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Summary

Bengtsson's hero, Red Orm-canny - courageous and above all lucky - is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings and made to take his place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships. Orm is then captured by the Moors in Spain, where he is initiated into the pleasures of the senses and fights for the Caliph of Cordova. Escaping from captivity, Orm washes up in Ireland, where he marvels at those epicene creatures, the Christian monks, and from which he then moves on to play an ever more important part in the intrigues of the various Scandinavian kings and clans and dependencies. Eventually, Orm contributes to the Viking defeat of the army of the king of England and returns home an off-the-cuff Christian and a very rich man, though back on his native turf new trials and tribulations will test his cunning and determination.

Packed with pitched battles and blood feuds, and told throughout with wit and high spirits, Bengtsson's book is a splendid adventure that features one of the most unexpectedly winning heroes in modern fiction.

©1954, 2010 Frans G. Bengtsson; translation copyright 1954 by Michael Meyer; Introduction copyright 2010 by Michael Chabon (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Amazing.A joy and a pleasure to listen to.

This book in my honest opinion is the father of all other Viking books whether it be The Last Kingdom series by Bernard Cornwell or Odinn's Child series by Tim Severin.This has everything Vikings,Gods,Saxons, and Muslims layered together to bring the 10/11th centuries back to life.

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Marvellous story, pronunciations a bit strange <br />

I found the way that some of the words were pronounced was quite distracting - for example in UK English plait is generally pronounced 'platt', and the reader pronounced portage in the French manner, with a soft 'g'. Confusing!

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Terrible narrator,

Don't waste your money,it's like a computer talking....bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad

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A long time to discover

Why haven't I come across this before?
Captivating, Interesting, rollicking, entertaining, educational. Believable characters, adventurous yarn wearing the underlying knowledge of Norse mythology and folk lore lightly.
A less bloody confrontational style of Vikings v Christian disquisition than Bernard Cornwall.
Fabulous narration, too!
Looking for more even before I finish this epic!

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good stuff.

I loved it. Piity it is not one of a long series. Could manage many more.

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This is fun

The cheerful bloodthirstiness is very beguiling and the the characters are unexpected for a heroic epic, the main character being a hypochondriac Viking. I gave up listening to the book called "The Vikings" which I'd got hoping to learn a bit of Norse history and so I was especially happy to get a feel of the Viking world from "The Long Boats", which was never dull .

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  • dan
  • 19-07-18

not very captivating story.

not very captivating story. a long and drawn out plot with no meat to it.

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  • Ravine Homestead
  • 27-05-18

Wonderful story

Fighting, Vikings, woman, intrigue,Buried treasure, this book has it all. The translation from Norwegian it good and the reader wasn’t bad either. If you like Viking sagas like myself just go ahead and use the credit.

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  • Mark
  • 25-02-18

this book is a gem

This book is a gem. The reader does an excellent job bringing the story to life.

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  • Joseph A. Kelly
  • 02-02-18

Finally a great audio edition of this great book!

Loved this audio of a fantastic book! A classic adventure finally has it's audio edition.