Norse Mythology

By Neil Gaiman
Read by Neil Gaiman

6.50 Hours 02/07/2017 unabridged
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Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by anient 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 stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki son of a giant blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

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Summary

Summary

A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration by the Author

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

#1 New York Times bestseller

Washington Post Top 10 Book of Books We Loved

An Amazon Best Book of the Month got February 2017

A February 2017 LibraryReads Pick

A BookRiot Pick of the Most Anticipated Books of 2017

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by anient 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 stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki son of a giant blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Neil Gaiman’s retelling of Norse myths is destined to become a classic for both his sure-footed stories and his captivating performance. Listeners may be familiar with the main characters of Norse mythology…but Gaiman delves deeper…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. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Gaiman assumes the role of fireside bard, inviting us to sit close on a chilly winter’s night and chuckle and wonder along with him.” Financial Times (London)
“Weaving together ancient Norse mythology with twenty-first-century sensibility, Gaiman’s storytelling once again recreates an entire genre for the modern reader.” Newsweek
“As always, Gaiman’s a charming raconteur..[and he] recognizes a ripping yarn when he sees one.” Los Angeles Times
“In these accessible, retold tales, fantasy is odd, and real, and dire.” Boston Globe
“Who else but Neil Gaiman could become an accomplice of the gods, using the sorcery of words to make their stories new?…Addictive reading for young and old.” Maria Tatar, chair, Program in Folklore and Mythology, Harvard University

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Author Bio: Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the author of several #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Norse Mythogy, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Anansi Boys, and others, as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. His novel American Gods aired as a TV series in 2017. Originally from England, he lives in the United States, where he is a professor at Bard College.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English