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The King of Attolia

by Megan Whalen Turner

performed by Jeff Woodman


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The King of Attolia

by Megan Whalen Turner
performed by Jeff Woodman

Reviewed June 26, 2009.
Recorded Books, 2006. 9 CDs, 10.5 hours.
Starred Review
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2009: Wonderful Rereads

I've already raved about the three books about Eugenides by Megan Whalen Turner. As with The Thief and The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia gets better with each rereading.

In this case, I recently moved further from work, and have been listening to audiobooks on my commute. This is a wonderful way to force myself to savor The King of Attolia, as every other time I've read it, I wasn't able to read it so slowly! I did find myself lingering in the car a few times, and was frustrated that my own copy of the book is in a box somewhere, so I couldn't just read ahead.

Jeff Woodman does an excellent job reading, and you can easily follow the different characters.

I still don't want to say much about the plot of any of these books. Megan Whalen Turner's richly textured plots and subplots are what make these books better on every reading, as you notice details that escaped your attention the first time through.

The gods come into the story a little less obtrusively in this segment, urging Eugenides to face his destiny. The reader gets the sense that he will have an important role to play in political destinies of the entire continent.

I've started urging other adults to try this series. These books are among my all-time favorites, and go higher in my estimation with every rereading. Start with The Thief, and soon you'll be eagerly waiting, like me, for a fourth book in the series. Don't underestimate Eugenides!