and soundless journeys through the palace's dungeons and bedchambers. As his wife seeks his death, his daughter, Electra, is the silent observer of the family's game of innocence while his son, Orestes, is sent into bewildering, frightening exile where survival is far from certain. Out of their desolating loss, Electra and Orestes must find a way to right these wrongs of the past even if it means committing themselves to a terrible, barbarous act.

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Compulsive listen!

Loved this book! The portrayal of the central characters of The Oresteia made vivid and accessible in Colm Toibin's beautiful prose - sympathetically narrated by Juliet Stevenson, Charlie Anson and Pippa Nixon.
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- Grete Buck

Very strange

If you are looking for a Greek Epic or at least a part of one don't procede any further. I wanted exactly that; a Greek story of myth and legend which inspires and engages instead I got a lack lustre story which goes nowhere in particular via disinterest with random story lines which have only tenuous relationships with each other for no apparent purpose. Nothing really happens apart from Arestes being used then the whole thing strangly ends mid sentence. No sense of conclusion, not even the merest breath of one. Decidedly strange.
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- Mrs. H. L. Rider

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-05-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd.