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Odd and the Frost Giants Audiobook

Odd and the Frost Giants

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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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    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 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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    Amazon Customer Alvin, Texas, United States 09-07-12
    Amazon Customer Alvin, Texas, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Wonderfully Engaging Story!"
    What did you love best about Odd and the Frost Giants?

    It is a great story with believable characters, and a humorous look at Norse mythology.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Odd is a loveable character, and you find yourself rooting for him to succeed.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice charcaterizations are spot-on. We thoroughly enjoyed his re-telling.


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

    Even though Odd was crippled, he accomplished great things.


    Any additional comments?

    My 10 year old son and I loved this book. It was a great story, intertwining the lives of a simple boy and the greatest Norse gods. And surpirse! The simple wood-cutters son is the true hero!

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    Laura Falls Church, VA, United States 05-07-12
    Laura Falls Church, VA, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Listen!"
    What did you love best about Odd and the Frost Giants?

    Neil Gaiman is not only an amazing writer, but he's one of the best narrators out there. Once I begin, I just cannot stop. This story takes on Norse sagas, from the point of view of a kid coming on age. His portrayal of Norse gods is both hilarious and totally human. It's Gaiman at his best. I highly recommend it.


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    Xtine 01-09-12
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    "Odd and the Frost Giants"

    My favourite of Gaiman's audiobooks are those he reads himself. He has a wonderful voice for storytelling, and brings his already very descriptive prose to life. /Odd/ is not my favourite of his stories, but it is a good, quick listen, with an engaging story.

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    Rebel Burleson, TX, United States 12-28-11
    Rebel Burleson, TX, United States 12-28-11
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    "Cute Story, Good For Kids"

    This shouldn't be compared to Gaiman's fantastic repository of work. Odd is a cute children's story, excellent for the entire family, a good short listen.

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    Kcuy 12-12-11
    Kcuy 12-12-11 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the Absolute Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is well written and extremely well read


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The character's quirks and the element of what happens next!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is for all ages, it brings to life the pathos of the boy, the striving of the Gods and Giants and more than anything what it means to come home! Thank you Mr Gaiman, now on to Coraline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike MEDWAY, MA, USA 10-20-09
    Mike MEDWAY, MA, USA 10-20-09
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    "Highly recommended"

    A wonderful story beautifully narrated.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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