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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (281 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ferguson Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781452676234
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Raiders and traders, settlers and craftsmen, the medieval Scandinavians who have become familiar to history as Vikings never lose their capacity to fascinate, from their ingeniously designed longboats to their stormy pantheon of gods and goddesses. Robert Ferguson is a sure guide across what he calls "the treacherous marches which divide legend from fact in Viking Age history". His long familiarity with the literary culture of Scandinavia is combined with the latest archaeological discoveries to reveal a sweeping picture of one of history's most amazing civilizations. Download and start listening now!

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  • Integrating archaeological, genetic, linguistic, and literary information, Ferguson realizes a Viking history bound to satisfy. Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran Caparrelli | 2/14/2014

    " a wonderfully readable history book. lots of insight into the timeperiod and how the much the vikings had an influence on so many places. I have like the history of the migrations of peoples throughout Europe and the British Isles but I kon't know much about the Scandinavian lands and this book gives some view of the people and makes me want to read more about them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/6/2014

    " Provided a good insite to the nordic culture and their "travels" to lower Europe and the West. A bit name heavy at times with tongue twisting, but also colorful names; Ivar the Boneless. It further clarified english lands and conditions of the time, giving detail to the "Dane Law" which existed there as well as the take over of other areas of lower Europe. Also touched on was the folklore and justice of the clan; overall pretty interesting. What a gutsy group of sailors! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron Wolfson | 2/3/2014

    " Boy, did I want to like this. Too bad it's excessively chronological and drier than my sense of humor. Read Cornwell instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coulter | 2/3/2014

    " Good, basic history of the Vikings; occasionally, the political history was a bit dry and hard-to-follow (would have been nice if birth and death dates of major figures had been added in the index; a chronology would also have been a good addition) - but as a general overview of all the Vikings' activities, in Normandy, the British Isles, Russia, Greenland, and Newfoundland, as well as in the Scandinavian heartland, very informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jbondandrews | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoyed reading Robert Ferguson's The Vikings and although I knew a good deal about the Vikings it was good to be able read more about them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Ashby | 1/16/2014

    " I'm not sure how you can make a topic this fascinating so unbelievably boring but Ferguson manages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Stephens | 12/18/2013

    " This book does a great job covering most noteworthy subtopics of the Vikings, but it is so long-winded that it is easy to lose interest. At times I found myself speed reading to get to a more interesting part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 12/14/2013

    " I was hoping for more culture and less lists of battles + kings, but it was still interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 12/4/2013

    " Seems like good research, but not an easy read for that very reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 11/26/2013

    " An interesting book about an interesting bunch of people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Swain | 2/17/2013

    " Lots of detailed history of the Vikings. The first half i very good, but the second half gets very tedious as the focus shifts almost exclusively to the details of the gradual Christianization of the various Viking groups. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Bauer | 1/5/2013

    " Very dry but very well documented and informative. Covers in (at times, painstaking) detail the entire history of the VIkings and their impact on the Western world. Great research and reference material. Not for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Albert | 12/1/2012

    " This is not really "a" history, as Ferguson himself says--it is multiple and complex histories of different groups and their migrations. Excellent and thorough. He manages to mention differing interpretations without getting too bogged down in archaeological evidence. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Greco | 10/13/2012

    " Sorry. I tried but just couldn't make it through this. As one reviewer said, "how can someone make something so interesting so boring." The author seemed to randomly move from topic to topic with no narrative thread and no overall theme as to what he was trying to say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corey | 10/8/2012

    " Funny story. I took my son to see the Disney movie "How to Train a Pet Dragon". Aftwerwards, I said to myself...Vikings are cool. I wonder what they were really like. So, I looked around for a Viking book ands found this one! Enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 6/30/2012

    " Excellent book about Viking history. Ending less than compelling but book is a must-read if interested in the subject. Of course. it was a slow read, at least for me, since I didn't have a basic familiarity with the time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 6/21/2012

    " An interesting and thorough look at the Viking age. Well researched and written. "

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About the Author
Robert Ferguson is the author of the literary biographies Enigma: The Life of Knut Hamsen and Henrik Ibsen: A New Biography.
About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.