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4.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 5 4.67 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Gaiman Narrator: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9780062663641
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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 dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • A February 2017 LibraryReads Pick
  • A BookRiot Pick of the Most Anticipated Books of 2017
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month got February 2017
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Washington Post Top 10 Book of Books We Loved
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About the Author
Author Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, and he has also penned many books for readers of all ages, including American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and M Is for Magic. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living postmodern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. He has written multiple New York Times bestselling books and is a Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus Award-winner. He has also worked in support of First Amendment rights and was awarded the Defender of Liberty Award in August 1997 by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for his efforts. Born and raised in England, Neil now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has somehow reached his fifties and tends to always need a haircut.