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God's Daughter Audiobook

God's Daughter: Vikings of the New World Saga, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

One Viking woman. One God. One legendary journey to North America.

In the 10th century, when pagan holy women rule the Viking lands, Gudrid turns her back on her training as a seeress to embrace Christianity. Clinging to her faith, she joins her husband, Finn, on a journey to North America.

But even as Gudrid faces down murderous crewmen, raging sickness, and hostile natives, she realizes her greatest enemy is herself - and the secrets she hides might just tear her marriage apart.

Almost five centuries before Columbus, Viking women sailed to North America with their husbands. God's Daughter, Book 1 in the Vikings of the New World Saga, offers an expansive yet intimate look into the world of Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir - daughter-in-law of Eirik the Red, and the first documented European woman to have a child in North America.

©2013 Heather Day Gilbert (P)2014 Heather Day Gilbert

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    Beth USA 09-06-16
    Beth USA 09-06-16
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    "Engrossing Story!"

    I really enjoyed the audio of God's Daughter. The narrator does a lovely job of using different tones and inflections for the various voices - her Scottish accent is excellent and really made that character come to life for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Hoy WV 09-05-16
    Peggy Hoy WV 09-05-16
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    "Did Not Want It To End!"
    If you could sum up God's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, Believable, Educational


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God's Daughter?

    When Gudrid finally realizes she wants Finn more than any other man.


    What about Becky Doughty’s performance did you like?

    She has such a rich voice, and pronounces every word so clearly. She is not in a hurry, and yet puts so much feeling into her reading!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end! I did not want it to end!


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad there is a sequel coming soon!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna Stevens 03-06-16
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    "Vikings! great story.."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was certainly interesting and the narrator had wonderful accents!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the heroine was such a strong young lady. A lot of action, suspense and romance.


    Have you listened to any of Becky Doughty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes.. I found it once again, well done and her accent was spot on!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did get me a little tense at times.. It had me wishing for a better outcome than I thought was coming. Vikings were certainly tough and unpredictable!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Rightler 02-18-16

    Mother of 5, Grandmother of 10, RN (retired!), Avid reader, enjoys sewing, knitting and cross-stitching.

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    "Raw and haunting Viking saga"

    God's Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert is an amazing historical tale. Tenth century Viking history is a little-known world to this reader and I imagine to many others as well. Gilbert does a fantastic job, giving readers a seemingly realistic view of the Viking world. Characters that are strong and yet have the same feelings and failings as folks centuries hence. Compelling adventures of a people who need to rely on community and cunning to survive. Powerful messages of the weakness of the human soul and the hope that faith in God alone can bring. Vivid, detailed descriptions of a harsh and hostile life softened by the love of family and God. The audio version is narrated by Becky Doughty, who does a great job of narration. Having captured the essence of the various characters she gives them a voice of their own. God's Daughter is a fascinating, forcefully dynamic book that should not be missed.
    I was given an audio copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-03-15
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    "Good book, wonderful narration!"

    This book is an entertaining historical fiction with an interesting twist: it is told from the perspective of the mother of the (believed) first European child both in North America. No not Virginia Dare, but a Viking child! There are interactions and references to people you may have heard of (Leif Erickson, Eric the Red). If you aren't into religious fiction don't be turned off by the title - while the beliefs of the characters (Christian or not) is evident and partly shapes there actions and world-view, it is not a book which preaches to you.

    What really makes this book work is the narration. The accent and ability to effectively handle the very Viking names throughout really grounded the book - it helped you to really feel "in the story" as you listen. I would consider buying further books just based on her narration alone.

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    AmandaH 03-12-15
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    "I couldn't stop listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of God's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    God's Daughter is a fantastic historical fiction novel. The audio version was just as good as the print version. I couldn't stop listening! Great characters, great story.


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    Nancy Kimball Houston, TX United States 09-07-14
    Nancy Kimball Houston, TX United States 09-07-14
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    "So worth the second chance--an EPIC for sure."
    What made the experience of listening to God's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    It took me two tries to really get into this audiobook. I'm fairly new to the audiobook scene and brand spanking new to this time period, though I am an avid reader of historical fiction. But once I settled into the voice of the narrator and figured out I could adjust the speed of the playback a bit to fine tune it on my Kindle, I was able to begin to really tell the characters apart. There are a LOT of characters and for necessity of the story they are introduced quickly and they have historically accurate names which made it a little tough to remember who was who, especially if you let much time lapse between chapters. HOWEVER, I hung with it because the cover is so gorgeous and I really wanted to "get" this book. Once I settled into it on about chapter seven or eight, it was a great listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God's Daughter?

    Where do I even start! Hmmm... have to say was at the end when Gudrid gets the "revelation" about Finn. Can't say much more than that without it being a spoiler, but my heart was MELTING!


    What about Becky Doughty’s performance did you like?

    Once I got comfortable and accustomed to the accents, I enjoyed them and felt like I was living in Gudrid's head and world the whole time I was listening.


    Who was the most memorable character of God's Daughter and why?

    Gudrid. For sure. While I couldn't relate to her historical struggles of everyday life in a Viking camp, I could relate deeply to a woman wrestling with her identity, complicated relationships, and having to be strong all the time, even when you can't.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a reader that does well with women's fiction typically, and this title definitely had that flavor. I enjoyed learning about a time period I knew next to nothing about, and honestly had no interest in prior to this audiobook/story. That has changed now thanks to God's Daughter and I'm anticipating the next in the series, thought I thought this book ended well and was a complete story in itself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda USA 03-28-15
    Rhonda USA 03-28-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Slow story line, "

    Narrator was reading one word at a time in rote. Boring. I asked for a refund. Not a fun listen. Can't believe I actually listened to the end.

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    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 05-14-14
    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 05-14-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Christian feminist Viking historical fiction"

    This was a well-researched, deftly written fictionalized account of a Viking woman's trip to North America. It was interesting in several ways: the main character is a woman in a Viking setting, she is an actual historical figure - a ward of Lief Ericsson, and she is a Christian, having been raised under the Norse religion and converted as an adult. While the book seems at times heavy handed with a pointedly pro-femininst and a pro-Christian perspective that seemed somewhat incongrous to the Viking time period, this book gave us a lot of details about the Viking way of life, religion, healthcare, and traditions that were engrossing and interesting. I also found Gudrid's emotional waffling about her attraction to the several men in her life a bit annoying and unwarranted, but it would be realistic. At least she stayed faithful to her husband. The book is a quick, straightforward, clear read (and enjoyable listen on audiobook), with lots of peril and action.

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  • Susan Keefe
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    "A wonderful story about the Vikings."
    Would you listen to God's Daughter again? Why?

    Through our childhood history lessons we know of the tall, blond, brave, Viking men who travelled widely and fought fearlessly, we can all picture them. However, now, in a story, we get the opportunity to consider the women who were their wives and mothers, and take a glimpse into what their lives would have been like in those harsh times. For this story is based on a true character Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir who was the daughter-in-Law of Eiric the Red.

    It is set in the tenth century and has a very powerful opening with Gudrid, who is a Chief’s daughter, and training to be a seeress, witnessing a horrific act, one so cruel that it turns the young girl against her Viking gods, and sets her on the path to Christianity.

    I have to say, this is a wonderful way to learn about the Vikings and their history in a very easy to listen to story, which is beautifully narrated by Becky Doughty. The author has done her research well, and we are transported back in time, with Gudrid, as she travels the seas with her third husband Finn, who is the leader of an expedition which is searching for the legendary Vinland off the coast of North America.

    Gudrid, is, as one would expect, a very strong character, she is capable, caring, protective and strong for those who need her help, and yet she has a vulnerable side and is very beautiful which makes her the object of male attention. For a woman in her era, she has firm Christian beliefs, yet, although she follows them, she must obey her husband and follow the customs of her people.

    Being an animal lover, I especially loved the female wolf, whom she rescues, despite its reputation as a fierce predator, and the ways it repays her.

    Full of action and adventure, her story is one which brings into focus what life must really have been like for the people of those times, where the women needed to be as brave as the men and protective of each other.

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this compelling story. The life of this strong woman, ‘God’s Daughter,’ whose story has survived the passage of time, is brought to life again through the writings of this talented author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have to say, this is a wonderful way to learn about the Vikings and their history in a very easy to listen to story, which is beautifully narrated by Becky Doughty. The author has done her research well, and we are transported back in time, with Gudrid, as she travels the seas with her third husband Finn, who is the leader of an expedition which is searching for the legendary Vinland off the coast of North America.


    Which character – as performed by Becky Doughty – was your favourite?

    My favourite character is Gudrid. She is, as one would expect, a very strong character, she is capable, caring, protective and strong for those who need her help, and yet she has a vulnerable side and is very beautiful which makes her the object of male attention. For a woman in her era, she has firm Christian beliefs, yet, although she follows them, she must obey her husband and follow the customs of her people.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Full of action and adventure, her story is one which brings into focus what life must really have been like for the people of those times, where the women needed to be as brave as the men and protective of each other.

    Also, being an animal lover, I especially loved the female wolf, whom she rescues, despite its reputation as a fierce predator, and the ways it repays her.



    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this compelling story. The life of this strong woman, ‘God’s Daughter,’ whose story has survived the passage of time, is brought to life again through the writings of this talented author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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