Norse Mythology

  • by Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by Neil Gaiman
  • 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Introducing an instant classic - master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerge the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

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What the Critics Say

"Neil Gaiman's retelling of Norse myths is destined to become a classic for both his sure-footed stories and his captivating performance.... The tales seem timeless, and Gaiman's melodic narration so strongly echoes the oral tradition of myths that it's as if the narrator has stepped out of the stories themselves." (AudioFile)

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I battled yard work, then drank & feasted in Valhalla!

This was true story telling. I wasn't studying, or researching, nor was I seeking a bedtime story. I was enriched! "Were you not entertained!?" YES, YES, I was entertained.

I had about... six hours of hard yard work to do (flood repair), shoveling mud and rock. But with this book, I battled the mud and rock and then drank and feasted in Valhalla!

It was the perfect length. I was fortunate enough to listen in one "sitting". The short stories were great pausing points for water breaks and lunch. They would be good for stopping points if you couldn't listen in one sitting.

N. Gaiman is a great narrator, OMGs, his Thor voice is excellent! If I hadn't been baTTling the rocks, mud and rain, I'd have been sitting by the fire, drinking a pint of ale, listening to Uncle Neil tell us all how Thor got his hammer. His voice is that familiar story teller in your head and heart.

Lastly, I'm terrible with names, really. About five mins in, I thought I'm gonna be lost with these lesser known Gods. But trust the author/narrator. You'll remember who you need to, when you need to.

I go now, in search of the Chess Board of the Gods... Etsy?
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- Twin B

Fun Stories from a Master Storyteller

Norse Mythology. Neil Gaiman. A project he’s been working on for 7 years, narrated by Gaiman himself. This book made me weak in the knees. Neil really lives this stuff, and you can tell he has a passion for the subject matter.

As he points out in the prologue, myths are an oral tradition and the best thing about them is how they change and evolve with each telling. And so they do here as Gaiman gives these ancient cultural stories a divine sense of character, and voices the plethora of monsters, humans, gods, and giants exceptionally well.

I swear, the moment you start listening to these intricate and enchanting tales you won’t want to leave the world that Neil has so deliberately crafted to be relatable, visionary, and entertaining.
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- Michael - Audible "Editor at Audible -- I like self-dev, Sci-Fi, and Fiction that leans a little bit towards literary."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio