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Author: Betsy Tobin Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Penguin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781101024850
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Unabridged ? 10 hours A beautiful epic of love, longing, redemption, and enchantment in the tradition of Marion Zimmer Bradley?s The Mists of Avalon. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The novels of Betsy Tobin are dark and bloody, sensual and mythic. . . In ICE LAND Tobin inhabits this pagan land with passion and intensity. The Observer (UK)
  • [ICE LAND] pulses with subversion and unexpected passion. . . an elegy not merely to a different age where the gods were perceived as not so distant, but also crucially to a tradition of storytelling; the gathering around a bright fire to hear tales of hardship, magic and love. It is surprising just how resonant they still are. Telegraph (UK)
  • Tobin's descriptions of the natural relief of Iceland are triumphant. Time Out (UK)
  • Magic....[this] flight through the seamy side of Scandinavian myth is not as cold as the title might suggest. It's a story of sex, love, blood, and the twilight of the gods, punctuated with hot pools, boiling magma, and volcanic explosions. Very steamy! Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander novels
  • A rich, complex, and compelling tale of myth, magic and very human passion. Tobin weaves together legend and history into an epic saga, layering the grandeur of a semi-mythic Iceland with the familiar landscape of the human heart. Lauren Willig, author of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
  • Ice Land had me with its first sentence. I loved the book's journey into long- ago time and the myths of epic, ancient gods. Tobin is a skillful and talented writer. Karleen Koen, author of Dark Angels
  • A very engrossing read. Told in Betsy Tobin's lyrical voice and set against a backdrop of mythical and natural grandeur, Ice Land is a tale both sensual and violent. Kristen Britain, author of the Green Rider series
  • [Tobin] hits big... [Her] rich understanding of the source material, backed up by deft historical touches...brings the narrative to life. Publisher's Weekly
  • One does not often meet a heroine with the power of flight, but Betsy Tobin's characters are hardly ordinary people. . . Not just a good story, but one of the greatest. The Times (UK)
  • Tobin captures this world in all its complexity. . . Here is a world where magic and mystery rise from the currents of nature and not in defiance of it. The land itself, and the sea and sky surrounding, engender myth as naturally as the salmon spawns. The Independent (UK)
  • ICE LAND is a lyrically written epic inspired by the beauty and the history of that island, and the rich world of Norse mythology that infuses it. . . Indeed the novel grafts a modern sensibility on to ancient myth, and is as much a contemplation of love and relationships as an epic adventure. . . Tobin finds female complexity at the heart of Norse mythology. Sunday Telegraph (UK)

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/16/2014

    " Very good fantasy based on Norse Myths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catyche | 2/5/2014

    " In this book Betsy Tobin uses sparse and wintry prose to bring to life the gods and goddesses of Norse mythology. The setting is Iceland in 1000 AD in the weeks before the volcano Hekla is to erupt and a new religion (Christianity) is spreading across all of Iceland. The story follows Freya, the goddess of love and fertility, on her quest to posess a special gold necklace in order to possibly prevent the great eruption. There is also Fulla, an orphan being raised by her grandfather in the midst of a dispute over land with the neigboring clan of Skallagrim and Dvalin, a half-man/half-dwarf who through a series of circumstances comes into contact with Freya which changes the course of his life forever. The book is made up of chapters alternating between the viewpoints of Freya, Fulla and Dvalin with the exception of one chapter narrated by Vili, a young man from the Skallagrim clan. Over all, an amazing novel about the power of love, faith and the shadow of fate on our lives from a talented author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 2/3/2014

    " The writing is filled with cliches and the plot is stolen from Tolkien and Shakespeare, but this is still a great read. Bonuses - a goddess takes a road trip with a dwarf and we get to find out how gods Odin, Freya and the gang react when people start worshipping Jesus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irinak | 1/14/2014

    " Beautiful story, but very slow "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 1/11/2014

    " Read DT version. Interesting interplay of a sort of magical realism and historical fiction as the chapters alternate between the Viking goddess Freya and an Icelandic farm girl, mirroring the change in Icelandic culture from the Norse gods to Christianity. I'd enjoy a reread sometime. A bit of Freya's story escaped me, although it made a beautiful read nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher | 12/27/2013

    " A bit of a disappointment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 12/7/2013

    " I suspect i would have enjoyed it more if I read the print version. The audiobook did not captivate me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Asl4u | 11/14/2013

    " Its an amazing love story; couples, and human relationships - filled with wonderful reminesences of the Gods. I loved this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/28/2013

    " The writing was beautiful--even a little lyrical--but the story never really grabbed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brunvatne | 10/19/2013

    " I wouldn't recommend reading this because of any interest in mythology. But if you like cute love stories and a little nature writing, like myself, read Ice Land! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 8/21/2013

    " Very lite read but not bad. Very feminine feel throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharlene | 12/24/2012

    " A lovely book but it felt a bit rushed at parts. I would have loved for it to have been "fleshed" out a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth | 11/13/2012

    " It took me awhile to 'get into' this book, but the middle and end did not disappoint. It is a beautiful story about Iceland in the days of the Norse gods; Freya especially. My favorite quote, "Perhaps heaven is a place defined by man's absence." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lydia | 4/19/2012

    " I thought that the author created a beautiful picture of the landscape, but for me, the book lacked excitement and intrigue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 1/9/2012

    " I am really interested in the country, and enjoy books about Gods, but was inspired by a good review (maybe just one word comment taken out of context by the book's publisher's) by Diana Gabaldon. Not the same level of engagement at all, but still new and fun and easy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 6/20/2011

    " it's a little Norse mythology with a splash of Clan of The Cave Bear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charity | 3/14/2011

    " A very hard book to get into at first. I almost gave up, in fact. However, I kept going and the story wasn't as boring and finally showed some adventure and mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/6/2010

    " The writing was beautiful--even a little lyrical--but the story never really grabbed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 10/11/2010

    " This was a really good book. It really makes me want to read more about Norse mythology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 9/11/2010

    " This book is difficult to classify. In the spirit of Scandinavian-style sagas, Tobin tackles those places on the landscape where myth and history meet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 8/22/2010

    " This book has all the part that I love in a book; Magic or Magical Realism, interesting characters in an involved tale as well as a setting in a new or unusual location -11th Century Iceland! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 8/15/2010

    " This book was difficult to understand at first but then I really liked it. It seems to be setting up for a sequel so I look forward to that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crissy | 8/2/2010

    " Absolutely magical and enchanting. Easily my favorite book of the year thus far! "

About the Narrator

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. In 2006, she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration and in 2004 for Best Inspirational Literature Narration. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and has won nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she has appeared on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse and the Square One Theater, among others.