The Sword of Summer : Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

  • by Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by Christopher Guetig
  • Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
  • 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows - a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants, and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes the only way to start a new life is to die....

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First I was disappointed, then I was angry

As I began listening to this book I was rather disappointed in the narration. As I continued to listen I became incredulous as to just how poor the narration was—stilted reading of the text, unconvincing character voices, atrocious attempts at accents. Then I found myself becoming angry—not at the narrator, at the audiobook publishers. This appears to be the narrators first attempt at audio narration and he obviously had no idea what the art of narration required. Furthermore, he likely didn’t know what audiobook readers expect and how demanding we are… but the publishers knew.

Now I am actually angry with the publishers at Penguin/Random House/Listening Library for throwing this performer to the wolves without a second thought. He is going to be slammed for the quality of the narration—sadly, deservedly so—and I feel certain he had no idea such a slap down was likely. What were the publishers thinking?! They knew the narration would be included in reviews. They knew readers didn’t appreciate the poor narration of the last two books they published by Riordan. And they had to know this performance would be received even more poorly than those. Why would they set up anyone for the public humiliation that will come with the performance of this book?

Rather than list the name of the narrator, they should list the names of the people responsible for choosing someone to read this book who didn’t have the skills required for a satisfying audio experience. I’ve heard others say before that large publishers aren’t concerned with quality, only money. This is the first time I’ve felt the publisher’s insult so blatantly: “You stupid audiobook listeners will snap up anything so we don’t have to give you quality… who cares if you actually enjoy the experience of reading this book!”

I also feel sorry for Rick Riordan who has put a lot of work into creating this new series, only to have it butchered by a publisher who hires a narrator with insufficient talent or experience to do justice to the work.

If this narrator continues with the next book in the series, someone needs to give him some serious coaching on how to read text in a natural manner, differentiate character voices effectively, and—please, dear lord, please—how to do accents! I’m sure this guy can learn… somebody please help him… I don’t want to have to give another crushing review of his performance!
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- Jeanie

The Narration, Good Grief - My Ears are Bleeding

Like Jennifer B, I am a huge Rick Riordan fan. I had preordered this book, and am currently on chap 12. If you've read/listened to Mr Riordan's other books, you know the basic process that he lays the story out, etc. This book is no different, you get introduced to the main character and it builds from there...

The narration provided by Christopher Guetig makes my ears bleed. It sounds like it's being read half pace behind with this "I just woke up and my nose is stuff up" tone. Who picked this guy? Seriously. It's a wonder I've made it this far on the audiobook.
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- Susan W

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2015
  • Publisher: Listening Library