Eaters of the Dead (The 13th Warrior)

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Crichton
Narrator: George Guidall
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Suspense, Suspense
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: March 2000
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 45 minutes
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Overview

What if the mythical exploits of Beowulf were inspired by actual events and documented by an eyewitness? Legendary storyteller Michael Crichton offers a highly imaginative fictional answer to this question. At once a thrilling travel narrative and provocative retelling of the oldest of English epics, Eaters of the Dead lets you enjoy ancient Norse culture as never before. Join Ibn Fadlan, refined Arab courtier, as he accompanies a group of Viking warriors on their mission to rid the land of beastly flesh-eating creatures. Along the way, you will enjoy his amusingly "objective" descriptions of the lusty Northmen, their bawdy entertainments, and their blood-chilling practices. Michael Crichton writes such vivid and dramatic novels, it's no wonder so many have been made into blockbuster movies. George Guidall, a legend in his own right, won critical acclaim for his performance of Beowulf (RB# 95122), and an Earphone Award for Grendel (RB# 95096). Guidall has the perfect background and voice to bring out the full performative power of Crichton's original and entertaining work.

Author Details

Author Details

Crichton, Michael

Michael Crichton is a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. His most recent novel, Next, about genetics and law, was published in December 2006.

Crichton graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, researching public policy with Jacob Bronowski. He has taught courses in anthropology at Cambridge University and writing at MIT. Crichton's 2004 bestseller, State of Fear, acknowledged the world was growing warmer, but challenged extreme anthropogenic warming scenarios. He predicted future warming at 0.8 degrees C. (His conclusions have been widely misstated.)

Crichton's interest in computer modeling goes back forty years. His multiple-discriminant analysis of Egyptian crania, carried out on an IBM 7090 computer at Harvard, was published in the Papers of the Peabody Museum in 1966. His technical publications include a study of host factors in pituitary chromophobe adenoma, in Metabolism, and an essay on medical obfuscation in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Crichton's first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. Now one of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been translated into thirty-six languages, and thirteen have been made into films.

He's had a lifelong interest in computers. His feature film Westworld was the first to employ computer-generated special effects back in 1973. Crichton's pioneering use of computer programs for film production earned him a Technical Achievement Academy Award in 1995.

Crichton has won an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer's Guild of America Award for ER. In 2002, a newly discovered ankylosaur was named for him: Crichtonsaurus bohlini. He has a daughter, Taylor, and lives in Los Angeles. Crichton remarried in 2005.