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  • Written by: Neil Gaiman
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  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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Norse Mythology

Written by: Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
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Publisher's Summary

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman's gods are thoroughly alive - irascible, visceral, playful and passionate - and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarök and the twilight of the gods. Galvanised by Gaiman's prose, Thor, Loki, Odin and Freya are irresistible forces for modern listeners, and the crackling, brilliant writing demands to be heard around an open fire on a freezing, starlit night.

©2017 Neil Gaiman (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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A collection of Norse myths

Instead of a nicely woven story this is just bits and pieces put together for you to make a story of. Instead of a novel, this reads like collection of short stories, I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with it but it would have been better if author filled those gaps to his liking.

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Neil Gaiman paints every scene in your head.

I was apprehensive to try out this book as I had worried that I wouldn’t be able to catch some of character’s names and the places,etc. and would consequently perhaps lose the plot, but my gosh...it was so beautifully read...I found myself feeling like I was watching a movie in my head. I loved every bit of it and I listened to it every minute I could because it is entertaining, gripping and so well told by Neil Gaiman. Please do check this one out.

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Fine narration by Neil Gaiman

As a Gaiman fan, I would have downloaded any of his audiobooks. But this particular one caught my attention because I was curious to hear his version of Norse mythology. Gaiman brings to life all the heroic characters spicing their stories with humour, witty one-liners and soul. Thoroughly loved it.

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Neil Gaiman has definitely tasted Kvasir's mead

An absolutely brilliant piece of work by Neil Gaiman!
This audiobook weaves together the stories of all the characters of Norse mythology that we love. The events are tied together very well and I never got bored anywhere in this book. The stories written so well and I couldn't help but be impressed with Neil Gaiman's language.
Neil Gaiman's narration was as good or better than his writing. The expressions in his voice matched those of his stories perfectly.
An absolute delight to listen to.

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Amazing story with great narration and flow.

loved it a ton! thank you for this masterful work. Bought this for the release of God Of War Ragnarok and this actually got me interested in Norse mythology even more.

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Great read

Absolutely love Neil Gaiman's narration! This was in the true sense my first time listening to/read any norse mythology and this book serves as a lovely introduction.

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Damn!

I was told how good this book is but I wasnt ready for this... brilliantly narrated by Neil Gaiman himself, this is a wonderful book full of beautiful stories.

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It's a great revision of norse mythology

Always knew parts and pieces from different pop culture references but this was a fun retelling of the important parts of Norse Mythology all leading up to Ragnarok!

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neil gaiman is absolutely brilliant and talented.

he is without a doubt one of the best narrators on audible loved him 😃

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Beautiful & Engaging

Neil Gaiman had done an immensely amazing job of retelling the legends of Norse Mythology. The audible version of this book is absolutely engaging & beautifully narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-08-19

Great book, easy to listen to with good stories.

Loved listening to Norse Gods. I could do so over and over again. The narrator does a good job, keeping it interesting. The stories do not go in an order so you can choose which story to listen to next and go back and forth in between them.

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  • Jordan
  • 03-04-19

A Rich History of the Gods

Wonderfully told. Wonderfully read. What is otherwise a tedious headscratch of ancient tales are transformed into fantastical tales.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-03-18

Amazing.

Neil Gaiman is a wonderful writer and narrator. It was an absolute treat to listen to these tales.

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  • Sandhya
  • 27-01-18

Simply superb

I loved it. Mythology is fascinating enough, but is at another level thanks to Gaiman's obvious love for it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-22

Neil Gaiman doing what he does best!

The way that Neil Gaiman delivers the stories and just Norse Mythology in general...What more could you ask for!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-21

Simply amazing.

I've read several of the stories as a child, but I can not remember them being this entertaining. Very well written and expertly performed.

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  • Prathamesh Pagare
  • 07-02-21

The Old World's Gods and their shenanigans

Neil Gaiman's narration is superb. Not to be perceived as a voice actor, he doesn't voice all the characters differently, (major characters do get their own voices) it is clear he loves telling a good story. This book, which is a collection of short stories, covers the essence of the Norse myths. Gaiman's retelling is soothing, hilarious, even harrowing when it needs to be. An easy recommendation.

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  • Cristina
  • 25-09-19

Meraviglioso

Il libro narra le vicende degli dei nordici con freschezza e humor. Ascoltarlo letto dall'autore permette di notare la passione di Gaiman per queste storie, raccolte e cucite insieme con maestria, e di immergersi ancora di più in un racconto avvincente ed emozionante.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-19

Donna

Loved it. It was a good listen very informative. Thanks good listen. Will read again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-19

Hated it!

Couldn't stand it, it is a difficult listen and very confusing. Must've only read 1 hour

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  • AnnG
  • 03-03-17

Norseome

Neil, tells the stories of the Norse Gods with ease and in his own relaxed style that, in my opinion, bring the characters to life in a way that relates to now, its current..and I, for one absolutely loved it...I've read all the classic tomes on North Mythology, poetic Eddas, Sagas, quite heavy going for even the most dedicated seekers of the Nordic Deities ..!
I recommend pouring a large glass of mead, throwing a log on the fire, sitting back and be transported back to the world at it's very beginning with Ginnunganap, until its end with the coming of Ragnarok.
Skäl! :)

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  • Urban Fox
  • 03-03-17

Blood and ice and lots of mead!

Great myths, so many so similar to other modern tales and yet so distinct and rowdy. Made me want to go back to Iceland!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-12-20

it's ok.

Some stories are ok but not as accurate as other books. starting with referencing a freaking comic... Not a great start.... Looking for a more accurate portrayal, try- The Viking spirit.

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  • Jonathan
  • 08-03-17

Great stories, incredible adaptation.

Of course Neil Gaiman is a great writer. But when he tells the story himself you can feel the personality of each character. I especially enjoyed the shift in Thor's tone from unintelligent and slightly playful to serious as the book progressed.

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  • Hydrazine
  • 21-03-17

Excellent

I really enjoyed this as did the family who listened to it on a long car trip.

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  • K. Bridges
  • 10-03-17

Amazing tales from the North

What did you like most about Norse Mythology?

I love the way that Neil Gaiman has updated the stories and made them accessible, whilst still being true to the originals.

What other book might you compare Norse Mythology to, and why?

Almost like a book of fairy tales, but for adults

Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favourite?

Thor; I love the way he just wants to hit things with his hammer.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Watch out, the Gods are back...

Any additional comments?

I love anything by Neil Gaiman and this definitely does not disappoint.

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  • Charlotte Hobbs
  • 30-03-19

If in doubt, blame Loki

It seems from the other reviews that Gaiman's narration is a bit controversial, but I personally really liked his reading style.
These are great adaptations of the myths - a tad more adult/gory than the last time I read them, aged roughly 12 (!), but certainly not distasteful for anyone who is concerned - and the tone of the stories is brilliant. I laughed aloud with a lot of regularity, and the ever-popular dynamic between Thor and Loki is played very effectively; I get the feeling that Gaiman really likes Loki, and this version of the stories rather makes me do so too, much of the time.
It's hard to pick a favourite story out of the group as well; some of the tales here are totally new to me and learning them was fascinating, but you also have to love the old favourites, like Thor travelling to the lands of the giants. Ragnarok in particular feels very prescient right now, and that moment of hope at the very end was truly bittersweet in the best possible way. It's worth six and a half hours of your time, very, very easily.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-03-17

nice

kind of short. enjoyed the stories but as the writer said they are just bits and pieces. I would like something more fluent.

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  • Ste F
  • 22-07-19

Mixed opinion

I got this as a follow on to listening to Mythos which I thoroughly enjoyed but in comparison these stories were not as interesting and more confusing. Particularly when it comes to inconsistent timelines and the general size and strength of characters. Good if you want to know a bit more about Norse mythology but not if you're a fan of any of the Thor marvel films.

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  • Lissa
  • 20-07-17

Sibilated S sounds

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I love Neil Gaiman's books but I've discovered my ears are too sensitive for his siblated S sounds, I was cringing until I gave up a quarter of the book through. It could be just me...

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I will read it in print instead.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-17

Mythology at its best

Enthralling mythology tails that keep me sitting in my car listening long after my journey home had finished

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  • Charles
  • 15-03-17

Yes!!!

You will enjoy this book, and then it ends and you'll want to listen again

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  • Troy Abraham
  • 19-05-17

Great book! Fantastic narration

Neil Gaiman does a phenomenal job at illustrating the stories of Norse gods and goddesses and his narration brings great life to each character. A pleasure to listen, I wish there were more!

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  • David Jefferies
  • 26-06-17

Simplistic and boring

I found myself zoning out and often bored by the stories despite their brevity and variation. It felt childish and uninspired. Didn't bother to finish. Neil Gaiman's performance was lacklustre and didn't help.

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  • Peter P. Whyte
  • 20-05-17

Who doesn't love Thor?

Excellent and entertaining introduction to Norse mythology. Covered the major points well. You really wonder how the gods tolerated Loki for so long.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-17

Delightful!

The stories really begin from chapter six onwards, and then they are fantastic stories. Neil Gaiman reads them well too - very absorbing!

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  • William
  • 20-05-19

An exceptional journey

What a wonderfully written novel this was. Gaiman's storytelling is exceptional; he gives just enough detail to place oneself within the exciting old Nordic world, but not too much that nothing is left to the imagination. Don't want to say much more than that. Superb listen. Well worthy of your time.

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  • Sean
  • 08-09-18

Love for Neil Gaiman

What you expect from Neil Gaiman; engaging and beguiling. The myths provide a great insight into Norse culture. Only disappointment is that the myths pale in comparison to Neil's other stories and I was expecting the same level of beauty.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-04-17

Beautifully​ told and read

A pleasure to listen to. Since this was my first time through the Norse myths, I was equally amazed at how closely Tolkien follows

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