Ragnar Lothbrok and a History of the Vikings

Viking Warriors Including Rollo, Norsemen, Norse Mythology, Quests in America, England, France, Scotland, Ireland and Russia
Narrated by: Dalan E. Decker
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Ragnar Lothbrok was a legendary warrior who left a legacy among the Vikings like none other.

Today's popular TV show may have popularized Ragnar's story, but the real facts are not very well known. Discover the truth behind this Viking warrior and the rich history of the Vikings.

Topics included in this audiobook:

  • The Legend of Ragnar Lothbrok 
  • Vikings in England 
  • Vikings in France 
  • Vikings in America 
  • Vikings in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales 
  • Rollo the Viking 
  • And more amazing facts about the rich history of the Vikings! 

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Happy with this purchase!

I'm very happy with my purchase of this book overall. The first thing I will say, it is not a book for experts on mythology. It is more a book for beginners or for those who like to have extra source material for research but it is not 100% in-depth on the subject. I bought this so I could introduce my grandkids to mythology and teach them about all the different types of mythological stories and gods, especially the story of Ragnar Lothbrok and Norsemen. This book is perfect for anyone interested in myths.

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Beautiful

It's a beautiful addition to my mythology collection. I do wish, however, that there was more about Rollo in here. Only a few blips about how great he was. I'd like to know more about the "why" behind it all. Everyone has a story, and I was hoping to get a little bit more about him. I'm happy I purchased this though.

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This is a well-conceived and thoroughly enjoyable chronicle of the Viking Age and its impact on the subsequent events that make up human history. Rather than just narrating a timeline of events, the author uses the unique approach of relating the stories of specific individuals

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Fascinating!

I'm a fan of the History channel's series "The Vikings". I wanted to know more about the sagas about Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons. A fascinating listen. If you're a fan of the series you'll be pleased to have this book.

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Interesting and excting!

For the book itself I found the stories well narrated and interestingly written. It is difficult to write HISTORY when you only have a few written references available. However, the author did his best. Having been a fan of the Vikings tv series, it was fun to get a better handle on the chronology, the sagas and the lineage.

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Fantastic

I really love Ragnar Lothbrok since I know him a legendary warrior. I am so interested in knowing his life and the wars that he has been through. Well, this book is an enjoyable listen. Even more interested in the history of Vikings!

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Wonderful Viking History

I have been looking for some history books on Vikings. I am so happy that I got this book. It's very intriguing. I really like it!

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detailed book

It has a good overview of the history of the Vikings and events are told in a very good manner which keeps it more interesting. So if you are looking for a very detailed book on the history, you probably want to look elsewhere, but for a QUICK overview of the lives and history of the vikings especially Ragnar, this hits the mark.

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Nice

It feels like someone is sitting next to me telling me the history behind the Vikings . I love how the story was narrated about the Vikings.

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Captivating

I think the stories I've heard over the years has peeked my interest and this book has helped to make sense of this. A Well smooth, well-written slice of time.

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  • Christopher maskell
  • 10-20-18

great book. should've left ragnar out of the title

the book is bursting with information and facts about everything to do with vikings but there was only a small section about ragnar however it was a really good read teaching of the norse mythology and cosmology and famous vikings such as ragnar, floki, roll and ALL of ragnars sons.

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  • Gregor Hogg
  • 10-02-19

Poor narration

Story was fine but the narrator had all the soul, rhythm and pronunciation of an early sat nav. Painful.

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  • Lisa irons
  • 01-17-20

Poor narrator

The narrator makes this nearly impossible to listen to. Bad pronunciation and robotic voice, which is a shame as the book has good information. Hardly anything about ragnar lothbrok though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-25-19

Awesome book, horrible name/place pronunciation.

I loved the book and found it very educational. However, I found the blatantly incorrect pronunciation even of modern day places (which we KNOW how they are pronounced), of names and of latin quotes quite annoying, and often times I had no clue what the book was talking about. Overall, very nice book!

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  • Amber Levine
  • 08-13-19

Very informative

Very informative book. There were many stories passed down from the Vikings (even though they never had a written language) and the many nations they invaded. Excellent listen.

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  • Andrew Wilson
  • 08-13-19

Worth the purchase

It is interesting how warlike the culture is with scant resources in the Dark Ages with no written records, yet they were well ahead of their times, treating women more equally in some ways than other countries and cultures. It's worth the purchase!

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  • Terry Hughes
  • 08-06-20

Huge Disappointment

This is a very disappointing book on what should be an entertaining retelling of the history of the Northmen and their impact on the Western world. I felt that the author repeatedly jumped back and forth in time which, for me, had a distracting affect on the story. It wavered in the timeline and I found this very annoying. There was also a tendency to repeat information as if to pad out the text.
The performance was dire. Not only has the narrator a sonorous voice that at times sounded much like a computer but I was angered at the pronunciation of names and places. Surely he could have put some effort in to researching the correct way to say "Louis" or "Ipswich"?
The tales of the Vikings is a terrific story- it is just so badly told in this audiobook.

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  • Martin Mc Crory
  • 08-04-20

just ok

narrator should learn how to Pronounce some words from the areas he's reading about. makes it hard to listen to.

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  • Mrs. Beautiful
  • 08-16-19

Wow!

The Vikings are known to most of us through comic book images and fragments of stories. The book tells the influence and impact of the sea wolves to history. I truly enjoyed learning what made these people different and special.

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  • Cassandra Barbers
  • 08-16-19

Amazing

It is a brief summary of the history of Vikings. Very informative but again, brief. If you are searching for quick information, this is your book.

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  • S. C. Jewell
  • 07-11-20

Appalling narration ruins it

The first thing I noticed was how odd the narration was. I looked it up and apparently it is narrated by someone called Dalan E. Decker, but I'm not convinced that it isn't a computer narration. It is too off to be a human narration. I can forgive (just) the woeful pronunciation of some common place names, but pronouncing the bow of the ship as boe (as in hoe), rather than bow (as in now) is just too wierd. You find yourself waiting for the next piece of poor pronunciation, rather than listening to the story.

As for the story. Okay, but not exactly a scholarly work. It wanders all over the place and many episodes are repeated in a different form a little later, making you wonder if you were listening in the first place. Maybe I wasn't. I struggled.

Summary - there must be better books on viking history out there.

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  • Terry Boyd
  • 07-02-20

Ok, but...

Being very interested in the topic and having completed some previous study, I looked forward to this book. Sadly, the narrator's constant, clumsy mispronunciation of even widely known and commonly used personal and place names, is driving me slowly crazy. Others may find this a pretty complaint, but I am struggling to finish the book. To some degree, my mixed French-Scottish ethnicity will explain my impatience with the narrator's utter butchery of words from these places. But even my modest knowledge of Danish and Norwegian led me to correct the reader out loud, while listening during my daily commute. If you are the slightest bit pedantic about language, avoid this one.
P.S. Gave up and returned the book. Did my head in!