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Norse Mythology

Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman's gods are thoroughly alive - irascible, visceral, playful and passionate - and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarök and the twilight of the gods. Galvanised by Gaiman's prose, Thor, Loki, Odin and Freya are irresistible forces for modern listeners, and the crackling, brilliant writing demands to be heard around an open fire on a freezing, starlit night.

©2017 Neil Gaiman (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great book, easy to listen to with good stories.

Loved listening to Norse Gods. I could do so over and over again. The narrator does a good job, keeping it interesting. The stories do not go in an order so you can choose which story to listen to next and go back and forth in between them.

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A Rich History of the Gods

Wonderfully told. Wonderfully read. What is otherwise a tedious headscratch of ancient tales are transformed into fantastical tales.

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Amazing.

Neil Gaiman is a wonderful writer and narrator. It was an absolute treat to listen to these tales.

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Simply superb

I loved it. Mythology is fascinating enough, but is at another level thanks to Gaiman's obvious love for it.

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Meraviglioso

Il libro narra le vicende degli dei nordici con freschezza e humor. Ascoltarlo letto dall'autore permette di notare la passione di Gaiman per queste storie, raccolte e cucite insieme con maestria, e di immergersi ancora di più in un racconto avvincente ed emozionante.

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Donna

Loved it. It was a good listen very informative. Thanks good listen. Will read again

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Wonderful storytelling

the characters come to life, and although the stories are old, Gaiman makes it fresh and enjoyable.

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Great

This is a great book. I loved it and enjoyed every mystical second of it.

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  • 08-05-18

Wonderful Adventure

Well written, well read, a thrilling journey into the mystical halls of Norse mythology. The only complaint I have is that it was over far too quickly.

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Amazing!

Amazing story, loved every second. Felt like I was there with Odin, Thor and Loki. Very nice, will listen to it again.

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  • AnnG
  • 03-03-17

Norseome

Neil, tells the stories of the Norse Gods with ease and in his own relaxed style that, in my opinion, bring the characters to life in a way that relates to now, its current..and I, for one absolutely loved it...I've read all the classic tomes on North Mythology, poetic Eddas, Sagas, quite heavy going for even the most dedicated seekers of the Nordic Deities ..!
I recommend pouring a large glass of mead, throwing a log on the fire, sitting back and be transported back to the world at it's very beginning with Ginnunganap, until its end with the coming of Ragnarok.
Skäl! :)

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  • Charlotte Hobbs
  • 03-30-19

If in doubt, blame Loki

It seems from the other reviews that Gaiman's narration is a bit controversial, but I personally really liked his reading style.
These are great adaptations of the myths - a tad more adult/gory than the last time I read them, aged roughly 12 (!), but certainly not distasteful for anyone who is concerned - and the tone of the stories is brilliant. I laughed aloud with a lot of regularity, and the ever-popular dynamic between Thor and Loki is played very effectively; I get the feeling that Gaiman really likes Loki, and this version of the stories rather makes me do so too, much of the time.
It's hard to pick a favourite story out of the group as well; some of the tales here are totally new to me and learning them was fascinating, but you also have to love the old favourites, like Thor travelling to the lands of the giants. Ragnarok in particular feels very prescient right now, and that moment of hope at the very end was truly bittersweet in the best possible way. It's worth six and a half hours of your time, very, very easily.

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  • Hydrazine
  • 03-21-17

Excellent

I really enjoyed this as did the family who listened to it on a long car trip.

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  • Urban Fox
  • 03-03-17

Blood and ice and lots of mead!

Great myths, so many so similar to other modern tales and yet so distinct and rowdy. Made me want to go back to Iceland!

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  • Jonathan
  • 03-08-17

Great stories, incredible adaptation.

Of course Neil Gaiman is a great writer. But when he tells the story himself you can feel the personality of each character. I especially enjoyed the shift in Thor's tone from unintelligent and slightly playful to serious as the book progressed.

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  • K. Bridges
  • 03-10-17

Amazing tales from the North

What did you like most about Norse Mythology?

I love the way that Neil Gaiman has updated the stories and made them accessible, whilst still being true to the originals.

What other book might you compare Norse Mythology to, and why?

Almost like a book of fairy tales, but for adults

Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favourite?

Thor; I love the way he just wants to hit things with his hammer.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Watch out, the Gods are back...

Any additional comments?

I love anything by Neil Gaiman and this definitely does not disappoint.

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  • Maximus
  • 11-16-17

a great collection of short stories

Read by Neil Gaimen (which I think helps give the listener more of an insight as to the mind of the author), they are fun yet interesting and hold up well against Neil's longer books. It is clear they are a compendium of ideas that perhaps were going to be larger things but as a collection of short stories there is a general theme running through them and I can keep going back and enjoying them over and over again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-16-17

nice

kind of short. enjoyed the stories but as the writer said they are just bits and pieces. I would like something more fluent.

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  • Jonny
  • 02-01-18

Great book but a bit short

Great book with a great narrator however I wanted to know more and wished there were more stories as it was so fascinating

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-21-17

Great short stories. <br />

very much enjoyed listening to the short stories, great performance by Neil although in some places seemed a little childish and straight forward. I would recommend this book as a introduction to the mythology genre.

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  • Troy Abraham
  • 05-19-17

Great book! Fantastic narration

Neil Gaiman does a phenomenal job at illustrating the stories of Norse gods and goddesses and his narration brings great life to each character. A pleasure to listen, I wish there were more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-17

Mythology at its best

Enthralling mythology tails that keep me sitting in my car listening long after my journey home had finished

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  • Charles
  • 03-15-17

Yes!!!

You will enjoy this book, and then it ends and you'll want to listen again

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  • Sean
  • 09-08-18

Love for Neil Gaiman

What you expect from Neil Gaiman; engaging and beguiling. The myths provide a great insight into Norse culture. Only disappointment is that the myths pale in comparison to Neil's other stories and I was expecting the same level of beauty.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-17

Delightful!

The stories really begin from chapter six onwards, and then they are fantastic stories. Neil Gaiman reads them well too - very absorbing!

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  • Peter P. Whyte
  • 05-20-17

Who doesn't love Thor?

Excellent and entertaining introduction to Norse mythology. Covered the major points well. You really wonder how the gods tolerated Loki for so long.

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  • William
  • 05-20-19

An exceptional journey

What a wonderfully written novel this was. Gaiman's storytelling is exceptional; he gives just enough detail to place oneself within the exciting old Nordic world, but not too much that nothing is left to the imagination. Don't want to say much more than that. Superb listen. Well worthy of your time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-14-17

Beautifully​ told and read

A pleasure to listen to. Since this was my first time through the Norse myths, I was equally amazed at how closely Tolkien follows

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  • Shelley Gurney
  • 03-13-17

A sublime retelling.

A fantastic retelling of Snorri's and the Poetic Edda. Gaiman has a voice like honey and breathes life into the mythology like the poets of old.

I will be revisiting these chapters again and again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-19

awesome

loved it. well written. follows the myths well and follows a story line very well.

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