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Norse Mythology


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Author: Neil Gaiman –

Publisher: HarperAudio –

Genre: Fictionalized Myth –

Overall rating: 5/5 –

Writing: 5/5 –

Duration: 6:29 (short) –

Narrator: Neil Gaiman –

Narrator/performance: 5/5 –

Impressions: 3/5 –

Performance errors: 0/5 –

Complexity/reading level: 3/5 –

Audience: Adult


I read this production a while ago yet I still remember how much I liked it. Reinterpretation of the saga brought it new charm and context. This effect is particularly interesting in the case of Loki the god. Neil Gaiman is also a great lector although not very talented in the department of character impressions.

In this audiobook, Gaiman was able to capture the strange Nordic humor of an old tale about death and destruction. Under the simplicity of the fast-paced myth, there is a disconnected quality of riddles and of the unknown, unresolved motivations of non-humans. Even though the plot revolves around vice and vengeance, the story is fresh and somewhat innocent. It is read in a manner ensuring that effect. All in all, it is a very special audio production, safe to recommend (but not necessarily to children).

Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology audiobook cover

A beautiful and simple yet a complex cover, just as the audiobook itself.

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