The Silence of the Girls: A Novel

Written by:
Pat Barker
Narrated by:
Kristin Atherton , Michael Fox

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
24
Narrator
7
Release Date
September 2018
Duration
10 hours 45 minutes
Summary
A Washington Post Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, The Economist, Financial Times
 
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award
Finalist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction

Here is the story of the Iliad as we’ve never heard it before: in the words of Briseis, Trojan queen and captive of Achilles. Given only a few words in Homer’s epic and largely erased by history, she is nonetheless a pivotal figure in the Trojan War. In these pages she comes fully to life: wry, watchful, forging connections among her fellow female prisoners even as she is caught between Greece’s two most powerful warriors. Her story pulls back the veil on the thousands of women who lived behind the scenes of the Greek army camp—concubines, nurses, prostitutes, the women who lay out the dead—as gods and mortals spar, and as a legendary war hurtles toward its inevitable conclusion. Brilliantly written, filled with moments of terror and beauty, The Silence of the Girls gives voice to an extraordinary woman—and makes an ancient story new again.
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Sivan B.

I found this book a bit in the weeds for the first half -- lots of details that seemed unnecessary. But by the second half the story picked up and the details were fewer, and it got quite good. There was much I loved about this book, but overall it was not as good as Lavinia, Circe, or A Thousand Ships. The narrator was good, but she read in a variety of British accents. I thought that was a strange choice, as this story unfolded before Britain existed.

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Jeanette F.

The narrators did and excellent reading. Loved the story

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Kristyn L.

I couldn't stop listening. It was excellent and inciteful and so well read!!

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