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    7.3 hrs • 6/23/2015 • Unabridged

    In AD 793 Norse warriors struck the English isle of Lindisfarne and laid waste to it. Wave after wave of Norse “sea-wolves” followed in search of plunder, land, or a glorious death in battle. Much of the British Isles fell before their swords, and the continental capitals of Paris and Aachen were sacked in turn. Turning east, they swept down the uncharted rivers of central Europe, captured Kiev, and clashed with mighty Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. But there is more to the Viking story than brute force. They were makers of law—the term itself comes from an Old Norse word—and they introduced a novel form of trial by jury to England. They were also sophisticated merchants and explorers who settled Iceland, founded Dublin, and established a trading network that stretched from Baghdad to the coast of North America. In The Sea Wolves, Lars Brownworth brings to life this extraordinary Norse world of epic poets, heroes, and travelers through the stories of the great Viking figures. Among others, Leif the Lucky, who discovered a new world; Ragnar Lodbrok, the scourge of France; Eric Bloodaxe, who ruled in York; and the crafty Harald Hardrada illuminate the saga of the Viking age—a time which “has passed away and grown dark under the cover of night.”

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    The Sea Wolves

    7.3 hrs • 6/23/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 13.2 hrs • 4/22/2015 • Unabridged

    Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than ten years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. In this timely book, he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another. Why are the Danes so happy, despite having the highest taxes? Do the Finns really have the best education system? Are the Icelanders as feral as they sometimes appear? How are the Norwegians spending their fantastic oil wealth? And why do all of them hate the Swedes? In The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Michael Booth explains who the Scandinavians are, how they differ and why, what their quirks and foibles are, and he explores why these societies have become so successful and models for the world. Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterized by suffocating parochialism, and populated by extremists of various shades. They may very well be almost nearly perfect, but it isn’t easy being Scandinavian.

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    The Almost Nearly Perfect People

    13.2 hrs • 4/22/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 5.0 hrs • 1/1/2013

    In The Norsemen, Professor Michael D. C. Drout immerses listeners in the extraordinary legacy of the Viking civilization that developed in modern-day Scandinavia during the early Middle Ages.  During the course of these lectures, Professor Drout explores how these peoples conquered all of northern Europe, traveled as far as Byzantium in the East and North America in the West, and left a literary legacy that includes numerous works studied and enjoyed to this day.

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    14.8 hrs • 2/6/2012 • Unabridged

    Raiders and traders, settlers and craftsmen, the medieval Scandinavians who have become familiar to history as Vikings never lose their capacity to fascinate, from their ingeniously designed longboats to their stormy pantheon of gods and goddesses. Robert Ferguson is a sure guide across what he calls “the treacherous marches which divide legend from fact in Viking age history.” His long familiarity with the literary culture of Scandinavia is combined with the latest archaeological discoveries to reveal a sweeping picture of one of history’s most amazing civilizations.

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    The Vikings

    14.8 hrs • 2/6/12 • Unabridged
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