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Publisher's Summary

The tales of the Norse gods, of the giants, demons, trolls and dwarves, still have the power to fascinate more than a thousand years after they were first told. Here are the stories of the one-eyed god Odin, the all-seeing, who from his throne in Asgard the home of the gods, has to prepare for Ragnarok, the final conflict between good and evil. There are tales too of Tyr the god of war, of the cunning Loki, of Thor the mighty thunder god and a host of others. These retellings of the old tales are given extra dramatic perspective by the music of Mahler, Greig, Smetana, They come to life as never before.
©1998 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)1998 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Nicholas on 12-13-11

Musical interludes make my ears bleed

Where does Tales from the Norse Legends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

on a scale of 1-10 i would say this ranks around a 7 compared to other audio books i have listened to

What did you like best about this story?

Its great information. I really enjoy mythology of all cultures.

What does Benjamin Soames bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

this narrator was better then some..but not he is no roy dotrice :0)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to this selection from start to finish while driving.

Any additional comments?

the Music inbetween each section of the book was awful. not because the music sucked, it was good music, it was just about 120% louder then the narrator. So i had to turn it down...then turn it back up once the story started again.

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5 out of 5 stars
By reggie p on 03-05-04

lots of fun

I was apprehensive about this knowing nothing about Norse mythology and thinking the names would be too difficult to learn since there seems to be a shortage of vowels in Scandinavia. But I wanted to learn something new and different and boy was I glad I tried this.
These stories were delightful! Some of stories included the creation, how Tyr lost his hand, how Thor got his hammer, and Ragnarok (the twilight of the gods - final battle of good vs evil).
I learned where we got our word berserk from and that Thursday was named after Thor the Norse god of thunder. You'll especially like (or hate) Loki. He causes so much trouble.
After listening to it once, I was interested enough to do a little online research where I quickly learned the spelling of some of the names I had heard in the book. I listened to it again and enjoyed it even more. This was easy to do since it is such a short book.
The narration was also excellent, and it made these tales especially enjoyable. I highly recommend this if you want something a little different but fun.

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24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carl Chivers on 10-23-15


Well read, great stories (I am very interested in Vikings and their mythology so I am biased there).
The only complaint I could have is that the book is split into just two long chapters, even though I contains 8 or more stories (didn't count), where it should just be a chapter per story.
Very engaging though!
(even if the voices make all the gods sound a little wimpy)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-02-13

Great for light interest

Would you consider the audio edition of Tales from the Norse Legends to be better than the print version?

Enough detail to learn the awesome stories behind the Norse Legends, very well narrated - I'm very picky with voices and found this one to be very listenable

Would reccomend

Have you listened to any of Benjamin Soames’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes - Just as good, would listen to more by him

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Smile - very happy.

Any additional comments?

Worth it for the price.

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