Written By: Madeline Miller

Narrated By: Frazer Douglas

Date: March 2012

Duration: 11 hours 15 minutes


“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist….A book I could not put down.”
—Ann Patchett

“Mary Renault lives again!” declares Emma Donoghue, author of Room, referring to The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War. A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes.


  • Kate Buckley

    One of the best love stories ever. Madeline Miller gave me a book hangover. I can't even start a new book yet; I'm still too in love... IT'S TOO SOON, PEOPLE! The narrator is a dream. I want him to read everything I listen to from now own. Sigh.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I love this story as much as Achilles and Patroclus loves each other. Overall just a very beautiful love story between Achilles and Patroclus. I felt their pain as if I were my own. The narrator had a very soothing voice, and the words from the book prevented me to stop listening.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I won't lie, I honestly came into this for the gay porn. I left with the feels. Straight up feels.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    After finishing this, I feel empty. 5/5, would recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Sean Z.

    Great book! The ending so frustrating I love it. I cared so deeply about the characters I just wanted to shake them to have them make the right decisions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Fru P.

    Enjoyable, Unique perspective on a story told many times. The human touch and the deep emotions motivating every action made the book a great, relaxing read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    This book made me feel in love with Greek mythology all over again. And fell in love with gorgeous Achilles! I couldn't stop listening!! The love story is so beautiful, the narration flows flawlessly and it just keeps you glued to it, making you want to hear more and more... Loved this book!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jonathan S.

    couldn't get past the depiction of adolescent sex.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anna G.

    I could not get enough of this novel. The narrator's voice takes you along Madeline Miller's unique and entrapping telling of the story of Achilles'. I fell in love with the characters time and time again and now find myself feeling that perfect emptiness one feels at the end of a particularly incredible book. A truly perfect balance of love and adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Terri D.

    Story dragged a bit. Didn’t finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Melanie Campbell

    Narration is very well done. I just found the story to be too "sappy" what with all the moon-eyes and fawning. It distracted from what could have been a good saga.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Colin Whitworth

    Recommended by a friend. Good book, gayer than I expected.

  • John W.

    the narration. was great. Very well told. The story was different and I was not expecting a love story. Achilles was the greatest warrior of all time and the "love story" didn't click with my understanding of the times, neither in army life nor under battle conditions. These men especially Achilles were brutal KILLERS and playing patsy grab ass just doesn't fit the type of men under those conditions. Additionally Achilles personality changed from a sweet thoughtful and caring person into an arrogant self centered douche bag and Patroclus becomes a great warrior in 1 day killing the son of Zeus. I think this unique view could have been more consistent with the original story (the Iliad) and still showed a lifestyle/relationship quite common with men of that profession. I just doubt these hardened killers were so kissy faced. Also I did not like the intro because it gave no clue to this being a love story with so little factual history. I would not have purchased this book (knowing what I know, now that I have read it.)

  • Debra R.

    A good, fast read. Enjoyable but Circe was better.

  • Anonymous

    Great audio book. Interesting take on an old tale.

  • DavidFrazier

    Really good book and interesting take on a very old Character

  • Faith A.

    This book will build you up just to tear you apart, an absolute masterpiece! I feel like there’s a bit of a slow bump in the middle but it’s 100% worth working through. The Song of Achilles will stick with you for a very long time</3

  • John H.


  • Jsagafi

    Beautifully read. Great story.

  • Bernie C.

    Great story and well narrated. It was hard to break away

  • Summer C.

    Captivating story beautifully read. I will look for more titles by the author as well as the reader.

  • Sarah M.

    Absolutely enjoyed it!!!

  • Carrie D.

    different point of view of troy

  • Laura C.

    This book wrecked me it was so beautiful. Make sure you’re in the headspace for weeks of emotions when you’re done with this book! Absolutely beautiful

  • Ceseley M.

    What a beautiful book. I want to read it again and again! And the narrator couldn’t have been a more perfect choice. 10/10 would recommend

  • Melissa M.

    Recommend from book tok and must say not very impressed it’s very slow and my ADHD can’t sit through it

  • Ursula P.

    I believe it was the narrator that kept me intrigued. He did an amazing job!!

  • Joshua M.

    Probably one of the best books I've ever read.

  • Sabra G.

    I should have done more research before choosing. In addition to the homosexual relationship that I was not expecting and prefer not consume, the story is slow and the narrator monotone. Couldn’t do it.

  • Bruce K.

    Wonderful. Superb

  • Amandaschneid13

    An incredible adventure and the narrator does great voices!

  • Anonymous

    One of the best books I’ve listened to and I go through at least a book a month for 3 years

  • Ray A.

    This is an incredible story.

  • Sarah K.

    A beautiful and tragic, yet morally nuanced tale of love.

  • Sivan B.

    I read her second book, Circe, first, and I preferred it. I think I just find the lives of women and their untold stories more interesting than tales of men and war. This book was well-written, thoughtful, and a great LGBTQ+ take on a classic. Some choices at the end surprised me (I won't give spoilers) -- some in a confounding way and others in a positive way. Definitely a great book, I just think Circe is better. The narrator did a great job.

  • Madeleine W.

    Absolutely incredible. Fascinating characters, beautiful writing. 10/10 recommend (though you might sob at the end!)

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic book that fills the gaps in The Iliad

  • Jennifer H.

    An amazingly beautiful love story. I also loved the narration. He did a brilliant job.

  • Nicolas V.

    What a surprise. Excellent story and great narration. A great twist on one of the oldest stories ever written.

  • summernatandlaurenlol

    Wonderful narrator, gripping language, beautiful storytelling

  • Brenda B.

    Wonderful book, wonderful narrator. Nuanced, multi-layered, a keen study of human nature, as well as one of the most famous of the Greek heroes.

  • Win

    Amazing story

  • Robert H.

    Interesting, but I didn't really think it was that well-written of a story. Didn't seem to offer how much new insight.

  • Mary R.

    Disappointing story compared to the previous book by Madeline Miller, "Cerec". It is much more of a love story than the adventure I expected. The narrator is excellent.

  • Kathleen T.

    Excellent story and narrator. Couldn’t stop listening at every chance I could

  • Tamika Y.

    Heartwarming, gripping novel, and great performance from the narrator.

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