The Unbroken Line of the Moon

Valhalla, Book 1
Narrated by: Christina Traister
Series: Valhalla, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
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In this grand saga of love, war, and magic set in the tenth century, young Sigrid is destined to be the mother of the king of the Nordic lands that would become Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and England.

A devout believer in the old Nordic gods, Sigrid is visited regularly in her dreams by the goddess Freya, who whispers to her of the future. Though Sigrid is beautiful, rich, arrogant, and matchlessly clever, her uncanny ability to foresee the future and manipulate the present guides her through dangerous politics as a bloody war between Vikings and Christians rages on.

Sigrid's father wants her to marry Erik, a local king, to secure the peace between the Goths and the Swedes. Thinking she is doing Freya's will, she accepts the marriage offer, only to find that her destiny lies not with Erik but with Sweyn, a warrior who dreams of dethroning Harald Bluetooth, the legendary ruler of Denmark. Will Sigrid sacrifice her will for the greatest Viking kingdom of all time, or will she follow her heart at the risk of losing everything?

©2014 Johanne Hildebrandt. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. English translation © 2016 by Tara F. Chace

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DNF- because of narration not story.

Very interesting story but the narrator would take what sounded like gulps of air after every sentence and it just bothered me. Will probably end up reading the e-book instead as it was very well written.

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slow start but interesting history throughout

I really enjoyed this book. The beginning was slow and hard to understand but once I got through that it was very enjoyable. I like the history aspect of this book even if it was fictional. many names were hard to understand so that made the narration a little awkward.

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Hard Beginning, Decent Ending.

It is a combination of storyline and narration that made this just an 'OK' read/listen. It was like listening to the start of Game of Thrones all over again. It has the potential to be a good series, if you're willing to suffer through it. The story could have used a stronger narration vocal, but was good enough.

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For Viking and mythology lovers not romance lovers

Any additional comments?

Honestly, I was not into this story for a long time, but I persisted. This is the 4th book in the series, but the first with an English translation so I'm not sure what happened before, but my understanding is that the ones before it aren't needed for this storyline. It reminds me so much of the tv show Vikings. There are time jumps and weird things. It took me awhile to getting into what was really happening. I was slow to catch on, but by the end I was hooked. I do want to read the next installment now. I need to find out what happens to the babies. This is not so much a romance, but more of a Vikings version of Game of Thrones.

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great narration, a drag of a story.

What did you like best about The Unbroken Line of the Moon? What did you like least?

I like the narration, that's about it. I kept asking myself why I was still listening, so I give all credit to the narrator.

What was most disappointing about Johanne Hildebrandt and Tara F. Chace - translator ’s story?

Lack of suspense or uniqueness to the storyline.

What does Christina Traister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

pronunciation!

Do you think The Unbroken Line of the Moon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. barely survived this one.

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the narration of this book was so bad, I couldn't even listen. sing song voice

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This new series is fantastic!

I'm a massive dark or middle ages historical fiction fan & there are a lot of terrible books out there. This is not one of them!!! While all my favorite authors in this field are men, I have to say I am really impressed how Ms Hildebrand brought this awesome story to life!! She didn't shy away for the battle scenes or the raw brutality it was just like if you lived thru it. Fantastic!! Only problem I'm going to lose my mind til the 2nd books release next october☹️️

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it's alright

Struggled to finish. Finished because I don't like to have unfinished books in my library.

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Felt like I was there! Characters were so real.

Close your eyes and you could feel the damp mud under your feet, smell the burning wood from the campfires and in the lodges.
Cristina was not afraid to yell out loud and I dig that! she gave each character their own voice and personality so you never had to guess who was speaking. You just wanted the main characters to meet to see what amazing things they would do. This was a great Viking story even without the mystic stuff.

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Not for me

Couldn't finish this book. I listened through Audible. The narration was good. The story line was quite boring. Not a lot of action, too much bad blood through out the clans. Just didn't relate to any of the characters. I read/listener till chapter 45. I just couldn't get into this story and quit.

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  • AJay
  • 01-07-17

I love it

This book was a bit boring to start but now I have not stopped reading it.🐬

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  • chrissy watson
  • 03-15-18

disappointed

the book was not narrated to suit the time the story was meant to reflect