Circe

Circe

Downloadable Audiobook - 2018
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The daring, dazzling and highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Song of Achilles

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.

Published: Hachette Book Group

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WPL_Andrea Jan 18, 2021

I loved this telling about the goddess daughter of Helios. An enchantress, Circe is banished to live on a deserted island after she angers the gods. Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction in 2019 I was pulled into her story from the beginning. The writing was beautiful with images that stayed with me long after I finished the story.

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dariadanielle99
Nov 09, 2020

What an amazing tale! An ingenious, well-crafted Greek (post Estruscan) epic, recounting Autochthonic Titan and their children Olympian mythology interwoven with creative narrative. A runner up to The Alchemist classic providing a feminine lens through an ancient lineage of gods and supernatural beings. Absolutely my new favorite 🤩!

CRRL_CraigG May 30, 2020

A wonderful interpretation of the Odyssey and a few other mythological legends, all through a feminist lens.

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skdawson
Apr 01, 2020

An empowering story that turns a minor Greek myth character into an unforgettable force of nature. The narrator is also wonderful!

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quillty
Nov 17, 2019

Dazzling, absorbing, and brilliant.
I loved the narrator's tone in every sense. Possesses a curiously similiar vibe to the arch vulnerability of Humbert in Nabokov's "Lolita." Way cool.
I enjoyed being inside the female perspective, albeit divine witch nymph perspective, so sorry ladies...this is not any stripe of "feminism" that will teach me to behave better to mortal lady-persons. Rather, it reinforces the classic poetic mystery of life in the archetypal sense. She acknowledges that getting fucked (even by force) is the most natural and expected thing for a nymph. Consider her take on rape in the light of Camille Paglia. I loved this audiobook as well as the slight air of snobbishness that clouds it's superior literary sky.

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aestelzl
Oct 31, 2019

Unfortunately, unlike the book, the audio book is poorly done. The reader has no "feel" for the poetic language. She reads the book like a shopping list; when she slows down, her voice goes down and is hardly audible. She reads too quickly and her voice has little modulation. To do justice to the written word, Hachette should re-do this book with a different reader.

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skdawson
Apr 01, 2020

skdawson thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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