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Odd and the Frost Giants | [Neil Gaiman]

Odd and the Frost Giants

In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he's had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing winter is making villagers dangerously grumpy. Out in the forest Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle - three creatures with a strange story to tell. Now Odd is forced on a stranger journey than he had imagined, a journey to save Asgard, city of the gods, from the Frost Giants who have invaded it.
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Publisher's Summary

In this inventive, short, yet perfectly formed novel inspired by traditional Norse mythology, Neil Gaiman takes readers on a wild and magical trip to the land of giants and gods and back. In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he's had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing winter is making villagers dangerously grumpy. Out in the forest Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle - three creatures with a strange story to tell. Now Odd is forced on a stranger journey than he had imagined - a journey to save Asgard, city of the gods, from the Frost Giants who have invaded it. It's going to take a very special kind of twelve-year-old boy to outwit the Frost Giants, restore peace to the city of gods, and end the long winter. Someone cheerful and infuriating and clever . . . Someone just like Odd.

©2009 Neil Gaiman; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Oskar's Mom Tucson, AZ 08-23-11
    Oskar's Mom Tucson, AZ 08-23-11 Member Since 2014
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    "My 4 and 6 year old loved! Mom too!!"

    While we were listening on the drive to and from karate and soccer the kids would ask to stay in the car a little longer to keep listening. My oldest was disappointed at the end that we could not go and get the next one in the series (like say Harry potter). One warning in the beginning the father drowns which the details might be upsetting for my four year old so I fast forwarded a tad-and it didn't detract from the story not knowing how he died- and he is used to parents being dead as the set up for almost all children's books, and the orphan set up,

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shayla Moncton, NB, Canada 10-13-11
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    "As close to a lullaby an adventure story could be"

    A great story I've listened to again and again for over three years. I don't get tired of it and sometimes use it as a cure for insomnia. The luxury of being read a story when an adult! Gaiman's soothing style lulls me to sleep.

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    Marcie Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-03-12
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well, I listened to it while traveling. I enjoy that, and Neil's books are clever and entertaining.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Gaiman? Why or why not?

    I listened to this book because I enjoy Neil Gaiman's books and his quirky characters. I have listened to Neverwhere and The Graveyard Book as well. So far The Graveyard Book is my favorite.


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    J. Reardon 04-20-15
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    "Another great tale"

    Another great tale and his narration is always just right. It's told in a very cool tall tale sort of way.

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    "Loved it!"

    I was just reading this book for school and I really did enjoy it, though I am surprised! :) enjoyed it!

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    "Great book to share with your kids"

    It is often hard to find books I can enjoy and my kids can read. This one fit that mold for me.

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    "I love this story and so does my 5? Year Old"

    Thank you Neil Gaiman. You continue to bring joy to me and mine with your words and your voice. Thanks for reading to us!

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    Kat Thomas Virginia, United States 06-24-13
    Kat Thomas Virginia, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "When Neil Gaiman Speaks, You Will Follow"
    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Gaiman, though a professional writer, not a narrator, has the perfect voice to narrate his books. He differentiated the voices very well, had a good pace and, best of all, since he wrote the book, he knew how it should sound anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    A great story gets an even better performance. I listened to this with my kids and they loved it just as much as I did. It's the story of Odd and an adventure he goes on after meeting a fox, a bear and an eagle in the woods. I would elaborate, but that would take all the fun out of discovering a great story. Sometimes the best stories are not what you expect, so just trust me: This is a great story for anyone. Take a chance and let yourself be transported.

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    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 06-06-13
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    "Lovely Story has become a Favorite"

    What an odd story about Odd and his adventure with Odin, Thor and Loki. It's become a favorite that I love hearing over again. Neil Gaiman is the perfect narrator for his stories. His style is precise, light and exact in inflection. A perfect little story.

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    "A Viking Tale All Ages Will Love"

    I did this book as an Audible book simply because Neil Gaiman narrates it. Anything I can listen to read by him is always a treat.

    In this book, young Odd is a Viking out of sorts with his people. An injury to his leg prohibits him from going on a long journey - something most male vikings do - and his stepfather doesn't like him very much. As such, Odd decides to run away to his father's old hut out in the woods, but when he gets there, he encounters a bear, an eagle and a fox who have the ability to talk!

    Odd soon discovers these creatures are more than what they seem, and he is swept away on a magical journey to Asgard where he must defeat the Frost Giants or leave Midgard to suffer an eternal winter.

    This book is a wonderful coming-of-age tale told in Gaiman's unique storytelling. He's able to take Norse mythology and bring it to a modern-day telling without losing any of the magic associated with it and yet making it accessible to all ages.

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