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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 2007
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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
    Shayla Moncton, NB, Canada 10-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    Gaiman spoiled me for most audio books since it's rare anyone can come close to the calibre of his performance. I've listened to this several times. The rhythm is relaxing and it brings back the pleasure of story time before bed when a child. It would be a great one for calming kids to get them to sleep.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marcie Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-03-12
    Marcie Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Gaiman"
    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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    Kat Thomas Virginia, United States 06-24-13
    Kat Thomas Virginia, United States 06-24-13
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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
    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 06-06-13 Member Since 2007
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Talia TULSA, OK, United States 03-11-13
    Talia TULSA, OK, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2007
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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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    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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    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 Berwick, NS, Canada 01-09-12
    Xtine Berwick, NS, Canada 01-09-12 Member Since 2011
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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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