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Kristin Lavransdatter Audiobook

Kristin Lavransdatter

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Publisher's Summary

The turbulent historical masterpiece of Norway's literary master.

In her great historical epic Kristin Lavransdatter, set in 14th-century Norway, Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset tells the life story of one passionate and headstrong woman. Undset immerses listeners in the day-to-day life, social conventions, and political and religious undercurrents of the period. Now in one volume, Tiina Nunnally's award-winning definitive translation brings this remarkable work to life with clarity and lyrical beauty.

As a young girl, Kristin is deeply devoted to her father, a kind and courageous man. But when as a student in a convent school she meets the charming and impetuous Erlend Nikulaussøn, she defies her parents in pursuit of her own desires. Her saga continues through her marriage to Erlend, their tumultuous life together raising seven sons as Erlend seeks to strengthen his political influence, and finally their estrangement as the world around them tumbles into uncertainty.

With its captivating heroine and emotional potency, Kristin Lavransdatter is the masterwork of Norway's most beloved author - one of the 20th century's most prodigious and engaged literary minds - and, in Nunnally's exquisite translation, a story that continues to enthrall.

©1997, 1999, 2000 Translation and notes copyright Tiina Nunnally. Introduction copyright Brad Leithauser, 2005 (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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"[Sigrid Undset] should be the next Elena Ferrante." (Slate)

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    Christina -- Audible Newark, NJ 05-26-17
    Christina -- Audible Newark, NJ 05-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A formerly famous classic few have heard of"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I work at Audible as an Audible Editor, so, yes! I would recommend this book to many, many Audible listener friends. In all seriousness, I loved this book for years, and recommended it personally many, many times in print before I had a chance to amplify it in audio.


    What other book might you compare Kristin Lavransdatter to and why?

    MY BRILLIANT FRIEND by Elena Ferrante -- serious, award-winning fiction in translation from a major literary talent.WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel -- deep dive into a historical setting in order to illuminate the point of view of a single, incandescent main character. JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte (as read by Thandie Newton) -- a novel (technically a bildungsroman) by a brilliant woman author, about the moral formation of a female character, loved by generations of readers.


    What about Erin Bennett’s performance did you like?

    Erin Bennett has a straightforward performance style that isn't overly dramatic; hers is a voice I could listen to for 45 hours with great enjoyment. She manages to convey the vicissitudes of Kristin's experience and all of the varied characters subtly but distinctively.. Also, she is spot on with the Norwegian proper names! Erin, if you're reading this: thank you! (I'd love to read your review of the audiobook!)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but that's just not the kind of book it is. (It's three novels in one audiobook, after all!) I see this audiobook as a meaty story that will reward listeners' time commitment with a rich experience.


    Any additional comments?

    Now I really want to go to Lillehammer!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TC 05-26-17
    TC 05-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing novel!"
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    What an unforgettable novel! It transports the listener to fascinating medieval Norway, but the characters, especially Kristin herself, feel as fresh and vivid as anyone you would meet in your own life. Kristin's long and complex journey of self-discovery moved me in a very personal way - the narration is perfect. Highly recommended!

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    Gail Seattle, WA, United States 05-26-17
    Gail Seattle, WA, United States 05-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Brooding Guilting Never Forgiving/Forgetting Ever"

    In 4,000++ Audible books I have never despised a character more than Kristin L. Trust me, you will get to know her to her deep wormy core via every guilty/righteous insipid hateful unforgiving thought encompassing almost all 40+ hours of vapid internal dialogue. She may be the most stupid, deeply disturbed passive AGRESSIVE woman ever brilliantly depicted in fine literature. Has a more selfish, impetuous HIGH DRAMA queen ever been depicted so deftly before or since?

    The author received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929 for this huge body of work. The work unveils and invites one to inhabit a long life lived in Norway in the 1300's. To me, the canvas of what life was like in this place/space time was reveled in one vision then one feeling at a time ~ like an artist paints a canvass a stroke here, a color there, shading there... You are sort of are born and grow up into the vision of being and living there in that then. In this, the work is breathtaking.

    Initially the writing seems fairytale juvenile. Then suddenly I'd be captured by a description of place and time so gripping and pure I'd replay and replay - then just enjoy a quiet awe.

    I should say that perhaps the most major character is the Catholic church of the time thus the sin, repent, pay, hate, sin, pay, never forgive even though forgiven. I loved many characters aside from Kristen. I kept listening as I hoped Kristen would just get over it (she never does) but because I listened to the dreary non-transcendent (imho) pestilent end, I did hear an hour of unforgettable prose I am happy I experienced. I learned a bit of what life was like in the middle ages in Norway. I don't recommend this book though if you can forbear the unrelenting sin and guilt of a horrible woman, there are gems there.

    8 of 21 people found this review helpful

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