Circe

Circe

Downloadable Audiobook - 2018 | Unabridged
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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.
Publisher: Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audio, p2018
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781549171772
1549171771
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Weeks, Perdita 1985-
Alternative Title: Circe

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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.

IndyPL_SteveB Mar 25, 2019

Gods, Titans, heroes, monsters, sex, war, tragedy, love, death, vengeance. Lots of vengeance. And of course, pigs -- because this is the story of Circe, witch of Aeaea, daughter of Helios, the sun god, and lover of Odysseus (“Ulysses” in some versions). *Circe* was a best-seller and deservedly on every best-of-the-year list I saw.

Told in first person, this could be just another rehash of Greek legends but instead is a spectacular, deeply moving, deeply *internal* retelling from the point of view of a woman. In doing so, Miller changes the story from heroism and revenge into the story of a powerful, immortal woman (hundreds of lifetimes of male crap to put up with) who is also an unappreciated daughter, a victim of rape, and a mother desperate to protect her son.

The book is beautifully written, with language as powerful and variable as the ocean. The observations of what makes heroes and what undoes them are like arrows from the bow of Odysseus. And the needs and tortures of being a mother are told in loving and painful detail. In fact, this novel turns the Greek legends on their heads, making the novel a story of *motherhood*.

The audio book reading by Perdita Weeks gets every drop of emotion and depth from the beautiful writing. I found that I was going to the gym more often, just for an excuse to listen. If you, like me, grew up with Greek mythology, this book is for you.

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