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Saga Land

Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.

Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari Gíslason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland - the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages.

These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown. Together, Richard and Kari travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago. They cross fields, streams and fjords to immerse themselves in the folklore of this fiercely beautiful island. And there is another mission: to resolve a longstanding family mystery - a gift from Kari's Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors.

©2017 Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Iceland is the most beautiful place in earth

Listening to this book and having been to the country I could close my eyes and see the landscape.
Thankyou both for the amazing book

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Brilliant

Hard to do it justice in a review. A mix of history, travelogue and autobiography. Kari's personal story and family life is the beautiful personal touch this story needed to make it great.

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Hang on through the opening

I enjoyed this audiobook, it's definitely worth a listen.

Pros:
- A great way to learn about the family sagas, with a good amount of variation so you don't feel like you get stuck in a rut.
- The narrators are willing to open up about their personal saga, and their journey of discovery is an interesting one.

Cons:
- I almost rage quit the audiobook in the first few minutes as the two narrators kept switching. I thought if the whole book was like that my head would explode. The rate of switching gets better though, so stick it out!
- The pace of the narrative is a little odd. It crescendos at about 80% of the way through, and then the last 20% is mostly just day-to-day minutiae. It's not wholly dissatisfying, but a little anti-climactic. I think I can understand it though, in light of the family sagas being about families in antiquity often dealing with that same level of minutiae - and then occasionally outright murdering each other - so the ending of this book being about relatively normal family routines is perhaps apt.

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captivating

loved this unique book - history. geography. scenery. storytellong at its finest. Now the hatd copy

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Enjoyable personal journey and historial overview

I really enjoyed this dual narrative and learned so much about Iceland's history. Fascinating and spellbinding. what an opportunity to learn about your ancestors!!

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Just what I was hoping for

Really interesting mix of sagas and travel memoir. Highly recommend the radio series Saga Land.

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Amazing

Amazing!! I love Iceland and it’s culture, this book makes you feel some how connected to it even with out being there. Beautiful.

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Fantastic

Fantastic book that brings Iceland and the Sagas into the realm of all to enjoy

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A saga within a saga

A very enjoyable tale. A fine story embedded in a layer of traditional sagas and a great insight into the Icelanders’ psyche, past and present.

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Captivating

I was totally captivated by this book. Hearing Kari and Richard read their made it all the more compelling. The book made me smile, and made me cry.

I want to go to Iceland!!

Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.