Norse Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Norse Folklore Including Fairy Tales, Legends, Sagas and Myths of the Norse Gods and Heroes

Narrated by: Dryw McArthur
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Explore captivating myths of the Norse Gods and heroes

The stories from Norse mythology linger in our culture today. Four days of our week are named after members of the Norse pantheon (Tyr, Woden [Odin], Thor, and Frigg). Wagner’s Ring Cycle has kept one version of one of the great Norse stories alive in the minds of music lovers. Fans of modern fantasy will find many echoes of the Norse tales as well. Something in these old and puzzling stories still has the power to move and unsettle us and to inspire new acts of creation.  

This audiobook will give you a brief introduction to some of the best-known myths found in the primary sources. This audiobook includes a glossary of names in case you need help keeping track of a rather large cast of characters. Enjoy your explorations!  

Within this audiobook, you'll find the following Norse myths and topics covered: 

  • The creation of the worlds
  • The building of Asgard
  • Why Odin has one eye and Tyr has one hand
  • The mead of poetry
  • Loki the thief
  • Love and trouble
  • Thor the bride
  • Thor’s adventures in Utgard
  • Odin the host and Odin the guest
  • Andvari’s curse
  • Regin and Sigurd
  • Sigurd and the dragon
  • The marriage of Sigurd
  • Brynhild’s betrayal
  • The death of Sigurd
  • The passing of Balder
  • Ragnarök
  • Grace Note: The story of Rolf Krake

Get the audiobook now and learn more about Norse mythology!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.  

©2018 Matt Clayton (P)2018 Matt Clayton

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Good stories.

Norse mythology is incredibly interesting and this book does a good job at presenting these tales. My biggest gripe lies with the narrator. He can be pretty dry at times. His biggest issue is the way he says certain names. The way he says Mjölnir, Thor's hammer, makes me think he never read the word before and came up with his own way. But that might be my fault as a Swede to expect a more Scandinavian way of saying these names.

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Great book for basic Viking knowledge

The book is great jumps story to story kinda randomly but you can keep up .

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Good for mythology fans -- but a bit too scholarly

This is an accurate retelling of the norse mythology. However, being accurate, it lacks many of the literary flourishes found in other retellings. But still a good telling.

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Full of useful content

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A small encyclopedia of Norse mythology. The beginning sections are a nice overview of Norse history and beliefs.

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Excellent stories

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This book it's perfect for children and those new to the Norse mythos. Simply enough to engage young listeners.

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It is good to know about ancient stories. This book taught me a lot about Norse Mythology. I enjoyed and entertained while listening.

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Great book.

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Really solid foundation of the old tales. Perfect for kids, I'd go as far to say it's good enough to be an effective book for adults to learn a brief but proper understanding of norse myth before launching in to the deep stuff.

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Great introduction to the subject.

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This would not be the ultimate reference for a serious and dedicated student of the topic, but is an excellent book for someone either new to the topic or at least only moderately knowledgeable. The author accomplishes exactly what he set out to do.

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well done

Well, I found that this is a great reference and very listenable and highly recommend it to anyone who wants in-depth knowledge of this fascinating subject matter. Recommended!

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Accurate details

I’ve always been fascinated by Norse myths and since two months ago I started searching for different versions. This is an accurate detail and has been written in a creative way. As a matter of fact, I finish it in one sitting.

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  • riyakhan
  • 04-25-18

a novel


A novelization of the adventures of the Norse gods and goddesses, this book will be most enjoyed by those already familiar with Norse mythology

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  • kowshika
  • 04-25-18

still good


It is a rather simplistic view of the Norse gods! Still informative for those not well versed on the subject!

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  • Benjamin Filip
  • 04-24-18

Packed with great information

I love this book a lot! Thanks so much to Matt for his unique and amazing way of storytelling on the subject of Norse Mythology. What enjoyable stories.

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  • Carter Casey
  • 04-24-18

Change bad habits into good

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it's beautiful, I LISTEN to it and almost exploded with happiness. I used the microwave to make fresh cookies to help me calm down. This is best read when eating cookies on a warm day in the sun.

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  • Zak
  • 04-24-18

Great book

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A deep dive into the Norse myths, certainly a great primer and starting point upon which further reading and exploration can be built. Norse mythology has always interested me. The stories are well told.

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  • Dayni Vasili
  • 04-24-18

Decent modern telling

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I think will provide entertainment for the casual and seasoned reader alike. They're like fairy tales for adults. I would like to see Matt write one epic novel about the Norse gods, but I'm not sure if he is interested. Recommended.

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  • Brantley jase
  • 04-24-18

Would recommend.

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This presentation of Norse myths was written in a wonderfully accessible manner that made them fun and interesting. It was great fun. It was easy to understand. This book made for a surprisingly pleasant evening.

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  • Rowan Elian
  • 04-24-18

the author’s Gods with a modern touch

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Matt tells the tales in a voice which smoothly transitions from epic narrative to plainspoken facts and back again. An enjoyable book, the author’s Gods with a modern touch that makes their personalities and wit as accessible to a listener as if you were a child at a campfire, listening to ghost stories.

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  • Harry Alonzo 
  • 04-24-18

Loved & liked

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This book was very interesting and really got imaginative with providing details of how certain Norse Myths came to be. I really enjoyed the storytelling and the humorous cause and effects of the adventures of the gods.

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  • Jacey Leesha
  • 04-24-18

Well retold stories

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He presents the Norse stories of old in a simple, engaging fashion. Listening it was an absolute pleasure. I bought this to get ready for the new God of War game, as I imagine many folks did as well, and I was not disappointed. The book gives you insight into some of the more popular Norse myths: consider it Norse mythology