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Norse Mythology Audiobook

Norse Mythology

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Publisher's Summary

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman's gods are thoroughly alive - irascible, visceral, playful and passionate - and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarök and the twilight of the gods. Galvanised by Gaiman's prose, Thor, Loki, Odin and Freya are irresistible forces for modern listeners, and the crackling, brilliant writing demands to be heard around an open fire on a freezing, starlit night.

©2017 Neil Gaiman (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    "Beautifully​ told and read"

    A pleasure to listen to. Since this was my first time through the Norse myths, I was equally amazed at how closely Tolkien follows

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Mythology at its best"

    Enthralling mythology tails that keep me sitting in my car listening long after my journey home had finished

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Delightful!"

    The stories really begin from chapter six onwards, and then they are fantastic stories. Neil Gaiman reads them well too - very absorbing!

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    Charles 15/03/2017
    Charles 15/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Yes!!!"

    You will enjoy this book, and then it ends and you'll want to listen again

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    Shelley Gurney Wellington, NZ 13/03/2017
    Shelley Gurney Wellington, NZ 13/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A sublime retelling."

    A fantastic retelling of Snorri's and the Poetic Edda. Gaiman has a voice like honey and breathes life into the mythology like the poets of old.

    I will be revisiting these chapters again and again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter P. Whyte 20/05/2017
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    "Who doesn't love Thor?"

    Excellent and entertaining introduction to Norse mythology. Covered the major points well. You really wonder how the gods tolerated Loki for so long.

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    Troy Abraham 19/05/2017
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    "Great book! Fantastic narration"

    Neil Gaiman does a phenomenal job at illustrating the stories of Norse gods and goddesses and his narration brings great life to each character. A pleasure to listen, I wish there were more!

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    "Simplistic and boring"

    I found myself zoning out and often bored by the stories despite their brevity and variation. It felt childish and uninspired. Didn't bother to finish. Neil Gaiman's performance was lacklustre and didn't help.

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    Shawn 16/06/2017
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    "A wonderful rendition on the stories of old Gods"
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    Truly enjoyable stories. Starts slow with setting up the general history of the Gods, but when Gaiman starts exploring specific stories, it just get's better and better.

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    The Nautrual 16/06/2017
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    "Great entertainment"

    This is a great way to get to know the wonderful gods and giants and dwarves and serpents of Norse mythology with all the characters and their grand adventures. We know many of the names, now we can appreciate them in full colour, beautifully narrated real-life-like tales from a magical land far far away and long ago!!

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    2/06/17
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    "Excellent"

    I loved this, these myths do especially well as and audio book. Mr. Gaiman's faithful rendition of the myths are really good. I am glad i bought this.

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  • Amazon Customer
    31/05/17
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    "The Gods, Frail, Failing and LIkeable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a great and friendly way to become acquainted with the impressive mythology of a people who once adventured far and wide.


    What other book might you compare Norse Mythology to and why?

    Homer's Odyssey


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    The characters he puts on the stage, although bestowed with divine powers, have all the shortcomings of mere mortals. Their petty squabbles, foolish actions, deceptions and heroic feats makes you relate to them.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Gods; Survive against the Odds


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  • Amazon Customer
    13/04/17
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    "captivating!"

    i love the way Gaiman tells the story in his own way that makes the mythology come to life and gives you breaks to think about the reasoning behind why/how these myths came about.

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  • K. Bridges
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    10/03/17
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    "Amazing tales from the North"
    What did you like most about Norse Mythology?

    I love the way that Neil Gaiman has updated the stories and made them accessible, whilst still being true to the originals.


    What other book might you compare Norse Mythology to, and why?

    Almost like a book of fairy tales, but for adults


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favourite?

    Thor; I love the way he just wants to hit things with his hammer.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Watch out, the Gods are back...


    Any additional comments?

    I love anything by Neil Gaiman and this definitely does not disappoint.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • M. Davey
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    9/03/17
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    "Loved it for what it was."

    loved it for what it was. I just feel like it needed to be more cohesive but that's more about the source Gaimens writing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • AnnG
    Gillingham, United Kingdom
    3/03/17
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    "Norseome"

    Neil, tells the stories of the Norse Gods with ease and in his own relaxed style that, in my opinion, bring the characters to life in a way that relates to now, its current..and I, for one absolutely loved it...I've read all the classic tomes on North Mythology, poetic Eddas, Sagas, quite heavy going for even the most dedicated seekers of the Nordic Deities ..!
    I recommend pouring a large glass of mead, throwing a log on the fire, sitting back and be transported back to the world at it's very beginning with Ginnunganap, until its end with the coming of Ragnarok.
    Skäl! :)

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    8/03/17
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    "Great stories, incredible adaptation. "

    Of course Neil Gaiman is a great writer. But when he tells the story himself you can feel the personality of each character. I especially enjoyed the shift in Thor's tone from unintelligent and slightly playful to serious as the book progressed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Urban Fox
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    3/03/17
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    "Blood and ice and lots of mead!"

    Great myths, so many so similar to other modern tales and yet so distinct and rowdy. Made me want to go back to Iceland!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Draney
    21/03/17
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    "Excellent."

    Well consructed and narrated by Gaiman. Takes the old and makes them sound new. Very entertaining!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hydrazine
    21/03/17
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    "Excellent"

    I really enjoyed this as did the family who listened to it on a long car trip.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    16/03/17
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    "nice"

    kind of short. enjoyed the stories but as the writer said they are just bits and pieces. I would like something more fluent.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Grenz
    2/03/17
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    "A must listen"

    A truly excellent retelling of these Norse sagas. Superbly narrated. Worthy of the Gods themselves.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • leighisking77@hotmail.com
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    1/03/17
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    "Superb!"

    I have very little experience of the Norse myths and legends, so I have little to compare these retellings with. I really enjoyed them, you can tell that the author has enjoyed developing the stories and this shows in his narration. If you like the author you will not be disappointed. Will be especially pertinent to those that enjoyed American gods.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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