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The Broken Sword Audiobook

The Broken Sword

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Thor has broken the sword Tyrfing so that it cannot strike at the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds together earth, heaven, and hell. But now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves in their war against the trolls, and only Skafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade Bölverk the ice-giant to make Tyrfing whole again. But Skafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard the changeling, who has taken his place in the world of men.

©1954 Poul Anderson (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    David S. Mathew 06-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Drenched in Doom"

    First of all, this performance is absolutely brilliant. Pinchot really hits it out of the park and I plan too look up more of his recordings.

    Second, some critics have called Poul Anderson called better than J.R. Tolkien and while I don't agree entirely, the comparison is well earned. Both authors draw from the same pool of Norse, Celtic, and Christian mythology, but Anderson takes it in a much darker direction. Overall, not one to be missed!

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    Tiny 05-07-16
    Tiny 05-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like beowulf..."

    Old English style. If you like beowulf you'll probably like this story... pantheon melodramatic characters and weird story telling. The narrator really likes pronouncing the H in wh words, whipped, when ect. I would not have bought it personally since not a fan of the style of writing.

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    Amazon Customer 03-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding!!"

    Exceptionally well written!! Such amazing word pictures! Don't start listening on an evening when you need to go to bed! You won't want to put it down! The readers performance is exceptional!! Story and performance together make for an outstanding experience!!

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    Josh 02-13-16
    Josh 02-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The Broken Sword conquers all!"

    Very well written and read. An instant classic. If your looking for another Fantasy story to enjoy look no further.

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    Mark FORT WORTH, TX, United States 01-22-16
    Mark FORT WORTH, TX, United States 01-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exiting and dark Fantasy"
    What other book might you compare The Broken Sword to and why?

    This is one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read. Fast-moving, dark, complex characters. It has elements of Lord of the Rings, and Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungen


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Pinchot is just amazing. His command of foreign accents, languages, and voices of the different characters, is astounding.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to read more Poul Anderson.

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    Michael John Mifsud Tokyo, Japan 08-26-15
    Michael John Mifsud Tokyo, Japan 08-26-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Great story BRILLIANTLY read."

    Enjoyable read. But the reading and voice acting really brought it to life. It was easy to know who was who by how distinct the voices are.

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    Andrew 06-09-15
    Andrew 06-09-15
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    "Great dark fantasy"

    This is like the anti-LOTR! Love the background of Viking mythology used here. This book has really flown under the radar.

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    Jose Alvarez 01-28-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A struggle to finish"

    I was determined to finish this book, but it was a difficult task. This book is very slow and full of unnecessary details that complicated the story rather than enhancing it. I found myself zoning in and out as I listened to this book, something I've never done.

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    Jaime 03-26-14
    Jaime 03-26-14 Member Since 2010

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    "If you liked Beowulf..."

    I started listening to this book and had to double check that it was, in fact, of modern composure (modern in this case being some sixty years or so, but still, more modern than 800 AD). It has the same sweep and feel of an ancient Epic, written and sung by bards, and in fact makes good use of alliteration and various techniques so that the prose feels more like poetry at times, an effect that is subtly highlighted by the talented performer. I rewound several times to relisten to descriptive swathes because the language and performance was so beautiful that I got lost in them. (And on the way to my car. I was so engrossed that I climbed two extra flights in the parking ramp and then couldn't figure out where my vehicle was. Oops...)

    But fear not, you who have not read the ancient epics! Though I have my own opinion of classics (favorable, read as many as you can, they really aren't that daunting), I know others find the prospect of an Epic a bit overwhelming. Don't. Really, don't. Things are easy to keep track of as long as you realize that troll = bad, elf = protagonist, humans = scapegoats, and gods = avoid at all costs if you hope to live a peaceful life. Not that peace is much to be had, because the bad mix it up with the protagonists, get the scapegoats involved, and the only hope of success comes with calling on the ones you hope to avoid.

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    Abby Normal 02-03-14
    Abby Normal 02-03-14

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    "Dark Fantasy and Brilliant Saga"
    Would you listen to The Broken Sword again? Why?

    Yes, I would definitely listen to this again just to hear a lot of the different verse and names.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Broken Sword?

    Skafloc trying to win his sister's love.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Skafloc was my favorite and definitely had a range of emotions and development as a character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book put me through a range of emotions through the characters.


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