Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology

Downloadable Audiobook - 2017
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"In ‘Norse Mythology,’ Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki--son of a giant--blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor's hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman--difficult with his beard and huge appetite--to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir--the most sagacious of gods--is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people. Through Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : HarperAudio, 2017.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062663641
Characteristics: 1 online resource (6 audio files) : digital
audio file
Subjects: Downloadable audiobooks.
Mythology, Norse.
Gods and goddesses -- Fiction.
Additional Contributors: Gaiman, Neil

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2018 Audie Award Winner - Narration by the Author or Authors category; written and narrated by Neil Gaiman

2018 Audie Award Winner - Narration by the Author or Authors category; written and narrated by Neil Gaiman

Narration by the Author or Authors category; written and narrated by Neil Gaiman

Narration by the Author or Authors category; written and narrated by Neil Gaiman


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AnnabelleLee27 Oct 10, 2018

An enjoyable journey through Norse mythology. Many figures are introduced and Gaiman presents them with an eye toward continuity of character across different settings and situations. Most pleasurable is listening to Gaiman read his own work on the audiobook in which he deftly sets the mood with skill and humor. Suitable for kids (maybe ages 10 and up?) and adults.

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skdawson
Jul 13, 2018

A delight to listen to!

JCLAndrewE Jun 01, 2018

Neil Gaiman proves once again his mastery of "The Story" in this retelling of numerous Norse myths. Odin, Thor, Loki and others are brought to new life through his words. From the Norse Creation legend to Ragnarok, and many of the best stories in between. I would strongly suggest the audio version of this book, as Neil Gaiman is an excellent narrator, and it is such a rare treat to hear stories in the author's own voice.

SCL_BethZ Aug 10, 2017

Listen to this book - Neil Gaiman is an excellent narrator. I'm a long-time fan of the Norse myths, so was a little hesitant going into this book. I wondered how a fiction author would treat these real-life myths and whether there would be anything new to interest me. I should have known that Neil Gaiman would come through. He treated the myths respectfully and accurately, and managed to breath new life into the stories. Highly recommended.

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Bududo
Jul 08, 2017

I was only passingly familiar with Norse mythology. This set of very charming stories as retold by the author paint the Norse gods multi-dimensionally with recognizable character strengths and weaknesses. One can imagine the Norse in their long winters with little else for entertainment telling and embellishing on these and more stories.

ArapahoeLesley Mar 29, 2017

A very entertaining collection of old Norse myths and stories well read by the author.

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IV27HUjg
Mar 26, 2017

This author may be a great writer but listening to him is more than a chore I'm up to.

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