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Fin Gall - A Novel of Viking Age Ireland Audiobook

Fin Gall - A Novel of Viking Age Ireland: Norsemen Saga Series #1

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Publisher's Summary

AD 852. For centuries the Vikings have swept out of the Norse countries and fallen on whatever lands they could reach aboard their longships, and few could resist the power of their violent onslaught. They came at first to plunder and then to settle, an encroachment fiercely resisted wherever they went.

Such was the case in the southern lands of Ireland. En route to the Viking longphort there, known as Dubh-linn, Thorgrim Night Wolf and Ornolf the Restless stumble across an Irish ship that carries aboard it a single item: a crown. The Vikings eagerly snatch the prize, unaware of its significance to the people of Ireland and the power granted to the king who wears it. Soon the Norsemen are plunged into the violence and intrigue of Medieval Ireland, where local kings fight with each other and with the invaders from the north for rule of the island nation. With enemies at every hand and loyalties as fickle as the weather, Thorgrim must lead his men, the white invaders, the Fin Gall, in the fight of their lives, with both Irish and Dane eager to see them dead.

©2012 James L. Nelson (P)2015 Tantor

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    Uhtredson 14/04/2016
    Uhtredson 14/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "I couldnt finish it"
    What would have made Fin Gall - A Novel of Viking Age Ireland better?

    A different Narrator


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I couldnt get passed 20 minutes . weirdly at the end of every sentence the narrator sounded like he was touching himself ... Even weirder was the narrators voice acting wasnt bad .. whenever he spoke as a character it was ok but as soon as he went back to the narrators voice he put on a weird pervy voice


    Would you be willing to try another one of Shaun Grindell’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from Fin Gall - A Novel of Viking Age Ireland?

    the narrator


    Any additional comments?

    It actually sounded like the story may have been ok .. I couldnt forgive the poor perfomance of the narrator though

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • John
    Lampasas, TX, United States
    07/04/16
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    "Great Story"
    Would you listen to Fin Gall - A Novel of Viking Age Ireland again? Why?

    Maybe


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I didn't much care for the narration. It was done in almost a whisper and did not seem to change with the action. It is a good thing the story itself was exciting. Otherwise, I would have stopped listening in the first 10 minutes.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Tales. When I first saw this book I wondered how it would stack up against Cornwell. I can tell you that, while it does stand on its own, if you love Saxon Tales, you will love this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States
    10/05/16
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    "Tolerable with this trick"

    The story is good, not great, but good enough that I've bought the second in series. Narrator is intolerably slow however, not bad, just slow---so I used a trick I read in another audible review and upped the narration speed to 1.25 and it's great! Historically interesting about the Vikings in Ireland as well as Irish history.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • stuart
    16/08/16
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    "Not bad"

    Overall not a bad book and well researched but the narrator has the Vikings as cockneys and his Irish accents are diabolical... And his pronunciation of Irish names is even worse, they're so badly done that even as an Irish-speaker I can't recognize them!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Harris
    Sacramento,Ca
    21/01/16
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    "Well done historical period piece- lots of twists"

    Good book...seemed to be accurate and the plot was well thought out. Almost like a mystery novel, in some respects.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DadTStep
    USA
    23/11/16
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    "Excellent"

    I enjoyed this book immensely. I appreciated the notes of historical facts and ties to the book in the epilogue as well. Full of action, adventure, and the power to instill sleuthing about what's going to happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Curtis Egan
    Sun City, CA USA
    04/11/16
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    "exciting story"

    loved it. this mixture of history and fantasy is one of the best I have heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • yankeeinseattle
    12/10/16
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    "Entertaining and well-written"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fin Gall - A Novel of Viking Age Ireland to be better than the print version?

    The printed version is better, but I am an audio addict, so I read it both ways. The narration was slow and halting, too stilted to be a good performance. This guy is no Jonathan Keeble.


    What other book might you compare Fin Gall - A Novel of Viking Age Ireland to and why?

    This is similar to Bernard Cornwell's Viking series.


    Which character – as performed by Shaun Grindell – was your favorite?

    The characters were not performed so distinct from each other that I would notice one over another.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Wahl
    16/08/16
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    "review"

    excellent plot wonderful narrative kept me listening for hours while driving and flying many places

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    POTTSTOWN, PA, United States
    21/04/16
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    "had to start a couple of times"

    I struggled getting started with this book. I think the reader did not do a great job differentiating the characters and I had a hard time following. I did enjoy the book though and will continue the series. by then end I was hooked by the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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