©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
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.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I would definitely try another book read by Gerard Doyle. He did an excellent job. His reading kept my interest even during the boring and repetitious parts of the book. I am not sure if I will give Nancy Farmer books another try There is so much inconsistency. Too many things are implied. The main character Jack is listed as a child. At times his actions, thought and abilities are that of a bright ten year old. At others his actions, thoughts and abilities are that of a teenager. I found this confusing. Jack and his family are poor. They have to work hard to survive. The story has a part near the beginning where Jack has to put on nearly every piece of clothing he owns. He has to find lambs in a winter, windy climate. Then there is baby sister Lucy. She is seven years old. At that age she should be doing chores around the farm. But she is brought up believing and encouraged to believe that she is a lost princess. She thinks she was left at the farm, an infant with a gold coin. Her father continues to encourage this. Nothing her mother or brother say or do dissuades this. My question is this. How can such a poor family with a handicapped father, an over worked mother and brother encourage a dead weight individual? The climate, times, religion don't allow for the cossetting of a girl child. Jack shows such contradictions in feelings and thoughts about Lucy. It made me wonder about his mental stability. I had to work at not returning the book with the following scene. Lucy gets the slaver to do her bidding by having a tantrum. The same type of tantrum she used on her parents. The slaver laughs and thinks it is funny. Jack realizes Lucy can get into trouble by such behaviour. He suggests ways to protect her. Jack as usual is punished trying to protect her. Lucy continues to have her delusions re enforced.
More explanation about why Jack, Lucy and family are as they are. Better description of Jack's age would have been nice. Jack comes up to a complex situation. He overcomes it. No apparent struggle or growth is involved. Some of Jack's actions bring him to the brink of disaster. Again he overcomes them. There is the frequent repetition of things. I lost count on how 'sweet and beautiful Little Lucy' is. Yet most examples of her behaviour show a spoiled, self centered and annoying child. I got bored with Jack's frequent guilt trips about Lucy and her situation. It was Jack and his parents allowing Lucy to get away with anything and everything that caused the adventure. I got the impression that Nancy Farmer had minimal knowledge of the time, ballads and such. She took what she wanted and ignored the rest. She needed work harder on her fantasy world to keep inconsistencies low.
I enjoyed most of his characters. I think I enjoyed the Queen of Trolls the best.
No. The follow up book would have to explain and clarify too much. Jack has a lot of religious conflicts. His father appears to be Christian, his mother a old god related faith. He is learning magic from the Bard. He is introduced to Norse gods by his slavers. In some situations he is coping well. He keeps things separate without apparent difficulty. Then a few chapters along, he is having a guilt trip about religion, and magic, Lucy and more. Many of the supporting characters have emotional problems. These problems influence their behaviors. Nothing is done to help them overcome them. Then there is delusional Lucy.
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