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A well-written introduction to the history of Scandinavia. Not just a litany of people, places, and events. The author takes time to explore the culture, art, literature, politics, and religion of Scandinavia.
The narrator reads fairly well, but his habit of ending every sentence with the same inflection and dragging out the last syllable of every sentence drove me batty. Unlike the best narrators he was never telling a story. He was merely reading a book.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
Winroth's perspective on the Vikings is fair, balanced, and excellent. Identifying how primary sources and their origins have affected the way we view the Vikings compared to other equally savage contemporaries is insightful and helpful.
One caveat: the narrator is horrendous. Not only is the same inflection used throughout, pronunciation is terrible. I don't just mean the pronunciation of unique Nordic-origin words (all of which are butchered) but also a variety of words like "prelate" and "sepulcher", which the narrator had apparently never heard spoken aloud before. The speaking voice is pleasant, but this seems like a case where the narrator could have been prepped in the basics of Nordic language family pronunciations as well as any kind of oversight for the pronunciations found on the final recordings. I love this book but this recording makes me wish I'd bought it in print first.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
the book itself is well written but the narrator is monotonous and very tedious to listen to.
Really enjoyed this thorough history but about half way they it became more about the church. I would have liked more Viking and only a little on the church's involvement of the Vikings and more on the prominent Vikings.
The performance was good but certain words were pronounced wrong.