Norse mythology

Neil Gaiman

Sound recording - 2017

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he presents his fashioning of the primeval Norse myths into a novel, which 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 recreating the characters--the gods with their fiercely co...mpetitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendencey to let passion ignite their actions--and making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.--

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2nd Floor COMPACT DISC/293/Gaiman Due Jul 9, 2022
[New York] : Harper Audio [2017]
Physical Description
6 audio discs (6 hours, 30 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
Main Author
Neil Gaiman (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Prepare to be transported into the realm of the ancient Norse gods, and who better to tell their tales than Gaiman? Much of Gaiman's massively popular canon can be traced back to all things mythic, and the litany of his literary awards is long, including Hugo, Bram Stoker, Nebula, Newbery, and Carnegie. Gaiman has also carved out an impressive reputation for his storytelling skills, earning many honors for his narration. This paean to the Nordic gods will resonate with his many fans, including those enjoying the television serialization of his American Gods, as well as fans of Marvel Comic's Thor film series. Written in a conversational tone, this retelling honors the mythic Norse background with a modern-day accent all Gaiman's own as the gods of Asgard take on an intimate, breezy informality. A lighthearted attitude prevails as Gaiman colors dialogue with audible, British-dialect-tinged characterization: Thor's innocent dimwittedness; Loki's devious spitefulness; Odin's world-weary, fatherly wisdom. There are quiet moments, as Gaiman conjures the poetic majesty of the source material for the Icelandic Prose Edda, while brutal episodes of death and destruction are voiced with dark intensity. This top-notch audio harkens back to oral tradition, with a twenty-first-century sensibility, and is a truly all-ages production. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Gaiman is a talented storyteller, as both writer and a narrator. In his latest audiobook, he turns both talents to an imaginative retelling of old Norse folklore. The figures in these myths are well-known to most people: Odin, the highest and oldest of the gods; his son Thor the Thunderer; and Loki, his conniving and treacherous blood brother. They, along with the other gods who inhabit Asgard, live in a universe of giants, elves, dwarves, and men. Gaiman chronicles the history of these gods and their varied adventures from the beginning of their creation to their ending at the final battle of Ragnarok, and on to their eventual renewal. Gaiman's affection for these myths is evident throughout the audiobook. His gods bellow and rage and whine and battle and plot, but his reading is never over the top. His mellow British-accented voice keeps the pace consistent, hits all the right dramatic notes, and brings new life, for a new generation to discover, to these ancient stories. A Norton hardcover. (Feb.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The New York Times best-selling author of A View From the Cheap Seats presents a bravura rendering of the major Norse pantheon that traces the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and the exploits of its characters, illuminating the characters and natures of iconic figures Odin, Thor and Loki. Read by the author. Simultaneous.