The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World Audiobook, by Arthur Herman Play Audiobook Sample

The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World Audiobook

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Read By: Kiff VandenHeuvel Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 12.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 9.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780358536734

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Longest Chapter Length:

86:33 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

51 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

59:26 minutes

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“An absorbing and humane account . . . Mr. Herman is at pains to remind us that the Viking world was never just a stage for mayhem. It was, he says, ‘about daring to reach for more than the universe had gifted you, no matter the odds and the obstacles.’ In short: We might all take our own life’s cue from the Viking heart.”—The Wall Street Journal

From a New York Times best-selling historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist, a sweeping epic of how the Vikings and their descendants have shaped history and America

Scandinavia has always been a world apart. For millennia Norwegians, Danes, Finns, and Swedes lived a remote and rugged existence among the fjords and peaks of the land of the midnight sun. But when they finally left their homeland in search of opportunity, these wanderers—including the most famous, the Vikings—would reshape Europe and beyond. Their ingenuity, daring, resiliency, and loyalty to family and community would propel them to the gates of Rome, the steppes of Russia, the courts of Constantinople, and the castles of England and Ireland. But nowhere would they leave a deeper mark than across the Atlantic, where the Vikings’ legacy would become the American Dream.

In The Viking Heart, Arthur Herman melds a compelling historical narrative with cutting-edge archaeological and DNA research to trace the epic story of this remarkable and diverse people. He shows how the Scandinavian experience has universal meaning, and how we can still be inspired by their indomitable spirit.

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“Readers should give thanks to historians like Mr. Herman, for whom there’s nothing more important than to tell a good story that ranges over many centuries and to tell it in vigorous prose.”

— Wall Street Journal 


  • “Provides a framework for recognizing the importance of the past in shaping our present and future."

    — BookPage
  • “A fine history of a people who deserve more attention.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Heroic battles, sea adventures, empires rising and falling, voyages of discovery, and archaeological detective work—The Viking Heart shines brilliantly with them all.”

    — Neal Bascomb, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A story of joy and suffering I embrace as my own, and it never has been better told.”

    — Allen Carl Guelzo, author of Robert E. Lee: A Life

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About Arthur Herman

Arthur Herman is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the author of nine books, including How the Scots Invented the Modern World and Gandhi and Churchill, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

About Kiff VandenHeuvel

Kiff VandenHeuvel, voice talent and audiobook narrator, is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is an alumni of the Second City comedy theater. He is an accomplished improviser and sketch comedy director, and he teaches voice-over, improv, and directing at Second City Hollywood. He has appeared in hundreds of television and radio commercials and is well known in the video game community as the voice of Zachary Hale Comstock in Bioshock: Infinite.