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Publisher's Summary

From the translator of the best-selling Poetic Edda comes a gripping new rendering of two of the greatest sagas of Old Norse literature.

Together the two sagas recount the story of seven generations of a single legendary heroic family and comprise our best source of traditional lore about its members - including, among others, the dragon slayer Sigurd, Brynhild the Valkyrie, and the Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok.

©2017 Jackson Crawford (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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WELL DONE!

Dr. Jackson Crawford has outdone himself yet again. He has taken information that has been hidden in an ivory tower for years and adapted it for a modern audience. Thank you. Hackett publishing needs to offer more contracts for more books from this guy.

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Jackson Crawford's translation is magnificent!

This is my 2nd book from him. I also 5 stared his translation of the Poetic Edda. He brings these stories to life with his correct pronunciation for the Old Norse names. The Saga of the Volsungs is stories instead of Poems (Like the Poetic Edda). I look forward to Jackson Crawford's translation of the Elder Edda in 2020-2021, depends on his other contractual obligations.
I highly recommend getting his paperback copy to go along with your audiobook. This will actually help you with the correct pronunciation.

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Terrible performance

The content itself could have been interesting, and it may have been an accurate translation (I can not vouch for that), but the delivery was abysmal. The narration drones on and on and on in an inflectionless monotone. This is one of those instances where the author should never have been allowed to record the material, which surprised the heck out of me because Dr. Crawford's videos on the subject are actually very good.

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Crawford just rocks

After watching Dr. Crawford’s videos on YouTube for a long time, and having read his books before, I decided to give his narration a try. It doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. Dr. Crawford is extremely knowledgeable in Norse mythology and the culture that created those myths. His explanations are straightforward but thorough, and quite enjoyable despite Dr Crawford’s somewhat lecture-y approach to his narration. An overall great companion to the book.

I do believe chapter 22 is misnamed; it should be “Description of Sigurd, killer of Fáfnir” not Siggeir.

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Very good read, Jackson Crawford is excellent

I Love this book, took me back in time. Perfect blend of history, mystery and society of old Norse.

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Fantastic

I read this in print a year ago and it didn’t do much for me. But this recording of the translation really brings it to life for me and makes it meaningful.

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outstanding

loved it, tells the stories well while also giving the reader enough details and outside information to fully understand the sagas and their contents

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Excellent

Great stories. Well spoken and well written. Shared this book with other friends who enjoy Norse stories.

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Good story but.....

The saga itself was pretty good, however the narrator was jus plain aweful and boring.

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Boring Narrator

I grew up on these sagas. They have been badly served by this narrator. Worse than listening to a bad history lecture

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  • 01-31-21

dull

if I came every time the narrator said "and everyone agreed" I would have enjoyed this book a lot more

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  • 09-10-20

academic but enjoyable

the extremely dry academic start took a while to get past but the stories themselves were very compelling, and the history expanded upon was helpful.

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  • JPA
  • 09-06-21

Excellent presentation and narration.

Fantastically presented and a fascinating and easy to listen to translation. Very much recommended.

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  • Brendon
  • 08-10-21

Great voice, great story, mediocre execution.

I don’t think it’s much of an exaggeration to say Jackson has a great voice, deep, resounding, etc. However the story really deserves more emotion. Jackson isn’t a trained voice actor but honestly I enjoyed his going over the cliffnotes of the story more than his actual reading, as in his cliff notes version there much more life in his voice.

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  • Christine McCreery
  • 01-18-22

Dreadful narrator made listening unbearable.

Couldn't concentrate due to dreadful American brawl. Totally inappropriate given the subject matter. Please revise to make more palatable.

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  • Dave Buzby
  • 12-29-21

Detailed and excellent but slow and unenjoyable

I find this sort of thing fascinating. This somehow missed the mark in terms of delivering the content in a pleasureable way

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  • Pamela
  • 12-26-21

Deadly Dull Narration

The Saga of the Volsungs for me was drained of all life by the narrator's monotonous drone of a voice. It is like the worst sort of college lecturer. ANd he has taken something so full of vibrancy and life and managed to drain all of this away. I congratulate him on his skill in translating but this in no way equals the ability to be able to perform it.
And there must have been different ways of saying "And everyone agreed."

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  • Ben
  • 08-14-21

Fantastic Read!

Fantastic book and informative on the origins of the work. Albeit shorter than desired and leaves you wanting just a little more.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-18-21

Great listen

Loved it. I found the Poetic Edda quite a dry listen, this in comparison was brilliant.
A great collection of stories and history

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  • Daniel
  • 07-26-19

brilliant

a great book and terrific translation by Jackson Crawford. its definitely worth listening to this book.
I will even buy the hardcover book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-22

loved it.

I loved this one so much, I really get into the history of the Norse mythology and the gods I'll read everything I can find.

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  • EileenH
  • 01-15-22

The Saga of the Volsungs

As enthralling a retelling of these great feats as they were spoken of 100 years ago. Narrated well by Jackson Crawford.

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  • 12-08-20

A fantastic and clear translation.

A great translation including a handy explanation of certain aspects at the start in the introduction. Fantastic and accurate pronunciation too.

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  • Naomi
  • 02-07-19

Excellent reading

The narrator is the translator, and a Professor of Scandinavian studies, so he imparts real emotional tone and inflection in all the (apparent) right places. Loved it.