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Publisher's Summary

"A surprise from the author of Chocolat," New York Times best-selling author Joanne M. Harris, "this pacy adult fantasy is narrated by Loki, the Norse god of fire and mischief" (Vogue).

This novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods - retold from the point of view of the world's ultimate trickster, Loki. A number-one best seller in the UK, The Gospel of Loki tells the story of Loki's recruitment from the underworld of Chaos; his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin; through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard.

Using her lifelong passion for the Norse myths, New York Times best seller Joanne M. Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novel that the Sunday Sun recommends "to her long-standing audience with wit, style and obvious enjoyment"; The Sunday Times claims it "lively and fun"; and The Metro adds that "Harris has enormous fun with her antihero...this mythical bad boy should beguile fans of Neil Gaiman".

©2015 Joanne M. Harris (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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Sympathy for the Devil

The stories have endured throughout the ages because they are so entertaining. Honestly though, i was getting a bit tired of hearing about Thor and Odin, and how wonderful they were. It's just that Thor, generally speaking, solves most of his problems by just hitting it with a hammer.
Enter the gospel of Loki. A fresh take on the legends that I grew up with. Well written and with a narrator that You will grow to love, maybe even understand.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Walking In Loki's Shoes

Same myths but different perspective. Gives me insight into possible motivations for why Loki behaved as he did and did what he did. Doesn't excuse him, but does give context. It was a refreshing way of telling the stories I've enjoyed my whole life. Highly entertaining. Narration was excellent.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining, not great

Perhaps reading Gaiman first set too high of a mark for this to match. It was entertaining enough, very well delivered, just wasn't all that it could have been... still worth a read.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic tale

The performance of this book was superb! The tale itself is well written, funny and engaging and the narrator really brought it to life.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Norse, parahistory, very entertaining!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yep. The reader did VERY well using inflection and attitude to reflect different characters. The story was good and oddly coming first-person from the "villain" and made me want to learn ancient norse runes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gospel of Loki?

Loki and Hades getting down before bringing the curtain down on the Aesir.

What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

Pretty much all of it.

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

Generally, no, though there were a few times where I was like "Hell yeah, X is going down" just for it to happen. Not saying it was predictable, but inevitable in a good way.

Any additional comments?

Book 2? From Odin's perspective, if done well will rock the genre.

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  • Jodie
  • UNION CITY, CA, United States
  • 02-02-16

Amazing

Thoroughly enjoyed both the story and the performance. Couldn't "put it down"! I highly recommend it!

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Great Interpretation, Great Story

this book goes over all of the Viking and Norse Tales from the gods of old. the way that the author describes Loki's perspective in all of these stories is fantastic. by the end of this book I am more securely convinced that Loki was a victim of betrayal and thus became the trickster out of necessity.

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  • Bethany
  • PHOENIX, AZ, United States
  • 08-26-17

Great, Great, Great!

This is added to my all time favorite listen list! Such a well-written and ingenious perspective which I think was enhanced by a mesmerizing performance by the narrator. I am a Neil Gaiman fan and just finished Nurse Gods and think this is an equal, not a competitor, enriching each other.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A fun romp through mythology

This story stays true to the classic tails... From an certain point of view. It made me think and view the Norse myths from angles I had not considered. I'll be listening to this again.

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A Fun Read

A truly enjoyable light read. This book does a lot of summary of stories in Norse mythology based on low key little more beef and it would have been 5 stars.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful