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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,855 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Gaiman Narrator: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780061962608
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Neil Gaiman takes listeners on a wild and magical trip to the land of giants and gods and back. In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he’s had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing winter is making villagers dangerously grumpy.

Out in the forest Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle—three creatures with a strange story to tell. Now Odd is forced on a journey to save Asgard, city of the gods, from the Frost Giants who have invaded it. It’s going to take a very special kind of twelve-year-old boy to outwit the Frost Giants, restore peace to the city of gods, and end the long winter. Someone cheerful and infuriating and clever…

Someone just like Odd…

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thunderous fun.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “In Gaiman’s voice, the bear grumbles, the fox wheedles, the eagle screeches, and the giant booms—and occasionally reverberates…Gaiman’s nods to other stories in traditional Norse mythology will appeal to young listeners who are familiar with it and intrigue those who aren’t. Either way, they’ll be drawn into this fun, fast-moving adventure.”

    AudioFile

  • “This story is well-written, and young readers will fall into the tapestry of ancient Norway, a world filled with magic and mythology.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “A thoughtful and quietly humorous fantasy…Readers will also enjoy Odd’s interaction with the animals, Gaiman’s simple and graceful writing, and the satisfying conclusion.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Gaiman does it again, this time featuring a lame young boy, talking animals and intrigue…This sweet, wistful, slyly funny novella also offers a crash course in ancient Norse mythology…All in all, another winner.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Selected for the Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List: Top Ten
  • A 2009 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novella
  • A 2010 Audie Award Finalist
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 2/20/2014

    " This is a good, quick read with clever writing and an endearing main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brewergnome | 2/19/2014

    " An adorable kid's book based on Norse myth. Cute, and quick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D'Monti | 2/18/2014

    " It is probably one of the best children's books I've ever read. I love how nothing was left out of the story for the sake of the "children" but instead explained in a way that could be understood without sacrificing the truth of it. I love the Norse mythology as well, as always. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggard | 2/17/2014

    " I dunno, maybe would have liked this as a kid. After reading American Gods, this seemed way too watered down. And also too adult for Colin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/17/2014

    " A short little read. It was enjoyable and something I think would be ice to read to a child, it was a little TOO short for me. It didn't allow for as much fleshing out of the story or characters which is what I love most about Gaiman's work. But so quick and cheap, you might as well read it! "

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

    " Good story, should have been part of a collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Macalino | 1/18/2014

    " An unlikely hero saves Asgard. A short and sweet read, not lacking in fascinating scenery and good humor, that only a few authors like Gaiman can execute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M.G. | 12/23/2013

    " It was a story about the Norse gods Odin, Thor, and Loki. It was interesting. I haven't read too much Norse mythology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Turan | 12/3/2013

    " A very cool book indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/30/2013

    " I would give the story itself 3 stars, but the audiobook and author bio rate 5 stars each, so it all evens out at 4 stars. :-D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Michaels | 11/21/2013

    " This was a great fable by Neil Gaiman. I can't wait for my oldest daughter to read it to get her take. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isaac | 7/24/2013

    " I fun little middle grade book, my niece Elizabeth would eat this up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 7/20/2013

    " Great children story with Gaiman's three favorites Norse gods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 7/19/2013

    " When I'm a parent, I'm going to read this to my kids as much as they'll let me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 3/13/2013

    " This short book, written for World Book Day, has an appealing protagonist and roots in old Norse mythology. It's pure Gaiman--with little surprises for the careful reader. I think older kids and adults will enjoy this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 3/11/2013

    " This is a fun and quick romp through Norse mythology. Good for all ages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Bowen | 9/23/2012

    " It was short and had a good moral. I always like pictures in books and the description of the culture was neat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 4/21/2012

    " One chapter a night, starting tonight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 4/3/2012

    " Very good characterizations. Love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa Morrison | 3/10/2012

    " This is one of those rare books that would be entertaining and appropriate for anyone of any age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 8/10/2011

    " I delight for anyone who likes Norse mythology. Would also make a great winter read aloud with kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 5/17/2011

    " A quick and straight forward read, much like the main character Odd, who quietly and bravely marches away from a mean village to an interesting encounter with a fox, bear and eagle...or are they. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justyn | 5/8/2011

    " An adorable book sprinkled with Norse mythology.

    Neil Gaiman wrote it for World Book Day in the UK and it was a perfectly lovely book to read on a warm Sunday evening after seeing Thor:-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonya | 5/8/2011

    " I love the simplicity yet vivid imagination invoked by Mr. Gaiman. I listened to this on CD with Neil Gaiman reading it which I'm sure added to the enjoyment. I love listening to him read his own work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 5/6/2011

    " I loved this story of the Norse gods. Odd is different kind of hero and I loved the way he handled the Frost Giant. The illustrations were so well done. My teenagers loved this one too - they thought it was really funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 4/28/2011

    " Charming. Topical after seeing Thor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/20/2011

    " It was short and had a good moral. I always like pictures in books and the description of the culture was neat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 4/10/2011

    " Neil Gaiman has done it again, folk-tale style. Made me think of a cross between Stardust's fairy-tale and American Gods' vengeful deities, sewn together with Coraline's buttons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/8/2011

    " The book was awesome. It was like they put one big myth into a story!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/6/2011

    " A modern fairy tale, just the thing I love the most. Written for children, but can be appreciated by all ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 4/4/2011

    " Reading this one to the kids for bedtime. They really enjoy it so far, and Neil's descriptions pull you in, as if in a movie. Great read!

    This was a great short read for the kids, they loved it! Norse mythology was cool beans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 4/2/2011

    " In the tradition of Gaiman this short novel based on Norse mythology is amazingly written. The characters come to life and the scenery seems to surround you as you read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " nice bit of myth, short "

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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.