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Perdita Weeks

12 Hours 9 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

April 2018

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'A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story,' this #1 New York Times bestseller is 'both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right' (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).

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.

#1 New York Times Bestseller -- named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, the Washington Post, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, Self, Real Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider.

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    Took me a while to get into but 1/4 way in - I was transfixed. Somehow her exile to the island and closeness to nature resonated beautifully in this lockdown period.

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  • Jackeline Pimentel

    Wow, I never thought that I was going to like this audiobook so much! Quality work! The characters, storytelling, voice actress. I will definitely listen again

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  • Rachel Horsley

    wonderful telling, i love the exploration of the inner life of circe.

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  • Abby N.

    One of the best books I’ve “read” in a long time. Completely and totally captivating plot and characters. Wonderfully narrated inner voice with thoroughly worked through problems and dilemmas. Loved. Loved. Loved. Maybe my new favorite book!

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  • Catherine S.

    Loved this story - and the narration was excellent!! Totally engrossing!!

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  • Sivan B.

    So good! The book was just wonderful; I liked it so much I bought her previous book to listen to as soon as this one ended--I wasn't ready to be done! The narrator was masterful. Highly recommended.

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  • Yenny C.

    My favorite book I love the narrator her voice was very soothing and gave life the the character I listened to it multiple times because of how well it was narrated

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  • Neil David S.

    Engaging retelling of Circe's legend from her perspective that I did not want to stop listening to. Beautiful story telling and excellent narration and characterization. The ending left me incredibly satisfied.

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  • Leah W.

    Such a great narration! Great book. Definitely recommend.

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