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When We Were Vikings

Narrated by: Phoebe Strole
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Indie Next Pick for February 2020

Book of the Month January 2020

LibraryReads January 2020 Pick

Bookreporter New Release Spotlight

New York Post “Best Books of the Week”

Goodreads “January’s Most Anticipated New Books”

The Saturday Evening Post “10 Books for the New Year”

PopSugar “Best Books in January”

Book Riot Best Winter New Releases 

“Zelda is a marvel, a living, breathing three-dimensional character with a voice so distinctive she leaps off the page.” (The New York Times

“Heartwarming and unforgettable.” (People)

For Zelda, a 21-year-old Viking enthusiast who lives with her older brother, Gert, life is best lived with some basic rules: 

  1. A smile means “thank you for doing something small that I liked”.
  2. Fist bumps and dabs = respect.
  3. Strange people are not appreciated in her home.
  4. Tomatoes must go in the middle of the sandwich and not get the bread wet.
  5. Sometimes the most important things don’t fit on lists. 

But when Zelda finds out that Gert has resorted to some questionable - and dangerous - methods to make enough money to keep them afloat, Zelda decides to launch her own quest. Her mission: to be legendary. It isn’t long before Zelda finds herself in a battle that tests the reach of her heroism, her love for her brother, and the depth of her Viking strength. 

“A most welcome and wonderful debut” (Tyrell Johnson, author of The Wolves of Winter), When We Were Vikings is an uplifting debut about an unlikely heroine whose journey will leave you wanting to embark on a quest of your own, because after all...we are all legends of our own making.

©2020 Andrew David MacDonald (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Unexpectedly triumphant

If you enjoyed “ Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”, you will fine this story to be of the same vein. An unexpected heroine and a Legend of her own making.

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  • Susan
  • 31-01-2020

Too few star ratings

If I could give this novel 10 stars, I would! Every high school student should have this novel as required reading, including highly dyslexic students who could read it via Audible. The perspective of the main character is SO educational and the first person narrative creates so much power addressing so many areas of aspects of survival and compassion among handicapped people, their families, and the nature of other professionals helping them. Siblings caring for siblings without parents is a topic seldom addressed in novels. The entire novel makes one ask, who is taking care of whom? It discusses good guys vs. bad guys, and shades of gray between good vs. evil. It also makes one wonder who is truly handicapped, disabled people or normal people? Just a really great piece of modern literature!

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  • Dianna Johnson
  • 04-02-2020

Wow!!!

Best novel I have read in a really long time. Get it. Listen to it. Love it. You won’t regret it.

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  • LG H
  • 03-02-2020

So Good

There are no words, the is so well written, so well narrated, you will be doing yourself a favor by listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-2020

Pure garbage

Pure garbage! .... I don’t know why people listen to such garbage ...belittling and stupid !

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  • Helen Hebbe Tedder
  • 08-02-2020

A story that needs to be read...

A must read. Captivating from the first page. Zelda is the Viking we should all be.

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  • Sam I Am Pam
  • 01-03-2020

Wonderful Characters; Great Performance

I enjoyed this story of a girl enthralled with Vikings. She finds her strength and bravery as she tries to help others and write her own legend complete with a sage, a weapon, and a hoard. With special needs and a myriad of people who care for her, most of her personal business is out there for open conversation including her desire to have her first sexual relationship. Written in her voice, you get to hear how she thinks, and how she processes information. This is a story that reminds us that although very different, we all have strengths and weaknesses.

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  • Courtney Carr
  • 11-02-2020

Wow

I have never been compelled to write a review on a book, but good lord is this the perfect audiobook. Phoebe Strole is amazing, Andrew David MacDonald is amazing, and Zelda is amazing. Love it!

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  • SaraBearaBee
  • 11-03-2020

Narrator makes this no el come to life

I really enjoyed this novel. I’ll be frank and admit it to a minute to get into but not so much as to be a barrier. I liked seeing the world through Zelda’s eyes. It was equal parts freeing and frustrating given her condition but always felt true. She finds herself in a rough place of not being completely normal but also not fully developmentally disabled and it makes it hard for her to fit in either world. The read the book on audible and the narrator was incredible. She really made the characters come to life and it was a beautiful journey.

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  • Marylin M. Butorac
  • 15-09-2020

How much special-needs sex can you take?

A decent story. Treat special-needs people properly. But 2/3 of it is special needs sex. How do we do it? What goes wrong? Etc. etc. add nauseum.

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  • Jo
  • 09-06-2020

Foul language

I didn’t get very far. The foul language and men trying to take advantage of a special needs girl turned me off.

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  • Eber Soler
  • 03-08-2020

Excellent

Going straight to my list of favourites. Zelda, the Viking hero who conquers all.