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  • The Blood-Tainted Winter

  • The Song of the Ash Tree: First Edda
  • By: T L Greylock
  • Narrated by: Julian Casey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Raef Skallagrim wants to take the sea road. His ship is fast and sleek, his crew skilled and eager, and they will seek out new lands and win fame in the eyes of the gods. But Raef’s father refuses to allow the journey and when a stranger brings word that the king is dead and a gathering has been called to choose a successor, Raef must set aside his dream for his duty to his ancestral lands and his father. When factions split at the gathering, Raef finds himself mired in bloodshed and treachery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely epic!

  • By Julie B. on 02-12-19

absolutely epic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-19

move over uthred of bebbenburg theres a new star in town. this is seriously my favorite book I've purchased thru audible. I can hardly wait for part 2 and 3!

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  • The Dream of the Iron Dragon

  • An Alternate History Viking Epic (Saga of the Iron Dragon, Book 1)
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: J. D. Ledford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

In the 23rd century, humanity has been hunted to the verge of extinction by an alien race. When an exploratory ship accidentally travels back in time to Viking-age Scandinavia, the human race is given a second chance. Pursued by the power-hungry King Harald, the four surviving crew members join a ragtag band of Vikings as they pillage their way across Europe. To save humanity, they must somehow return to the stars. Thus begins a decades-long effort to teach the Vikings to build a craft capable of reaching space - a ship that will come to be known as the Iron Dragon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Huge Kroese fan. I approve.

  • By clayton p michaud on 08-17-18

This book is okay for an average sci-fi fan.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

however if you are a fan of nordic culture this book will leave you feeling very bored and disappointed. sadly the book could have been great but the premise and the characters involved will leave you scratching your head asking what's wrong with all of them.

  • War of the Wolf

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223

While Uhtred might have regained his family’s fortress, it seems a peaceful life is not to be - as he is under threat from both an old enemy and a new foe. The old enemy comes from Wessex, where a dynastic struggle will determine who will be the next king. And the new foe is Sköll, a Norseman, whose ambition is to be king of Northumbria and who leads a frightening army of wolf-warriors, men who fight half-crazed in the belief they are indeed wolves. Uhtred, believing he is cursed, must fend off one enemy while he tries to destroy the other. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the End

  • By Nicole Porter on 10-04-18

fate is inexorable

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-18

all ten of the series will go down as the greatest historical fiction ever written. gratefully waiting for the next book.

  • The Lord of Vik-Lo

  • A Novel of Viking Age Ireland - Norsemen Saga Series #3
  • By: James L. Nelson
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Having recovered from the wounds of battle and having won for himself a fortune, a crew, and a longship, Thorgrim Night Wolf makes ready to leave the Viking town of Dubh-linn for the long journey back to his home in Norway. But the gods have other plans, and Thorgrim and his men wash up in the small Viking longphort of Vík-ló. Thinking themselves among friends, they soon learn that the opposite is true - that Grimarr Giant, the Lord of Vík-ló, has reason to want Thorgrim and his son, Harald, dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC!!

  • By Robin Rains on 09-20-16

the past has a way of catching up to you

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-18

again another epic tale of the norsemen saga. literally could not stop listening to this. thank you james l nelson

  • Dubh-Linn

  • A Novel of Viking Age Ireland - Norsemen Saga Series #2
  • By: James L. Nelson
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Eager to return to his native Norway, Thorgrim agrees to participate in one last raid under the command of a man he does not trust. But the Northmen, he finds, are no longer simply invaders on foreign soil. They have become a part of the Irish kings' ongoing struggle for power, and, far from securing a means to return home, Thorgrim and his men are plunged into a battle for the throne of Tara - a battle that will test their strength and loyalty as none has before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as Bernard Cornwell

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-13-17

betrayal at every turn

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-18

could not stop listening to this. absolutely loved the underhanded actions and consequences. a must read

  • Fin Gall - A Novel of Viking Age Ireland

  • Norsemen Saga Series #1
  • By: James L. Nelson
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 359

For centuries, the Vikings have swept out of the Norse countries and fallen on whatever lands they could reach aboard their longships, and few could resist the power of their violent onslaught. They came at first to plunder and then to settle, an encroachment fiercely resisted wherever they went. Such was the case in the southern lands of Ireland. En route to the Viking longphort there, known as Dubh-linn, Thorgrim Night Wolf and Ornolf the Restless stumble across an Irish ship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tolerable with this trick

  • By Victoria on 05-10-16

outstanding

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

hard to believe but I enjoyed this more than the saxon stories. an absolute must read

  • God of Vengeance

  • The Rise of Sigurd 1
  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

Norway, AD 785. It began with the betrayal of a lord by a king.... King Gorm puts Jarl Harald's family to the sword but makes one fatal mistake - he fails to kill Harald's youngest son, Sigurd. His kin slain, his village seized and its people taken as slaves, Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him. Hunted by powerful men, he is unsure who to trust, and yet he has a small band of loyal followers at his side.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fine adventure tale

  • By Brother Adrian on 03-04-17

worth a chance

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

somewhat predictable flow. however the depth and detail is fuel for the imagination, hail sigurd

  • The Atlantis Gene

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 1
  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,775
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,793

Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Horrible

  • By Laura Roderick on 07-29-17

captivating story, lackluster oration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

I'm going to catch flack for this I know, but the readers voice is too feminine to take seriously

  • The Flame Bearer

  • Saxon Tales, Book 10
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,065

From the day it was stolen from me, I dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort had been built on a rock that was almost an island. It was massive; it could be approached only on land by a single narrow track; and it was mine. Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria's Viking ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia's Saxon queen, Aethelflaed, have agreed to a truce. And so England's greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So so

  • By Brent on 12-08-16

can we hope for more in the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

the worst part of this book is that this may be the last Saxon story

  • Under the Eagle

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 1
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

The first novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series. It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn't difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Roman Military Mystery

  • By Marie on 10-25-13

couldn't finish it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

no matter how much I tried, I was not able to keep interest. I'm sure someone will enjoy this work, it just didnt captive me.