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"The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised!) and well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a thirteenth-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological, and literary importance, containing the lion's share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc. 

"Jackson Crawford's modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping. With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, they supply today's readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, motivations, and values of the Vikings." (Dick Ringler, professor emeritus of English and Scandinavian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison)

©2015 Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great listen I've been waiting for this

Hail Odin! I've been waiting for this audio book to come out and I have to say I'm glad I purchased it Jackson Crawford is a very knowledgeable professor which makes this book even more creditable and worth the buy I'm only half way through it and will probably relisten to it again since something's escape me over all good quality and good tone I've already shared this book with two others, skal!

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This is the version you want

Equal parts authoritatively academic and entertainingly captivating. The narrator is one of the few in the world who speaks fluent Old Norse and also has a pleasant voice and speaking style.

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Norse Mythology spoken as it should be

I've been waiting for this since Jackson released his translation of the Poetic Edda, and I am not disappointed. His old Norse pronunciations and deep vocal tones help add a depth to a reading that delivers the poems in a way that encourages you to listen and envelops you in the atmosphere that surrounds the Norse gods. His added notes for each poem help add context and put the poems in perspective. There are one or two minor imperfections in his recording of the narrative, but I could be considered being too picky highlighting them, so you can forgive those, as this is really a well read and superb translation of the book and I consider this now to be the de facto audio version of the book.

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amazing

loved it especially the last words by the author. amazing life lessons 5 stars !

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The best version of the Poetic Edda you'll find

The narrator's deep, masculine voice and clear steady narration brings the Poetic Edda to life. Highly recommended for all enthusiasts of Vikings and Norse mythology.

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An Amazing Rendition.. Skål

I was waiting for this since the day Professor Jackson Crawford announced he would be doing this. In my opinion this is the best translation of the Poetic Eddas yet he concludes with a personal creation of his own called Havamal the cowboy translation witch is an amazing treat. this deserves every star given.. a must listen for any lover of Norse mythology.

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I love Jackson Crawford's work.

I love Jackson Crawford's work. His voice is awesome in this. his pronunciation of old Norse is dead on. I will be attending Colorado State University just for his classes... one day!

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Sometimes the professor just doesn’t sound good on a recording.

Wonderful information that I have not been able to find elsewhere, along with the classic better known stories. Professor Crawford is knowledgeable and the translation is modern and well done. His voice is just noticeably lacking something that another reviewer called distracting and I agree .otherwise it’s a great update to important text regarding our ancestors and the little we know that was saved from the Christian conquest of Europe .
If you are new to Asatru or however you identify with our Norse gods and goddesses this might not be the best choice to start with but is still in the required reading list in my opinion. Hail the Aesir and Vanir! , Hail our holy folk !

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need a better reader for such an amazing book .

one of the best books I've read on the subject. However the reader was not good . really distracts.

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Excellent translation and narration

The author has done a great job of the translation by making these poems of the Poetic Edda comprehensible. He has a lovely reading voice, and since he is the translator himself, he gives real emotion to the poems. Absolutely wonderful.

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