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The tales of the Norse gods, of the giants, demons, trolls and dwarves, still have the power to fascinate more than a thousand years after they were first told. Here are the stories of the one-eyed god Odin, the all-seeing, who from his throne in Asgard the home of the gods, has to prepare for Ragnarok, the final conflict between good and evil. There are tales too of Tyr the god of war, of the cunning Loki, of Thor the mighty thunder god and a host of others. These retellings of the old tales are given extra dramatic perspective by the music of Mahler, Greig, Smetana, They come to life as never before.

(P)1998 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.; ©1998 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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Musical interludes make my ears bleed

Where does Tales from the Norse Legends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

on a scale of 1-10 i would say this ranks around a 7 compared to other audio books i have listened to

What did you like best about this story?

Its great information. I really enjoy mythology of all cultures.

What does Benjamin Soames bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

this narrator was better then some..but not he is no roy dotrice :0)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to this selection from start to finish while driving.

Any additional comments?

the Music inbetween each section of the book was awful. not because the music sucked, it was good music, it was just about 120% louder then the narrator. So i had to turn it down...then turn it back up once the story started again.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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lots of fun

I was apprehensive about this knowing nothing about Norse mythology and thinking the names would be too difficult to learn since there seems to be a shortage of vowels in Scandinavia. But I wanted to learn something new and different and boy was I glad I tried this.
These stories were delightful! Some of stories included the creation, how Tyr lost his hand, how Thor got his hammer, and Ragnarok (the twilight of the gods - final battle of good vs evil).
I learned where we got our word berserk from and that Thursday was named after Thor the Norse god of thunder. You'll especially like (or hate) Loki. He causes so much trouble.
After listening to it once, I was interested enough to do a little online research where I quickly learned the spelling of some of the names I had heard in the book. I listened to it again and enjoyed it even more. This was easy to do since it is such a short book.
The narration was also excellent, and it made these tales especially enjoyable. I highly recommend this if you want something a little different but fun.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Fun Book

This was a fun book to listen to. The narator does a great job of portraying the various characters and getting the listener into the book.

This would be a great book for older kids as well or any one who just enjoys norse mythology.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ingrid
  • Van Nuys, CA, USA
  • 12-31-05

Interesting & Fun

It's less about specific mythological stories and more about the overall chronology about the Norse mythos, and it's sometimes oversimplified (Loki Loki Loki!). Nevertheless it's a fun read/listen and entertaining even to those who aren't major fantasy buffs or European pre-history buffs.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Confusing at a times but exciting stories

The audiobook is divided into various sections and each section is a different story. The sections can be listened alone but the later sections should be listened in sequence to make the story flow better. The name of all the gods at times were confusing but after a while, the main gods pretty much appear in most sections, such as Odin, Thor, Loki and Baldur. There are giants, magic cloaks, giant wolf and all sort of mytical creatures. The story gets more interesting when it progresses. Overall, it is a very good collection of stories.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Elias
  • Coldfoot, AK, USA
  • 04-14-09

TheNorseGodLover Here!

I love Norse legends and this really stands out among all the various Scandinavian myths. An awesome book...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Marius
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • 08-13-04

Fear and loathing in Asgard

Gods and Giants. Men and monsters. Tree-beings and Trolls. Elves and dwarves. Peace and war. Love and treachery. Forged golden rings and magical weapons. Spells and sorcery. There's even a gollum prototype in the fallen Loki. If you want to hear the legends that greatly influenced Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" this one's for you. I enjoyed it hugely. The narrator is first-class, as is the audio quality.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Megan
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 04-19-12

Perfect way to learn your mythology

I did not know much about Norse mythology before I listened to this book but even though it was not an extremely long audio book I learned so much about the Norse gods and the legends that make them important.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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We really like this narrator

I was surprised to see a review commenting on poor delivery, as this is our favorite narrator.

We enjoyed his delivery of both "Greek Legends" so much that we searched for more books with the same narrator.

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  • Ryan
  • Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • 08-14-06

Excellent for All Ages

I'm 24 and have always enjoyed the Norse myths, and this audiobook did a wonderful job of telling the stories of gods, giants, elves and dwarves of the Norse pantheon. It's simple enough to be understood by grade school children while at the same time being detailed and entertaining enough for adults. The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life, and the music in the background at important parts adds a nice touch to increase drama and anticipation.

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  • Carl Chivers
  • 10-23-15

Great

Well read, great stories (I am very interested in Vikings and their mythology so I am biased there).
The only complaint I could have is that the book is split into just two long chapters, even though I contains 8 or more stories (didn't count), where it should just be a chapter per story.
Very engaging though!
(even if the voices make all the gods sound a little wimpy)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-13

Great for light interest

Would you consider the audio edition of Tales from the Norse Legends to be better than the print version?

Enough detail to learn the awesome stories behind the Norse Legends, very well narrated - I'm very picky with voices and found this one to be very listenable

Would reccomend

Have you listened to any of Benjamin Soames’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes - Just as good, would listen to more by him

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Smile - very happy.

Any additional comments?

Worth it for the price.

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  • jacob
  • 06-24-12

absolute charm!

very interesting and enjoyable, a great way to spend a couple of hours. this book was expertly read and the stories have that certain charm, i recommend this for all ages (maybe not 40+)

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  • Jonathan
  • 08-31-10

myth magic

A great way to get your kids into myths and stories in general it worked for me when my folks gave it to me that and the Greek tales by the same author. I'm 23 now just brought this audiobook and still love, life sometimes doesn?t disappoint, which is nice!

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  • Allan
  • 08-26-17

Great stories

I listen to this book straight through definitely worth listening to
Going to keep an eye out for the same author

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-17

Timeless!!

Amazing voice acting and a truly legendary story! Could have included more tales though :/

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  • GMac
  • 04-15-16

Twilight Undimmed

I have long been familiar with these tales but never have they been told with such excitement than by Mr Soames in this recording.

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  • EC W
  • 01-27-16

The real Thor - not who you're thinking of

My 9 year old was "doing" the Vikings at school, and also knows a lot of Marvel superheroes (including Thor), so I thought I'd get this for the car. Oh my word! The Norse Legends are nothing at all like the Marvel comic stories and I was completely fascinated. This is worth listening to just for the Norse version of the end of the world alone.

Oh and my 9 year old was really interested too. I'm not sure this will be his favorite listen but he really wanted to finish it.

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