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  • Written by: Neil Gaiman
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  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,456 ratings)

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Norse Mythology

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Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
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Publisher's Summary

Introducing an instant classic - master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerge the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

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What the critics say

"Neil Gaiman's retelling of Norse myths is destined to become a classic for both his sure-footed stories and his captivating performance.... The tales seem timeless, and Gaiman's melodic narration so strongly echoes the oral tradition of myths that it's as if the narrator has stepped out of the stories themselves." (AudioFile)

"In 'Norse Mythology,' Gaiman brings voice to the old myths so viscerally that listening to the audiobook every night for a week, I thought my bedroom might explode into Valhalla.... In fact the entire Norse pantheon, including dwarves and giants and demons, plays out as vividly as a novel or film.... Hearing the great myths spoken in a language from my present with a trace of ancient history physically broke me open, Gaiman's voice bringing the characters to life." (The New York Times Book Review)

Editorial Review

Champion storyteller Neil Gaiman presents his beautifully told interpretation of the Norse myths.

Bestselling fantasy author Neil Gaiman is widely acclaimed for his detailed storytelling, vivid prose, and wonderfully imaginative worldbuilding. His fiction and fairy tales feature the likes of Coraline, The Graveyard Book, American Gods and The Sandman series. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman presents his creative take on the great Norse myths.

For his bold and vibrant retelling of classic Norse legends, Gaiman immerses listeners in the fantastical world of gods, dwarves, deities, giants and Vikings. This audiobook, which Gaiman aptly narrates himself, features the story of Asgard and Ragnarok, a tale that foretold the world’s destruction and death of Norse gods. You’ll also hear the stories of the god Odin; Thor, Odin’s son who is wildly strong and associated with his hammer, most famously referred to as Thor’s Hammer; and Loki, a trickster and manipulative god.

Norse Mythology is a wonderfully modern take on a tale as old as time itself. If you’re a fan of Marvel’s Thor and want a different take on the Norse myth, or if you’re simply a fan of rich and fantastical storytelling, listen to the Norse Mythology audiobook.

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Didn't want it to end

I've always been a huge fan of Gaiman, but hadn't yet read this book. When I mentioned to a friend about wanting to learn more about the mythology they suggested this. It's an excellent primer, and expertly told in easy to understand stories. It was so entertaining, and Gaiman really delivers as the narrator.

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Simply Amazing

This was an amazing audiobook, crammed full of amazing tales. I was held captive for the entire story I could not will myself away. I would highly recommend the listen

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Another Awesome Read by an Amazing Writer

Though short, this is a fantastic book for anyone interested in learning about Norse Mythology or storytelling in general. Neil Gaiman brings his oratory talents to another smartly written tale.

Definitely worth your time and money. HOWEVER!!! If you haven't purchased and listened to Gaiman's "The Ocean at the End of the Lane", DO THAT NOW. By far is most arresting work and read beautifully and heart-breakingly by the author.

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Amazing!

Amazing performance and amazing story! Definitely a must listen for fans of history and mythology.

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Really enjoyed this!

If you love mythology, you will enjoy this audiobook. I was curious about Norse mythology being only familiar with greek mythology. Well selected stories are very enjoyable! Narrator does a good job.

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By Odin's Beard

This is a terrifically fun listen. Neil Gaiman prose is once again bang on in the retelling these old tales.
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A fun journey into myths

Seemingly seemless presentation...the tales are expertly woven into an exciting journey, with tragedy and laughter. Excellent!!

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well worth the price.

I ripped through this one. He is very entertaining and if you are already familiar with these tales you can still enjoy his subtleties.

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An amazing glimpse to our past

If you’re hming and hawing about reading or listening to this book, do yourself a favour and just do it. It was read and preformed so we’ll. The stories were woven together so amazingly. Learning the stories that were told hundreds and thousands of year ago from my ancestor’s and as such an amazing experience. Though I wish there was more around it is amazing how Neil wove them together in such an artful manner

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Engaging and funny telling of Norse myths

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It offers a great overview of Norse mythology which, as it turns out, is surprisingly humorous. Gaiman does a great job bringing his text to life. Fans of the Stephen Fry books on Greek mythology will likely enjoy this as well.

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