The Hammer of Thor : Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

  • by Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by Kieran Culkin
  • Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
  • 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Thor's hammer is missing...again.
The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon - the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost; it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki - and the price he wants is very high.

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good story bad story performance by narrator

Story was great. Narrator was horrible only had one tone for all voices and moved along too quickly
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- Melo Home

Terrible narrator mars the next Norse installment

I liked the first Norse narrator, and love the narrator for the current Apollo series. Sadly, Culkin is terrible. He's incredibly fast, monotone, with a permanently sarcastic inflection. It was hard for me to listen to him and we just had to plug along to get this one done. It was also my 14 year old's least favorite narrator. We almost gave up with the one as a result.

Substantively, it was okay. I agree with Riordan's tolerant, diverse views, but am worried some of his attempts at more diverse characters are getting a bit forced. I thought the trans/nonbinary character Alex worked fine. On the other hand, I think Samirah and her relationship with her religious beliefs was a bit breaking the fourth wall or something similar. One of the suspension of belief tenets of these books has been how to reconcile current religious beliefs with verify specific gods and afterlife descriptions. It nagged at my mind a bit early on, but he solved that by having his demi-gods and their families as pretty secular or at least non-literal-interpretation religious types. And my guess is that fits most of his readership. I'm just not sure if I buy his attempts to reconcile the two things, and I feel it would have been better to skip having a character who is both extremely devout and in a religion that requires literal interpretation of religious texts and eschewing of other religious beliefs and gods. I would have felt the same way if she were a providential, quiverfull Christian.
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- Emily

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: Listening Library