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Summary

Norse mythology forms the delicate backbone of countless modern stories. Fascinating, dramatic and deliberate, with a gripping tension and vitality, the best-selling author of American Gods brings these Norse tales to life.

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman's gods are thoroughly alive - irascible, visceral, playful and passionate - and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarök and the twilight of the gods. Galvanised by Gaiman's prose, Thor, Loki, Odin and Freya are irresistible forces for modern listeners, and the crackling, brilliant writing demands to be heard around an open fire on a freezing, starlit night.

©2017 Neil Gaiman (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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nice

kind of short. enjoyed the stories but as the writer said they are just bits and pieces. I would like something more fluent.

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  • AnnG
  • Gillingham, United Kingdom
  • 03-03-17

Norseome

Neil, tells the stories of the Norse Gods with ease and in his own relaxed style that, in my opinion, bring the characters to life in a way that relates to now, its current..and I, for one absolutely loved it...I've read all the classic tomes on North Mythology, poetic Eddas, Sagas, quite heavy going for even the most dedicated seekers of the Nordic Deities ..!
I recommend pouring a large glass of mead, throwing a log on the fire, sitting back and be transported back to the world at it's very beginning with Ginnunganap, until its end with the coming of Ragnarok.
Skäl! :)

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Blood and ice and lots of mead!

Great myths, so many so similar to other modern tales and yet so distinct and rowdy. Made me want to go back to Iceland!

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a great collection of short stories

Read by Neil Gaimen (which I think helps give the listener more of an insight as to the mind of the author), they are fun yet interesting and hold up well against Neil's longer books. It is clear they are a compendium of ideas that perhaps were going to be larger things but as a collection of short stories there is a general theme running through them and I can keep going back and enjoying them over and over again.

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Great stories, incredible adaptation.

Of course Neil Gaiman is a great writer. But when he tells the story himself you can feel the personality of each character. I especially enjoyed the shift in Thor's tone from unintelligent and slightly playful to serious as the book progressed.

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Excellent

I really enjoyed this as did the family who listened to it on a long car trip.

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Amazing tales from the North

What did you like most about Norse Mythology?

I love the way that Neil Gaiman has updated the stories and made them accessible, whilst still being true to the originals.

What other book might you compare Norse Mythology to, and why?

Almost like a book of fairy tales, but for adults

Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favourite?

Thor; I love the way he just wants to hit things with his hammer.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Watch out, the Gods are back...

Any additional comments?

I love anything by Neil Gaiman and this definitely does not disappoint.

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A Solid re-telling

Based on the blurb I was expecting a lot from this book, maybe too much. What could be better than an imaginative writer such as Gaiman taking the Norse Legends and putting them through his creative processes. The blurb talks about how he has applied what they term crackling, brilliant writing. All well and good but I didn't see that, they still came over as a collection of pleasant but straightforward re-tellings of the old myths.

It is well read by Gaiman himself but in the end I found them used best as fillers between other books. I did enjoy listening to them even though I'm not really someone who normally enjoys listening to fables. It just feels like it could have been so much more.

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Great short stories. <br />

very much enjoyed listening to the short stories, great performance by Neil although in some places seemed a little childish and straight forward. I would recommend this book as a introduction to the mythology genre.

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Rushed Narration

The subject matter is rich and compelling, but the narration felt so rushed and quick paced that it was difficult to retain the information let alone enjoy the story line.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-03-18

Amazing.

Neil Gaiman is a wonderful writer and narrator. It was an absolute treat to listen to these tales.

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  • Sandhya
  • 27-01-18

Simply superb

I loved it. Mythology is fascinating enough, but is at another level thanks to Gaiman's obvious love for it.

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  • RJP
  • 05-08-18

Wonderful Adventure

Well written, well read, a thrilling journey into the mystical halls of Norse mythology. The only complaint I have is that it was over far too quickly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-18

Amazing!

Amazing story, loved every second. Felt like I was there with Odin, Thor and Loki. Very nice, will listen to it again.

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  • Roger
  • 22-06-18

Timeless fables to share around the camp fire


Everything I love about myths, but modern and fresh too. Filled all the timeless metaphors old legends try to warn us about, but also the charm and heart that is Niel Gaiman.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-01-18

Must read for mythology lovers!

the beautiful narrative really brings the characters to life! recommend listening for kids and adults!

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  • C. M. Jones
  • 13-11-17

Wonderful stories

The stories are told so well and Neil Gaiman’s narration is excellent. I can’t think of a good reason not to listen to this again.

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  • M. Botha
  • 05-07-17

Norse Mythology overview at its best

Neil Gaiman managed a near impossible task in creating a view of Norse Mythology that I could understand. Since I did not grow up in the UK or Ireland, it was very confusing, until he retold the stories is a way that seems to follow a chronological structure.
Teaching by story telling - the way it ought to be done all the time.
Thanks Neil.

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  • PunchieCWG
  • 02-06-17

Excellent

I loved this, these myths do especially well as and audio book. Mr. Gaiman's faithful rendition of the myths are really good. I am glad i bought this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-05-17

The Gods, Frail, Failing and LIkeable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is a great and friendly way to become acquainted with the impressive mythology of a people who once adventured far and wide.

What other book might you compare Norse Mythology to and why?

Homer's Odyssey

What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

The characters he puts on the stage, although bestowed with divine powers, have all the shortcomings of mere mortals. Their petty squabbles, foolish actions, deceptions and heroic feats makes you relate to them.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Gods; Survive against the Odds