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Norse Mythology

Autor: Neil Gaiman
Sprecher: Neil Gaiman
Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 29 Min.
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Editors Select, February 2017 - Norse Mythology. Neil Gaiman. A project he's been working on for seven years, narrated by Gaiman himself. This book made me weak in the knees. Neil really lives this stuff, and you can tell he has a passion for the subject matter. As he points out in the prologue, myths are an oral tradition, and the best thing about them is how they change and evolve with each telling. And so they do here as Gaiman gives these ancient cultural tales a divine sense of character and voices the plethora of monsters, humans, gods, and giants exceptionally well. I swear, the moment you start listening to these intricate and enchanting tales, you won't want to leave the world that Neil has so deliberately crafted to be relatable, visionary, and entertaining. --Michael, Audible Editor 

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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 emerges 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. 

 Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Neil Gaiman (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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"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)

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Ancient Norse Mythology in Modern Attire

Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology follows the tradition of the storytellers of old. His captivating voice takes you right into Valhalla, where you meet not only the entire Norse pantheon, but monsters, ogres, dwarves and giants. The prose is a terrific blend of ancient terms and modern idioms and the aural picture, he creates, is overwhelming. The analogies and similes he comes up with are unusual and brilliant and not without humor sometimes. He takes you on a ride with the Valkyries, where you meet murder, treachery, slaughter and carnal excess, but also love, loyalty and courage. After all, the Norse Gods are not too different from us.

The content and nature of the stories vary to a certain extent, some draw a picture of the nine worlds and the gods in general, some others are more like adventures of individual gods, spiced with a little bit of bragging and showing off.

In total there are 11 stories:

Mimir's Head and Odin's Eye
The Treasures of the Gods
The Master Builder
Freya's Unusual Wedding
Hymir and Thor's Fishing Expedition
The Mead of the Poets
The Children of Loki
The Story of Gerd and Frey
The Death of Balder
The Last Days of Loki
Ragnarok

Listen to them, you will not regret it.

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A great collection of norse stories

This is a collection of norse stories. The author made some small changes but explained those in the introduction.
If you like norse mythology you might know most of them already, but Neil Gaiman's version of the Vanir and aesir is well told and worth the listen.

My only complain is, that it felt "read" rather than "told" in certain chapters. It's hard to put in words, but that's why I "only" gave 4/5 for the narration.

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Der Vorleser spricht jeden Charakter unverkennbar

der Vorleser hat eine sehr angenehme Stimme und vertont jeden Charakter etwas anders.
Sehr gutes Buch, ideal zum nebenbei hören

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Nice tidbits

I enjoyed listening to both the story and the recounting. It's definitely pleasing to listen to, but personally it didn't grip me entirely.

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A great read

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history or mythology. I for sure enjoyed it even though the last few stories of the book where slightly repetitive. great read.

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Unterhaltsamer Einstieg in nordische Mythologie

Ich habe Norse Mythology auf einer Zugreise durch Skandinavien gehört - das perfekte Setting ;) Die Handlung ist in mehrere Kurzgeschichten unterteilt, was praktisch war, denn so konnte ich auf jeder Zufahrt ein Geschichte anhören.

Neil Gaiman als Sprecher mochte ich. Sein Englisch ist gut verständlich, und er vermochte, jedem Charakter Persönlichkeit einzuhauchen.

Besonders häufig zum Schmunzeln
brachte mich die Darstellung Thors.

Für mich der perfekte Einstieg in die nordischen Mythen! :)

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Addictive Storytelling

Neil Gaiman at his best - a master storyteller and his favourite tales from childhood.

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High expectations were met

I expected a lot from a book about norse mythology by Neil Gaiman, especially if he narrates it himself. All expectations were met, a great book!

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Excellent introduktion to the Norse gods and sagas

Best story is where Thor's hammer disappears :-) and Freya rejects to marry an ogre to get Thor his hammer back. And they at just so childish and egocentric, if this was to be a movie, captain Jack Sparrow would have to be Loke.

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  • 28.02.2019

superficial but funny

People who are interested in mythology won't learn anything new, but the presentation is entertaining, and the reader is great.