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Publisher's Summary

Hear the original tales of Thor, Odin, and Loki, as the Vikings heard them long ago. Enjoy these ancient tales of tragedy, death, glory, and love, with all the gory and mystic details left out of the Hollywood versions. This collection, The Prose Edda, was the first time the Viking myths were assembled and written down in plain prose (before then, they existed only as oral poems). That makes this book one of the closest sources we have to these tales as the Vikings actually told them, not filtered through a modern lens. This abridged edition has only removed sections dealing with technical rules for writing poetry in the Viking style, but has included all the myths and legends. Many print editions do the same. This edition also features a new foreword, introducing the work to a modern audience. 

Music provided by Royalty Free Music:
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Music used (edited):
"For You King" by Ender Güney
youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic
(Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0) 

"Warrior Women" by Ender Güney
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(Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0) 

Music used: "Odin" by Evan King
soundcloud.com/evan-king/odin
(Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

©2019 Ayrton Parham (P)2019 Ayrton Parham

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Excellent Narrator! Made material accessible.

I am Scandinavian and wanted to dig a little more into Norse literature and find reading it to myself unappealing due to the at times difficult pronunciation of words. I am so happy I found this in audio format. I was able to follow along with the narrator who does a great job. I felt like I was being read to fireside. Great book!

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Narrator brought story to life

I was absolutely enthralled by the vigor with which the narrator brought the story and characters to life in this fresh and inspiring recording. Translations of older, foreign works can often become boring and tiresome on paper, but the narrator brings the energy of a father telling a bedtime story to his young children on a stormy night. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone interested in Norse mythology or Scandinavian history.

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Great Story

The Prose Edda is such a great story. I could listen to it over and over. I absolutely loved it.

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excellent stories

The Prose Edda are amazing sagas. well done. why a minimum of 15 words? Ridiculous.

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Fun new voice given to old stories

*I received a free copy of this in exchange for an unbiased review.*

These myths are always dated, especially this Snorri Sturluson version because it's based on the oral tradition. However, I'm a huge fan of Norse mythology, and I thought that the narrator brought them to life in an incredibly fun way. Especially during the forward.

Some versions of The Prose Edda include rules for this version of poetry, but I believe that's unnecessary. The decision to cut it helped me enjoy the narrative more.

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Terrible narrator

The material was great, of course, but the narrator was a constant distraction with his jarring inflections, exaggerated pronunciations, and odd phrasing.

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Insufferable cadence and terrible voice acting

I don't wanna sound rude but the speaker is terrible to listen to. The stories are great tho, almost makes it wiry it

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Narrator is horrible

This is the Prose Edda, and it goes without saying is important literature. However, the narration is RIDICULOUS. Pompous, pretentious, and embarrassing. It’s hard not to take it personally, but I find it insulting to my intelligence and taste, and it also does a great disservice to these wonderful stories. Thumbs way, way down for the narrator’s insane lack of self-awareness and the producer who thought this was ok.

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Bad translation using out of date english

didnt like the translation. at the beginning it is said that using correct pronunciation was pedantic. and then the texts goes on using out of date english King James Bible type language. that is a bizarre choice concerning the translators attempt to be accessible...

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great stories

loved listening to this, could listen again and again, take the time, get lost or find yourself