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The Broken Sword Audiobook

The Broken Sword

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Publisher's Summary

Thor has broken the sword Tyrfing so that it cannot strike at the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds together earth, heaven, and hell. But now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves in their war against the trolls, and only Skafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade Bölverk the ice-giant to make Tyrfing whole again. But Skafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard the changeling, who has taken his place in the world of men.

©1954 Poul Anderson (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    William Emerson, MB, Canada 03-26-12
    William Emerson, MB, Canada 03-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A good Story"

    Elves, humans, changelings and others all wrapped in malice and violence. One must hope for a hero if anything is to change.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Hamilton, New Zealand 12-06-11
    Michael Hamilton, New Zealand 12-06-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Could not put it down"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, loved the story content, topic and telling of.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Broken Sword?

    When the hero found out about his sister


    Which character ??? as performed by Bronson Pinchot ??? was your favorite?

    The witch was my favorite performance


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul French Southeast Washington 07-18-16
    Paul French Southeast Washington 07-18-16 Member Since 2015

    I'm addicted to the last chapter of long fantasy series. It's a legitimate problem.

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    "Fantastic book."

    The story was beautiful and poetic, and the performance was brilliant. At times I enjoyed the syntax as much as the story.

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    Tiny 05-07-16
    Tiny 05-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "If you like beowulf..."

    Old English style. If you like beowulf you'll probably like this story... pantheon melodramatic characters and weird story telling. The narrator really likes pronouncing the H in wh words, whipped, when ect. I would not have bought it personally since not a fan of the style of writing.

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    Amazon Customer 03-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding!!"

    Exceptionally well written!! Such amazing word pictures! Don't start listening on an evening when you need to go to bed! You won't want to put it down! The readers performance is exceptional!! Story and performance together make for an outstanding experience!!

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    Josh 02-13-16
    Josh 02-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The Broken Sword conquers all!"

    Very well written and read. An instant classic. If your looking for another Fantasy story to enjoy look no further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark FORT WORTH, TX, United States 01-22-16
    Mark FORT WORTH, TX, United States 01-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exiting and dark Fantasy"
    What other book might you compare The Broken Sword to and why?

    This is one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read. Fast-moving, dark, complex characters. It has elements of Lord of the Rings, and Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungen


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Pinchot is just amazing. His command of foreign accents, languages, and voices of the different characters, is astounding.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to read more Poul Anderson.

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    Michael John Mifsud Tokyo, Japan 08-26-15
    Michael John Mifsud Tokyo, Japan 08-26-15

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    "Great story BRILLIANTLY read."

    Enjoyable read. But the reading and voice acting really brought it to life. It was easy to know who was who by how distinct the voices are.

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    Andrew 06-09-15
    Andrew 06-09-15
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    "Great dark fantasy"

    This is like the anti-LOTR! Love the background of Viking mythology used here. This book has really flown under the radar.

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    Jose Alvarez 01-28-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A struggle to finish"

    I was determined to finish this book, but it was a difficult task. This book is very slow and full of unnecessary details that complicated the story rather than enhancing it. I found myself zoning in and out as I listened to this book, something I've never done.

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