©2004 Nancy Farmer; (P)2004 Recorded Books
I adore fantasy, British literature from Victorian days through WWII, mysteries, food books, and Young Adult fantasy.
I've been listening to this audio recording at least yearly for some time...I used to rely on the public library, but I am so pleased to have an Audible version now. The plot is fantastic and the delivery of the narrator perfect. The characters are robust and compelling. I just can't say enough good things about The Sea of Trolls and its two sequels.
It's a nice innocent child's fantasy book and even though I'm older I thoroughly enjoyed it after I got into it. After some of the more acclaimed fantasy series I found this one more enjoyable some others with a darker tone
This is one of my favorite books, and listening to it on audiobook has been even more enjoyable! The voice acting is phenomenal and immersing, just a fantastic job!
My son really liked this book, so I decided to give it a listen. I liked it well enough to go on to books two and three. Three is the most complex in terms of character, but that is also because the protagonists are older in that book. It's a strong series by a very creative author. Fun for young and old
wonderful, adventurous and Norse. I am listening to the entire trilogy. This books is a fantastic amalgamation of Norse myth, general fairy tale, and classic adventure. Recommended for any one who craves all things Norse.
The narrator was wonderful but the plot lacked forward movement and we found we weren't compelled to find out what would happen next, but kept hoping the wind would enter the sails.... good characters and not a bad read, just not a great one.
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First got this audio book in elementary school, now in college I'm reading Bewolf, remembered this book, still entertaining
Story felt predictable and the reader annoyed me with his onamonapias. Some of the characters were interesting but too many of them were idiots based on some screwed up preconceptions on what historical people were actually like. Not checking out the sequel.
The story is well written, the mythology is well developed, the characters have depth and variety.
That said I would caution parents to be careful about whether a child is ready for it. It is does not pull punches. Captivity is dreadful, berserkers are beyond violent, blood and despair are pretty deep in this realistic portrayal of life in Viking times (outside of talking birds and dragons, of course). Blood, and mud and guts and gore and death are everyday reality. Every once in awhile Jack stops and comments on a beautiful day but the tone is overwhelmingly gray. It is pretty darn scary. Consider whether your child will find this disturbing.
The other quibble I have is that neither of the primary female characters are rational. His sister tries to maintain a fantasy world where she the safe princess. The berserker girl is trying so hard to die like a berserker that, at the 9 hour mark, she hasn't yet shown any positive qualities at all. Maybe she gets to grow, in the last third of the book. Not sure I'll find out.
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