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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (524 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judith Lindbergh Narrator: Virginia Leishman Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN:
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Set in Viking Greenland in AD 985, this dramatic historical novel focuses on the intertwined lives of three women straddling the pagan past and Christian future.

Katla is a slave and daughter of a Christian woman captured in a Viking raid on Irish shores. Setting sail from Iceland with her master's household, she heads toward the distant promise of a new homestead in Greenland. Also on the ship is Thorbjorg the Seeress, a much maligned and persecuted healer and prophetess who is ever faithful to the call of her patron god, Odin.

Upon first arriving in Greenland, Katla is brutally raped by her master's son, Torvard. The child of this union is Bibrau: taciturn, reclusive, infused with the savagery of her conception and suspected by many to be a changeling. But the seeress Thorbjorg, following a vision from her god, takes Bibrau as her apprentice. The young girl becomes an adept at healing and Norse magic, but her bitterness perverts the wisdom Thorbjorg gives. As her power grows, Bibrau twists it to good or evil at her whim, inflicting her will on Thorbjorg's household, her mother, and the tight-knit Greenland community.

The Thrall's Tale is a chronicle of love, hatred, and revenge at a turning point in history when Christianity first penetrates the pagan Viking sphere. The schisms, alliances, and sacrifices that result reflect the pain of a dying culture and the birth of a different world. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ninifuller | 2/7/2014

    " kinda tough to get through, lots of Norse mythology references "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen Fiandaca | 2/3/2014

    " Not my favorite genre - our book cub selection - too dark and pagan for me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine Pond | 1/24/2014

    " Norse slave. Greenland 985 AD "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/21/2014

    " The concept, story idea and characters are interesting and initially engaging. A multi-voice approach to story telling can be frustrating when characters are as interesting as these are in the beginning - you must resist the temptation to read only one person's chapters in order to find out quicker what happens to them. An attempt to do so will find you lost because, alas, as a good writer should, Lindbergh in-beds key bits in the stories of others. About half-way through the book I began to feel as if the author were "over-developing" the story and things slowed down as too much repetition of details and restatement of character foibles were pounded into the reader. It became a chore to finish the last third of the book - and, sadly for me, the conclusion was not really satisfying. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jolie | 1/16/2014

    " This was a very difficult book to read. I generally enjoy historical fiction, but this was a total waste of time. Will not be buying any more books by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara Diane | 1/11/2014

    " For a book that took ten years to write, it wasn't worth the time it took to read it. More good vs. evil wrapped up in the Norse culture. A bit over the top. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ada Holloway | 1/7/2014

    " Never think you live under harsh conditions until you read this book. Set around the year 1,000, the life of a slave in Viking Greenland is grim. Interesting to read about the life and times; early missionaries, marriage rituals, the law. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jess | 1/5/2014

    " I tried to pick this up for "light reading," but could not get past the mediocre writing and only slightly interesting story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/2/2014

    " I enjoyed reading a book set in a period of history that isn't typical. I don't know how based in fact it was, but I found the aspects of end of the Norse religion verses the beginning of the Christian religion thought provoking. It's very long and not all roses and cherries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shane | 12/23/2013

    " I didn't even finish this one. It was just too dark for me and I couldn't relate very well to the characters. It just didn's sustain my interest enough to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 12/21/2013

    " The Thrall's Tale is a well written bit of Norse historical fiction. I truly enjoyed it. If you are looking for a warm and fuzzy, this isn't it. I've read several reviews that referred to the writing style or the odd language of the book, but I didn't notice it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillian | 12/16/2013

    " audio books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 M Renata | 12/5/2013

    " It started with good promise, and I really enjoyed the historical detail, but it bogged down and never became engrossing. By the last quarter of the book I was just wishing it would be done. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dee | 12/4/2013

    " Didn't like it. I couldn't like any of the characters and was frustrated with most of them. The writing style was difficult for me also. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Serene | 12/2/2013

    " random pillaging from a sibling's bookshelf results in a random read. it didn't become a bodice-ripper (to my relief), but nothing much else happened either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 11/3/2013

    " Great read. Not a fast read, but very interesting and about a culture and time few authors have written about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bebe | 8/11/2013

    " Audiobook - too dark, this tale is too full of hate and misery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Momma | 12/21/2012

    " not my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deedra | 4/9/2012

    " I LOVED this book!It was so interesting historically as well as a good story! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brooke | 2/8/2012

    " I thought I would read this to learn a little bit about Norwegian history since the author researched the subject for 10 years before writing it. Unfortunately it was strange in parts a quite disturbing in others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Meissner | 1/4/2012

    " tough read. bleak. good perspective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. I'm surprised I didn't turn it off and start a new book. It was extremely boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 5/4/2011

    " Not my favorite genre - our book cub selection - too dark and pagan for me!
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 2/21/2011

    " Not even worth the paper it's printed on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mercedes | 2/21/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book for the most part. And I guess it was because the characters or so interesting and sympathetic, even the ones with bad intentions. There was a possibility for a great story in this book, but it just never came about. Still really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/5/2011

    " You wouldn't want to be...a viking slave! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Justin | 1/21/2011

    " I cant really put a finger on why I hated this book, but I just really did not like it.
    I believe that the Author is a Feminist and her dislike for men really came through somehow, but maybe I am completely wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/9/2011

    " Interesting story about life in viking times "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jolie | 10/9/2010

    " This was a very difficult book to read. I generally enjoy historical fiction, but this was a total waste of time. Will not be buying any more books by this author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dee | 9/22/2010

    " Didn't like it. I couldn't like any of the characters and was frustrated with most of them. The writing style was difficult for me also. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joy | 8/25/2010

    " Depressing, filled with too much hatred. I read 3/4th of this book and just could not make myself finish it. I kept thinking it would get better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/10/2010

    " This was one that I just didn't like. I don't know why, but there you have it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 7/27/2010

    " Harsh, tension-filled, bitterness. Great read, but not really "likeable." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 4/14/2010

    " I liked the historical and cultural aspects of the story, but the main 3 characters were completely unlikable and the plot was not fulfilling. The story is very dark and has no reprieve. "

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