©2009 Neil Gaiman; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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,
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.
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.
Well, I listened to it while traveling. I enjoy that, and Neil's books are clever and entertaining.
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.
Love this story. Basic, simple fireside tale of a crippled Viking boy who ends up saving the Norse Gods. My little guy and I have listened to it so many times. No violence either, he wins by cleverness. A good lesson. And it's funny!
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It's Neil Gaiman reading his short about Odd and the Norse God's. He wrote this I believe in 24 hours and it is fantastic and i really wonder if not the inspiration for How To Train Your Dragon.
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