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Although based on historical persons from the ninth century, Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons are the subjects of compelling legends dating from the Viking era. Warriors, raiders, and rulers, Ragnar and his sons inspired unknown writers to set down their stories over seven centuries ago. This volume presents new and original translations of the three major Old Norse texts that tell Ragnar's story: The Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok, The Tale of Ragnar's Sons, and The Sögubrot. Ragnar's death song, the "Krákumál," completes the story. Extensive notes and commentary are provided, helping listeners enter the world of these timeless stories of Viking adventure.

©2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2015 Blackstone Audio

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Primordial fun

Viking sagas are rather baffling out of context, and there's no context offered in this audiobook. It starts telling you about some people. They do a lot of stuff (serpent-slaying, fighting and propagating, mostly). They have children, the children grow up and fight, propagate and slay more serpents. Things continue in this vein and then it stops.

This is not a complaint though. The translation is meaty and listenable, and the reader sounds like a viking. It's not too long, and individual stories within it are interesting. It's an intriguing journey into an alien world.

The reader reads the book a little too briskly for my taste, which doesn't suit the poetic nature of the language. I found that if I slowed him down to x0.75, he sounded fine and seemed to relish the words more.

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calming

it's a very calm listen. it is very interesting to hear all the different tales

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excellent narrorator very impressed 😊

the story was slightly hard to follow at times content wise, however the translation was quite accurate and both translation and narration could not have been better! over all very good

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If you like the History Channel's "Vikings"...

...Then you'll probably like this. It's a retelling of three surviving stories from Old Norse texts. Some of the characters from the show are there as viewers would know them; Others take different forms from story to story, but all have fates intertwined with Ragnar and his children. The seeds of the television show are definitely here, and Ragnar is no less enigmatic and entertaining than he is on television.

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Read it before listening

Well done, but there are alot of notes in the text version that aide with understanding. Listen after reading the book to gain a better comprehension of the sagas.

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Totally Viking

a must read if you truly love Viking stores. this book was totally freaking AWWWESOME!

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A battle cow? Seriously?

The narrator was ok, probably more interesting if attached to a better story. I tried repeatedly to like this book, I'm searching for a new series or writer to love but this book just didn't do it. I tried but a battle cow that screams in rage making entire army's suffer in fear? I like fantasy but it was too... annoying.

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Great read (or listen)

I listen when cleaning, or working. It's exciting. Especially if you've watched the show Vikings, then the characters are already there and minimal background is needed. Excellent.

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Short telling of the lothbrok saga..

. ..i love Viking history and mythology so this excerpt of it was a must for me to read. i found it surprising in content.. things in this story i never knew but also think some info was left out. maybe they weren't sure so didn't want to confuse us?? i do admit i don't have Another piece of work on Ragnar to compare it with but seem to think some info waz missing. otherwise good story and fine reader

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Delightfully Weird

Narration is well done, especially considering the dificulty of the source material. Compares well with the various sagas of Icelanders and other ancient literature.

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  • Ron
  • 06-26-15

a very different story telling

I'm not sure what i expected, i knew this was a translation of ancient norse sagas, and ray chase has the most wonderful voice, yet i feel somehow disappointed. perhaps the Vikings series and modern beginning-middle-end story telling has distorted my attention, but this was quite hard going. the same stories are told several times but with slight differences. none of the tales left me thinking that Ragnar was the prototype hero. there was nothing about his association with Odin the wanderer, or magick. yet i wanted to listen to the end.

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  • EileenH
  • 10-31-21

Ragnar Lodbrok lives still

Ragnar Lodbrok has still not experienced the 3rd and final death, being when your name is no longer spoken, then you are truly dead.

Ray Chase has told the saga well, though it would have been better had he learned how to pronounce names and places, I was at first completely lost, as many of these places still remain today but I could not understand his pronunciation of them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-21

loved it!

Absolutely loved it. After watching the Vikings TV series i was curious as to how accurate their story telling would keep with the original tale. I was extremely surprised.