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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. S. Byatt Narrator: Harriet Walter Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this brilliant retelling of the Norse myth about the end of the world, the award-winning author of Possession and The Children's Book unleashes a story of the destruction of life on this planet and the end of the gods themselves. As the bombs of the Blitz rain down on Britain, one young girl is evacuated to the countryside. She is struggling to make sense of her new life, whose dark, war-ravaged days feel very removed from the peace and love being preached in church and at school. Then she is given a copy of Asgard and the Gods - a book of ancient Norse myths - and her inner and outer worlds are transformed. She feels an instant kinship with these vivid, beautiful, terrifying tales of the end of the gods - they seem far more real, far more familiar during these precarious days. How could this child know that fifty years on, many of the birds and flowers she took for granted on her walks to school would become extinct? War, natural disaster, reckless gods, and the recognition of impermanence in the world are just some of the threads that Byatt weaves into this most timely of books. Linguistically stunning and imaginatively abundant, Ragnarok is a landmark piece of storytelling from one of the most brilliant minds and speakers of our generation (The Independent). Just as Wagner used this dramatic and catastrophic struggle for the climax of his Ring Cycle, so A. S. Byatt now reinvents it in all its intensity and glory.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Graham | 2/19/2014

    " Glad the Kindle has a dictionary. I met several words I did not know. So this enjoyable book expanded my vocabulary and my knowledge of Norse myth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erin Polgreen | 2/4/2014

    " A three of five rating for an A. S. Byatt book is basically a five of five ranking for any other book. Ragnarok was brilliant, but not my favorite of her works. Very worth reading for the stunning prose. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Emma | 1/30/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this book. I think it's mainly because I misunderstood the blurb and it was nothing like what I expected it to be like. I find it hard to read a book when I cannot connect emotionally with the characters. Byatt actually intentionally dehumanised the Gods (or didn't conform to the practise of giving them human qualities) and the Thin Child was a deliberately distant character. It meant that I struggled to care what happened. HOWEVER, I don't think this is the last time I will read this book. I sense that somewhere in there is a story that I have yet to find. The writing was superb and I believe the book deserves another reading. Perhaps I will like it more if the style and content doesn't take me off guard as it has done on this occasion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sps | 1/27/2014

    " Less of a novel than an epic poem. It's a paean to the world of the Norse gods but equally, and in parallel, a paean to the English natural world that is increasingly lost to development and environmental destruction. There are a lot of sentences that are just lyrical lists of what there was. So it's a kind of mind-painting. "

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