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Download The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (384 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Recorded Books Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Over 400 years before Columbus discovered the New World, it is believed that someone else already had - Icelander Bjarni Herjolfsson. Over the years 985-986, Herjolfsson was attempting to reach Eirik the Red's colony on Greenland when he was blown off-course. He sighted a coastline covered with woods, and thus was the first to glimpse a piece of North America. This fascinating collection includes the complete Greenlanders' Saga and Eirik the Red's Saga, as well as selections from The Book of the Icelander and The Book of the Settlements. Also included are commentaries on sailing techniques, and historical and cultural background. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hans | 1/6/2014

    " Now this was a pretty cool book. The descriptions of the native Americans are unmistakable, the viking definitely made it to America before Columbus. "

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

    " Two short sagas,both interesting & entertaining (and with some cool supernatural elements) . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Vice | 8/30/2013

    " Odd. Entertaining but really fucking weird. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bendow | 8/15/2013

    " THIS BOOK IS NOT A MAP "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana Contreras | 3/13/2013

    " I read this right after reading The Sea Road and I think these two books make wonderful companions. Read The Sea Road for an engaging dramatic retelling of the events, then read The Vinland Sagas for the historical background. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Rubenstein | 11/25/2009

    " Vikings and Indians. And at least one zombie. Why hasn't this been made into a movie? Thinking about adopting it for my early medieval history class this fall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kailey Willmore | 6/3/2009

    " Placing the descriptions of Helluland, Markland and Vinland onto a modern map is a fun exercise, but this was a straightforward documentation of a voyage. In true twenty something fashion I am more drawn to the sagas of mythical stories and revenge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Everett Darling | 6/4/2007

    " I've read this book several times and I still find it as thrilling and mysterious as the first time I read it, definitely my favorite sagas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marko | 4/27/2003

    " The introduction is especially interesting, as it explains the many voyages the Norse made in the context of their culture, history, &c. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassandra | 11/18/2002

    " Read this for a medieval literature seminar. Very short and the style of writing is very concise. The names and places are a little difficult to keep track of, however. "

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