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Summary

From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. 

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe's place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home. 

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe's independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from or the mortals she has come to love. 

Breathing life into the ancient world, Madeline Miller weaves an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

  

©2018 Madeline Miller (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Outstanding

I wondered if this would be as good as Song of Achilles. In a word yes it is. It has quite a slow start where you can get lost in all the different gods and their petty vengeances. However once Circe is exiled to her island it becomes more profound and Millers descriptive powers are highly evocative. Better to listen than read.

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Brilliant

This is the first audio book I have bought. I thought the book was one of the best books I have read and listened too in years. It’s stunningly beautiful and outstanding in terms of the theme and tread of the story. It rates for me as the best book I have read in years. I will without doubt buy her other books. It was also beautifully read the reader was captivating. I would read and listen to this book again and again to remind me of what a good author can do. Thank you

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  • 15-05-18

Good but not as Song of Achilles

Once the scene was set( took rather a long time) Circe's story was enjoyable. The narration was good as was the story..good but not great hence 4 stars.

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Lacking main story thread

Enjoyed the book from a mythology point of view, but felt the book lacked a strong story line. Circe never really did anything particularly exciting...

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  • Penelope
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  • 15-07-18

Empowering story for women.

Loved it, the narrators reading of it evoked the Cerce personality really well. I hated the gods as she did, my favourite part was when she went to the island, and I felt myself running wild and barefoot as discovered the wonders of plants. I enjoyed how she described the vulnerability of being female but also how to use our strengths.

I have tried not to give the details too much to ruin the story.

One of my favourite audio books highly rexommended. x

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Got bored, gave up.

I love a good, meandering sentence, and stretchy, detailed, paragraph... but I feel like the words were all a bit... flat. I listen to many books per month, and am always hoping for something outstanding, something extra-ordinary. Sadly, this was just ordinary. Which is fine. But fine is often boring. It may have been the narration. But imagine this wldve been seriously challenging for anyone to audio; its all a bit mouthfully and roundedly overblown. Anyhoo, felt monotonous and not going anywhere very much, particularly quickly. I enjoy stories crafted in this era of fantasy... but gave up. Left it halfway through chapter 6.

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Wonderful

From start to finish I couldn't stop listening. I'm a fan of Song of Achilles and Circe did not disappoint. Gripping, beautifully written and sensationally performed.

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I have to give it 5 star.

I was completely captivated from the start. The narrator had me spell bound. The story, as old as the hills with great reference to legend, and yet relevant to our modern world.

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Absolutely stunning.

I enjoyed this book so much. The story is beautifully written and read: the perfect choice of narrator for the endlessly vivid prose. Audiobook is definitely the best way to hear the story, can't recommend this title enough.

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Amazing

Utterly utterly beautiful. The humanity in this tale of gods is almost edible. I cried on the tube for the love and forgiveness, for the wonderful vision of life’s absurdity and how honesty triumphs over all...

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  • 11-05-18

Magical yet so real!

I can not emphasize enough on how much I loved this book and I am so glad that I got to listen to it. Madeline Miller has created an exceptional retelling of the story of Circe, the witch of Ayaya and Perdita Weeks breathed life into the narrative. Every single chapter bound me to its story and the concise, exactly on the point modulation of the narration transformed my living room into that island so beautifully described.

I was most excited about Circe's meeting with Odysseus that Homer wrote about in Oddessey. Not only did I get that story, the event was retold in a way that did not define the story of the goddess, it effortlessly enhanced Circe's might and character.
Circe was powerful and though there were so many events involving all powerful gods and mortals, the story never wavers from her. She is the one who drives the narrative and at no point what so ever did I feel her character lost in the story.

This is a story of the making of a powerful woman, a goddess, and extremely engaging.

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  • Bianka Walter
  • 11-09-18

Best narration I've heard in a while

Circe is one of the many children of Helios, god of the sun. She is misunderstood and bullied for most of her life. This coming of age story lets you climb right into the life of Circe, and feel her every emotion. I absolutely loved the narration of this book. Perdita Weeks is effortless in her telling and she really made the book soar. Without her unpretentious narration, I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed this story as much as I did.
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys Greek mythology as well as character-driven novels.

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  • Bhrigu
  • 02-07-18

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I was transported into the mythological world and could feel every bit of Circe and her predicament and could empathize with the bold choices she made.