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The Women of Troy

By: Pat Barker
Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
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Following her best-selling, critically acclaimed The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker continues her extraordinary retelling of one of our greatest myths.

Troy has fallen. The Greeks have won their bitter war. They can return home victors, loaded with their spoils: their stolen gold, stolen weapons, stolen women. All they need is a good wind to lift their sails.

But the wind does not come. The gods have been offended - the body of Priam lies desecrated, unburied - and so the victors remain in limbo, camped in the shadow of the city they destroyed, pacing at the edge of an unobliging sea. And, in these empty, restless days, the hierarchies that held them together begin to fray, old feuds resurface and new suspicions fester.

Largely unnoticed by her squabbling captors, Briseis remains in the Greek encampment. She forges alliances where she can - with young, dangerously naïve Amina, with defiant, aged Hecuba, with Calchus, the disgraced priest - and begins to see the path to a kind of revenge. Briseis has survived the Trojan War, but peacetime may turn out to be even more dangerous....

©2021 Pat Barker (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Gripping and brilliant, human and heartbreaking

One of the best books I’ve read in years. Do read The Silence of The Girls first.

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  • Frances Willis
  • 10-20-21

I felt I was in Troy!

Well, this was a fantastic book. So well written and brilliantly narrated by Kristin Atherton. I found it very compelling and was sorry when it all came to an end. I didn't want it to end! I loved the portrayal of the characters and this book so effectively conveyed the trauma, grief, sorrow and tragedy of the fall of Troy, but this time primarily from the perspective of its women.
It took me a while to familiarise myself with all the names and characters, as my memory of the Trojan War was somewhat lacking, so I found myself hitting the internet to gen up on who was who - but this is my failing, not a shortcoming of the book!
Please write another Pat Barker - maybe your take on the Odyssey?? Why not?

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  • debbieg
  • 09-10-21

Not a patch on the first book

Very complicated and stuck in the same way as the Greeks were - waiting for the wind to stop so they could leave Troy and go home. And eventually they did. End of story. Sorry but very disappointed

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-21

Fabulous

Incredible writing, incredible narration, Kristin breathes crisp clarity and flowing life into these characters, hanging on her every word. Also a shout out to the producer, the quality of the book is of the highest, and a delight to experience!!

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  • Aurora Aleson
  • 10-04-21

Great

As per previous book, The women of Troy is a great story told in a way that makes compulsive reading
what a pleasure!

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  • CNolan
  • 10-08-22

Nice story but wasn't invested

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-22

Very Similar to Silence of the Girls

Didn't finish it. Found it too depressing. Loved Silence of the girls couldn't wait to finish it. Didn't find the characters in this book likable.

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  • Adanaya
  • 08-28-21

MAGNIFICENT

There isnt anything else to say. l've had this for three days and already listened to it three times and will again

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  • Musical Anorak
  • 11-21-22

Good but overall, not as compelling as predecessor

Everything I loved while reading "The Silence of the Girls" in 2021, is also present here. The candid nature of the writing style, and my favourite Audiobook narrator, Kristin Atherton to name two.

I was glad to see Ms. Atherton narrating the entire book this time.

However, on the whole, I didn't find it as compelling as its predecessor. It took much longer to pique my interest - from chapter 23 onwards. I also appreciated the chapters from Pyrrhus' point of view.

There was a bit of unexpected audio distortion during chapter 33, which thankfully only lasts a few minutes.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-03-22

Very, very good!

I enjoyed 'The Silence of the Girls' so much I had to try 'The Silence of the Wonen'. It was better than I hoped for: excellently written, and excellently narrated.

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  • H
  • 07-18-22

I absolutely love this

The first and second book are both equally amazing I’d definitely recommend.

It’s so easy to picture the scenes in your head when these are read.

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  • Shelley
  • 10-22-21

Great story.

Good to read from a different perspective. The narrator however, was somewhat annoying in parts. Made me cringe more than a couple of times. Still worth a listen.