The Song of Achilles

  • by Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing. As they grow into young men, their bond blossoms into something far deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned.

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Very good

I recommend this one warmly: I like what Miller does with Homer's story very much. Despite being a tiny bit suspicious about any attempt to read modern sexual categories into a world where they do not belong, I was won over completely by her telling of the love story: tender but not mawkish, and the scenes of lovemaking don't for a minute seem out of place. Thorpe is a good reader for the most part (his Patroclus stutters more than is necessary, and he mispronounces Iphigenia...), but the voice he gives Odysseus is very good indeed.
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- Nakul

A wonderful take on the Trojan war and lead-up

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book was fantastic. It was beautifully written and read, and drew me in right from the start. I have to admit to not knowing much about this area of history/mythology, but it really brought it to life for me. It's written from the point of view of Petoclus, and starts with his childhood and banishment, right through to and following his death. It is written in a very accessible way - highlighting the relationships and emotions of the key characters and making them very real. I had a bit of a lump in my throat a few times, I'm not ashamed to say! Highly recommended.


Have you listened to any of David Thorpe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

David Thorpe is a very good narrator, and this performance is no exception.


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- Katie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-06-2012
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd