Poul Anderson has woven a rich tale from Norse myth. The style and pacing are excellent. Anderson has created a tragedy of Shakespearean proportion and knowing from the first page that it will all end badly, you are still swept away with the story and can't stop. Pinchot is truly one of the best readers and his style well matches the story. I had read the novel 20 years ago, but Pinchot's reading brought to the story new depths I had not realized.
Not the strongest entry in the Elric/Champion Eternal Cycle. If you are an Elric fan or of the Champion Eternal Cycle is it worth it. Part of this story was told in the Hawkmoon series, and now it told from Elric perspective.
I had read the previous books in the series and was happy to rejoin Clet Frede in Argentina.Unfortunately, Griffin's son is not up to the efforts of his father. The entire first segment (8 hours) involved merely recapping the last books. This could have been done in a 10 page recap. Instead, Butterworth has the characters talking to each other and recounting, multiple times, what has gone on before. He is also in love with Nazi ranks and uses every opportunity to throw them in, which makes the listening difficult. After getting through the first 8 hours, I hoped that he'd finally get on with the story. No such luck. About an hour in segment 2, I gave up.
If you like Gaiman's work you'll love this. If you are a fan of the classic tales of fairie, this is recommended. Basically a gentle fairy tale. While there is blood shed, the violence is neither the purpose nor crux of the story. A beguiling read and the author does an excellent job of reading.
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