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On the day of his daughter's wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice. His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory. Three years later he returns home, and his murderous action has set the entire family - mother, brother, sister - on a path of intimate violence as they enter a world of hushed commands and soundless journeys through the palace's dungeons and bedchambers. As his wife seeks his death, his daughter, Electra, is the silent observer of the family's game of innocence while his son, Orestes, is sent into bewildering, frightening exile where survival is far from certain. Out of their desolating loss, Electra and Orestes must find a way to right these wrongs of the past even if it means committing themselves to a terrible, barbarous act.
©2017 Colm Tóibín (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.
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By Grete Buck on 07-30-17

Compulsive listen!

Loved this book! The portrayal of the central characters of The Oresteia made vivid and accessible in Colm Toibin's beautiful prose - sympathetically narrated by Juliet Stevenson, Charlie Anson and Pippa Nixon.

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By Renu Kumar on 07-14-17

A lost plot

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It started so well. Early events described through Clytemenstra's monologues. Then it was as if the author did not know where he wanted to go with the plot. It started to meander and it was hard to remain interested in the book. The language is rather childish. Maybe, a novella like testament of Mary might have worked. Shame as it is such a great story.

What will your next listen be?

Rachel Joyce- The Music shop

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Juliet Stevenson was excellent

What character would you cut from House of Names?

A lot of Orestes and all of Leander.

Any additional comments?

It is sad, but I wouldn't try this author again.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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