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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.

©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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Epic

A beautifully written book that takes you through three distinct periods of Chinese history. This is my second time reading the book and I’ve taken away something different each time.

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Simply magical

I loved Song of Achilles and didn’t think I could enjoy this more - but I did. Beautifully written, evocative and special. Don’t miss it!!

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Gorgeous!

Wonderful telling of the story as deep as the ocean and magical as Circe herself.

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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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Rich, beautiful re enchantment of ancient tales

An exploration of the gifts of mortality and the worth of being human, against the unchanging pantheon of the Greek Gods. Nuanced emotional intelligence within the depths of a finely woven knowledge of a deep tradition. Will return to this one again & again.

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A fascinating look at Greek legend from a female perspective.

Gentle and compelling, yet gory in parts. Very interesting philosophies about what the Greek gods were, rooted in the original legends with depth and twists added by the author. I really enjoyed how soothing the narrators voice was and it is apt to hear this as an aural tale in the way that tales were told in ancient times.

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Brilliant

I loved everything about this book. The story, beautiful writing and the wonderful way it is read. Such a great book to listen to and I love it so much, I'll probably listen again.

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Beautiful Story & Performance

Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, the writing and the performance. I could see the vivid scenes, the glowing gods and roaring sea, the hideous monsters and spells... I felt as if I were a child again, reading the Eneide, Odyssey and Iliad for the first time.

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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.