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  • The Poetic Edda

  • Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes
  • By: Jackson Crawford
  • Narrated by: Jackson Crawford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 101

The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised!) and well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a 13th-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological, and literary importance, containing the lion's share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen I've been waiting for this

  • By Adam on 11-15-18

Norse Mythology spoken as it should be

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-18

I've been waiting for this since Jackson released his translation of the Poetic Edda, and I am not disappointed. His old Norse pronunciations and deep vocal tones help add a depth to a reading that delivers the poems in a way that encourages you to listen and envelops you in the atmosphere that surrounds the Norse gods. His added notes for each poem help add context and put the poems in perspective. There are one or two minor imperfections in his recording of the narrative, but I could be considered being too picky highlighting them, so you can forgive those, as this is really a well read and superb translation of the book and I consider this now to be the de facto audio version of the book.

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  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly whimsical

  • By Marius on 08-30-05

Enjoyable Knowledge

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Now slightly dated, but an enjoyable wealth of fascinating information, Bill Bryson takes you on his journey to discover how incredible it is to be part of this universe.