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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,257 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Poul Anderson Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781470801854
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This classic fantasy takes listeners to a world similar to that of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

Thor has broken the sword Tyrfing so that it cannot strike at the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds together earth, heaven, and hell. But now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves in their war against the trolls, and only Skafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade Bölverk the ice-giant to make Tyrfing whole again. But things are never easy, and along the way Skafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard the changeling, who has taken his place in the world of men.

A superb dark fantasy of the highest, and most Norse, order The Broken Sword is a fantasy masterpiece.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Poul Anderson’s classic fantasy, The Broken Sword, knocks The Fellowship of the Ring into a cocked hat.”

    Guardian (Manchester)

  • “This book is a stunner, and a must for every fantasy lover.”

    Asimov’s

  • “One of the most influential fantasy novels I’ve ever read.”

    Michael Moorcock

  • “Anderson taps the authentic vein of Norse myth, but, like Tolkien, recreates it in his own unique style.”

    Michael Scott Rohan

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeroen | 1/12/2014

    " A bit dissapointing probably caused by age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 12/4/2013

    " I was but a young boy when I read this (in the sixth or seventh grade). I remember enjoying it quite a bit. I have not read a fantasy book in a long, long time, but I have very fond memories of escaping to fantasy worlds in my youth and this book stands out as a favorite. Curiously, I recall listening to David Bowie's Diamond Dogs album while reading this book-- so whenever I hear a cut from that album I think of this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Wadley | 11/25/2013

    " Superb, fast, and quick moving tale. Moves like lightning. Brilliant economy of language. Extremely harsh - perhaps a bit too harsh for my liking, but overall a marvellous piece of poetic story telling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 11/23/2013

    " Wow. This was wonderfully dark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 9/10/2013

    " Brutal, romantic, and tragic. No cute hobbits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan Marchand | 5/22/2013

    " An okay fantasy classic with a slightly different mythos but predictable and dull by today's standards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 5/6/2013

    " My favorite Poul Anderson book. A wonderful, wonderful fantasy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 2/26/2013

    " Awesome, dark, and wondrous, with a good use of mythology and some emotional prose. Definitely one of the highlights of Anderson's career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaya | 12/22/2012

    " Great, great, great.... I loved this! High adventure, magic, all the good stuff. The old legends that Tolkien and so many authors have drawn from. told again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Violetta Vane | 10/4/2012

    " Classic awesome Scandinavian-based blood-soaked fantasy. Contemporary grimdark's got nothing on this: (view spoiler)[the plot kicks off with an elf raping a troll (hide spoiler)]. This book is wonderfully written and stays true in tone to the source mythology. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 8/18/2012

    " Being based off of Norse tales, keep in mind its anti-Christian. Poul's concept of the elves is interesting though, not as perfect as Tolkien's and frankly, a relief. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 11/24/2011

    " A dark, stark representation of some classic Northern European mythology; like a bleaker Tolkien making a Norse edda more accessible to a modern audience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thannasset | 3/17/2011

    " Too much blood. But if you like violence, and Norseman tales, very well written "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 1/8/2011

    " Well written of course being Anderson but not as good as Three Hearts "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 11/6/2010

    " Darker, bleaker than Tolkien. Outstanding reworking of saga(s) into a fantasy story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chip | 1/16/2010

    " A classic of the genre. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 11/27/2009

    " Being based off of Norse tales, keep in mind its anti-Christian. Poul's concept of the elves is interesting though, not as perfect as Tolkien's and frankly, a relief. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 11/25/2009

    " A neglected fantasy classic. Anderson borrows elements from the tales of Sigmund and Siegfried and retells them in a fast-paced adventure fantasy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 7/11/2009

    " Brutal, romantic, and tragic. No cute hobbits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon | 3/11/2009

    " Dark, brooding, tragic yet romantic. A classic of the highest calibre. Reminds me why I like fantasy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 7/17/2008

    " My favorite Poul Anderson book. A wonderful, wonderful fantasy read. "

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About the Author
Author Poul Anderson

Poul Anderson (1926–2001) was one of the most prolific and popular writers in science fiction. He won the Hugo Award seven times and the Nebula Award three times, as well as many other awards, including the Grand Master Award of the Science Fiction Writers of America for a lifetime of distinguished achievement. With a degree in physics and a wide knowledge of other fields of science, he was noted for building stories on a solid foundation of real science, as well as for being one of the most skilled creators of fast-paced adventure stories. He was author of over one hundred novels and story collections, several hundred short stories, and several mysteries and nonfiction books.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.