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From the translator of the best-selling Poetic Edda comes a gripping new rendering of two of the greatest sagas of Old Norse literature.

Together the two sagas recount the story of seven generations of a single legendary heroic family and comprise our best source of traditional lore about its members - including, among others, the dragon slayer Sigurd, Brynhild the Valkyrie, and the Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok.

©2017 Jackson Crawford (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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brilliant

a great book and terrific translation by Jackson Crawford. its definitely worth listening to this book.
I will even buy the hardcover book.

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A fantastic and clear translation.

A great translation including a handy explanation of certain aspects at the start in the introduction. Fantastic and accurate pronunciation too.

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Excellent reading

The narrator is the translator, and a Professor of Scandinavian studies, so he imparts real emotional tone and inflection in all the (apparent) right places. Loved it.

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  • Erin
  • 07-08-2019

Jackson Crawford's translation is magnificent!

This is my 2nd book from him. I also 5 stared his translation of the Poetic Edda. He brings these stories to life with his correct pronunciation for the Old Norse names. The Saga of the Volsungs is stories instead of Poems (Like the Poetic Edda). I look forward to Jackson Crawford's translation of the Elder Edda in 2020-2021, depends on his other contractual obligations.
I highly recommend getting his paperback copy to go along with your audiobook. This will actually help you with the correct pronunciation.

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  • Zack Davenport
  • 06-02-2019

WELL DONE!

Dr. Jackson Crawford has outdone himself yet again. He has taken information that has been hidden in an ivory tower for years and adapted it for a modern audience. Thank you. Hackett publishing needs to offer more contracts for more books from this guy.

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  • Euryleia
  • 17-12-2019

Terrible performance

The content itself could have been interesting, and it may have been an accurate translation (I can not vouch for that), but the delivery was abysmal. The narration drones on and on and on in an inflectionless monotone. This is one of those instances where the author should never have been allowed to record the material, which surprised the heck out of me because Dr. Crawford's videos on the subject are actually very good.

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  • Milo C
  • 15-01-2020

Crawford just rocks

After watching Dr. Crawford’s videos on YouTube for a long time, and having read his books before, I decided to give his narration a try. It doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. Dr. Crawford is extremely knowledgeable in Norse mythology and the culture that created those myths. His explanations are straightforward but thorough, and quite enjoyable despite Dr Crawford’s somewhat lecture-y approach to his narration. An overall great companion to the book.

I do believe chapter 22 is misnamed; it should be “Description of Sigurd, killer of Fáfnir” not Siggeir.

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  • Sophia Rasmussen
  • 19-01-2020

Very good read, Jackson Crawford is excellent

I Love this book, took me back in time. Perfect blend of history, mystery and society of old Norse.

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  • M.Biblioswine
  • 16-11-2019

Fantastic

I read this in print a year ago and it didn’t do much for me. But this recording of the translation really brings it to life for me and makes it meaningful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-2019

outstanding

loved it, tells the stories well while also giving the reader enough details and outside information to fully understand the sagas and their contents

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  • Allison Parsons
  • 29-05-2019

Excellent

Great stories. Well spoken and well written. Shared this book with other friends who enjoy Norse stories.

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  • Tyler
  • 21-01-2019

Great story in a solid translation

My favorite Icelandic saga, and Crawford's new translation is solid, though odd in a few places, but that's typical of most of the translations into English. What's even more odd is that Crawford did the narration himself, and while a good scholar and translator, a professional reader would have been a much better choice.

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  • Arkhein
  • 25-06-2019

Great Book!

I really enjoyed listening to this book on the drive to work, though it did make me miss my exit ramp a couple of times. Jackson Crawdford is a great narrator and his translarion is very understandable and the story is gripping. Now I know eveeything I need to know about shaggy pants.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-2021

dull

if I came every time the narrator said "and everyone agreed" I would have enjoyed this book a lot more

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  • 10-09-2020

academic but enjoyable

the extremely dry academic start took a while to get past but the stories themselves were very compelling, and the history expanded upon was helpful.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-03-2021

Great listen

Loved it. I found the Poetic Edda quite a dry listen, this in comparison was brilliant.
A great collection of stories and history

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