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Would you consider the audio edition of Norse Code to be better than the print version?
Different. I don't like to say better, because the book was amazing when I read it back in 2009. However, that said, Dave Thompson does a wonderful job bringing the characters to life.
What did you like best about this story?
The imagery of Southern California, the action, the sideways story line. And, the fact that this is fantasy for adults who want some depth to the characters. I love having a Hispanic Norse character. It's just so modern and fresh!
Have you listened to any of Dave Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Dave Thompson's work is stellar. He has a nice baritone quality that is comfortable to listen to. and he doesn't overact the characters or make them more or less than the author would want. This reading is similar to his reading of Briarpatch.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There were moments of incredible beauty in this book that I will never forget. Some of the description is so spot on that I could see the image in my head. Wonderful stuff.
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Where does Norse Code rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is up there with my favorites so far.
Who was your favorite character and why?
It's hard to say whether I liked Mist, Hermod, or Grimnir the most, so I'm going to say there was a three way tie. Unless I can choose Winston as my favorite.
I always love a story where the characters are all likable. No one is perfect, they're all quite flawed people (or Gods) but they're all fleshed out and real seeming.
Which scene was your favorite?
There were many scenes that I loved, but there were a few that stand out. The diner scene with the Sybil (when she's wearing the Vikings cap with a missing horn) made me laugh. There was one line in particular that had me literally laugh out loud and replay it more than thrice...I don't want to spoil it as Dave Thompson read it splendidly, but it was about other people's Dwarven items...I may take that line and make it a digital signature, it's that awesome.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The relationship between Mist and Hermod is beautiful.
Any additional comments?
Dave Thompson knocked the narration out of the park. Some of the names were tricky for me to identify, or would have been with a different narrator, I think. His pronunciation was clear enough to help me keep the characters apart.
Greg Van Eekhout has written an extremely enjoyable and entertaining tale and I look forward to reading (listening?) to more from him!
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