Norse Mythology

Version: Unabridged
Author: Neil Gaiman
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: February 2017
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 1 hour
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Overview

Introducing an instant classic--master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.
Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Reviews (13)

Written by Anonymous on April 16th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Best book i know i love my gods and they storys

Written by Anonymous on December 25th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

listened to these Tales on audio books and I can't tell you enough how much it is a gift to hear literature narrated by the genius who authored it. Neil Gaiman's writing style is unique and brilliant, his humour subtle and seductive. this is a treat for anyone going on a long road trip or commute. finally Norse mythology is getting the props it deserves enjoy!

Norse Mythology

Written by Edward S. on September 24th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Really enjoyed the stories, made clearer and clearer by the \'writer.\'

Written by Chasi D. on June 2nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing! Stories were told beautifully and, better yet, told by the writer which I always love because they, generally, have the most passion for their own stories.

Written by Anonymous on April 6th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Like scandinavian mithology. Book are very interesting. And reader is profesional give feeling that you actually can imagine Thor in dress. :)

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Written by Catherine J on February 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Fun book to listen to. I love Neil Gaiman's writing and he is the perfect narrator.

Written by Rut Ing B on October 17th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Brilliant! I use this book in my class where I teach 12 year olds about the norse gods (in Iceland!).

Norse Mythology

Written by jennifer s on July 16th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wow Neil Gaiman gave me every thing I\'ve ever wanted from Norse myth, I could go on forever, love it.

Written by Patrick C on May 10th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great Book! The narrator added good voices for the characters in the book.

Written by Jason C on May 1st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Gaiman breaths new life into ancient tales in this anthology. This is a great introduction to the new American Gods series.

Author Details

Author Details

Gaiman, Neil

Neil Gaiman grew up in England and, although Jewish, attended Church of England schools, including Ardingly College, a boarding school in West Sussex (South of England). During the early 1980s he worked as a journalist and book reviewer. His first book was a biography of the band Duran Duran. He moved from England to his wife's hometown in the American midwest several years ago. He and his family now live in a renovated Victorian farmhouse where (he says) his hobbies are writing things down, hiding, and talking about himself in the third person. More about him and his books below.

A professional writer for more than twenty years, Neil Gaiman has been one of the top writers in modern comics, and is now a bestselling novelist. His work has appeared in translation in more than nineteen countries, and nearly all of his novels, graphic and otherwise, have been optioned for films. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers.

Gaiman was the creator/writer of the monthly cult DC Comics series, "Sandman," which won him nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, including the award for best writer four times, and three Harvey Awards. "Sandman #19" took the 1991 World Fantasy Award for best short story, making it the first comic ever to be awarded a literary award.

His six-part fantastical TV series for the BBC, "Neverwhere," was broadcast in 1996. His novel, also called "Neverwhere," and set in the same strange underground world as the television series, was released in 1997; it appeared on a number of bestseller lists, including those of the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Locus.

Stardust, an illustrated prose novel in four parts, began to appear from DC Comics in 1997. In 1999 Avon released the all-prose unillustrated version, which appeared on a number of bestseller lists, was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of the year, and was awarded the prestigious Mythopoeic Award as best novel for adults.

American Gods, a novel for adults, was published in 2001 and appeared on many best-of- the-year lists, was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, and won the Hugo, Nebula, SFX, Bram Stoker, and Locus Awards.

Coraline (2002), his first novel for children, was a New York Times and international bestseller, was nominated for the Prix Tam Tam, and won the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award, the BSFA Award, the HUgo, the Nebula and the Bram Stoker Award.

2003 saw the publication of bestseller The Wolves in the Walls, a children's picture book, illustrated by Gaiman's longtime collaborator Dave McKean, which the New York Times named as one of the best illustrated books of the year; and the first Sandman graphic novel in seven years, Endless Nights, the first graphic novel to make the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2004, Gaiman published the a new graphic novel for Marvel called 1602, which was the best-selling comic of 2004, and 2005 saw the Sundance Film Festival premiere of "MirrorMask," a Jim Henson Company Production written by Gaiman and directed by McKean. A lavishly designed book containing the complete script, black and white storyboards, and full-color art from the film will be published by William Morrow in early 2005; a picture book for younger readers, also written by Gaiman and illustrated with art from the movie, will be published by HarperCollins Children's Books at a later date.

In Fall 2005, Anansi Boys, the follow-up to American Gods, was published.