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In this inventive, short, yet perfectly formed novel inspired by traditional Norse mythology, Neil Gaiman takes readers on a wild and magical trip to the land of giants and gods and back. In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he's had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing winter is making villagers dangerously grumpy. Out in the forest Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle - three creatures with a strange story to tell. Now Odd is forced on a stranger journey than he had imagined - a journey to save Asgard, city of the gods, from the Frost Giants who have invaded it. It's going to take a very special kind of twelve-year-old boy to outwit the Frost Giants, restore peace to the city of gods, and end the long winter. Someone cheerful and infuriating and clever . . . Someone just like Odd.
©2009 Neil Gaiman; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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My 4 and 6 year old loved! Mom too!!

While we were listening on the drive to and from karate and soccer the kids would ask to stay in the car a little longer to keep listening. My oldest was disappointed at the end that we could not go and get the next one in the series (like say Harry potter). One warning in the beginning the father drowns which the details might be upsetting for my four year old so I fast forwarded a tad-and it didn't detract from the story not knowing how he died- and he is used to parents being dead as the set up for almost all children's books, and the orphan set up,

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  • Shayla
  • Moncton, NB, Canada
  • 10-13-11

As close to a lullaby an adventure story could be

A great story I've listened to again and again for over three years. I don't get tired of it and sometimes use it as a cure for insomnia. The luxury of being read a story when an adult! Gaiman's soothing style lulls me to sleep.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Talia
  • TULSA, OK, United States
  • 03-11-13

A Viking Tale All Ages Will Love

I did this book as an Audible book simply because Neil Gaiman narrates it. Anything I can listen to read by him is always a treat.

In this book, young Odd is a Viking out of sorts with his people. An injury to his leg prohibits him from going on a long journey - something most male vikings do - and his stepfather doesn't like him very much. As such, Odd decides to run away to his father's old hut out in the woods, but when he gets there, he encounters a bear, an eagle and a fox who have the ability to talk!

Odd soon discovers these creatures are more than what they seem, and he is swept away on a magical journey to Asgard where he must defeat the Frost Giants or leave Midgard to suffer an eternal winter.

This book is a wonderful coming-of-age tale told in Gaiman's unique storytelling. He's able to take Norse mythology and bring it to a modern-day telling without losing any of the magic associated with it and yet making it accessible to all ages.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant

It's Neil Gaiman reading his short about Odd and the Norse God's. He wrote this I believe in 24 hours and it is fantastic and i really wonder if not the inspiration for How To Train Your Dragon.

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  • Tina
  • Nibley, UT, United States
  • 12-14-16

Neil Gaiman is a story teller

Mr Gaiman has an incredible imagination and it seems to carry him off like a treasure seeking Frost Giant. I actually can not imagine any other narrator for his stories because only he knows where all the dramatic pauses and interjection nuances belong.

Odd grows up in this unusual tale. As far as Mr Gaiman's stories I believe he has better tales. This was short and enjoyable.

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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Well, I listened to it while traveling. I enjoy that, and Neil's books are clever and entertaining.

Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Gaiman? Why or why not?

I listened to this book because I enjoy Neil Gaiman's books and his quirky characters. I have listened to Neverwhere and The Graveyard Book as well. So far The Graveyard Book is my favorite.

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My favorite Gaiman

I've listened to this book more times than I can count. Good story, interesting characters. I listen to it at night when I can't sleep. It's gentle, interesting and has a positive spin. I wish I could find another as good.

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very good story

Nice and short just under 2 hrs which is great for work. looking forward to more

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Odd story

I loved reading the book to my son, now wecan sit and enjoy the audible version together.

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  • GW
  • 04-04-17

Good story

It is a good Great for kids and Neil Gaiman did a really good job