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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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Norse Mythology Audiobook by Neil Gaiman is a retelling of several stories from Scandinavian tradition about the Nordic Gods and legends with the magic touch of the famous storyteller applied by the author as he has done with previous work in comics and books. Always fascinated with ancient mythology which has helping crafting amazing fictional stories; Neil Gaiman turns his attention to one of this antique beliefs: the Norse Mythology. Taken stories traditionally from their sources, Gaiman provides them the novelistic touch they deserve. The book deals with the origin of the nine worlds, going through the existence of deities, dwarfs and giants to end it with the Ragnarok, the fall of the gods and the resurgence of a new time and people.

Gaiman remains faithful to the myths and represent the characters with vivid and attractive features. On the pages of this book, Odin, Thor, and Loki – to mention a few – moves around them with the author’s clever and entertaining style. The fights, deceptions, tricks the gods played to each other are well represented giving them a new fresh look.


Norse Mythology Audiobook by Neil Gaiman is a book published originally printed in February 2017 with the audiobook being released at the same month. Inspired by old ancient stories from Nordic origin, the book has been considered by fans of the author as an excellent retelling of these stories giving them a novel treatment, turning these tales into a fresh approach for those who are interested in this sort of mythology and people who are getting involved for the first time in the Nordic Gods and legends.

The material was the categorized as the Best Book of February 2017 by the website Amazon and it has gained general favorable reviews from critics and readers alike.


What is your review of Neil Gaiman\'s new book Norse mythology?

I’m about two and a half hours into the audiobook—which is read by Gaiman—and I swear it is the best voice performance I’ve ever heard (maybe second-best, following Tom O’Bedlam reading Bukowski). So far, the quality of the content is at a steady A+. This is probably because I’ve never read the Elder Edda or any of the original Norse myths, so this has been somewhat of an entry-point for me. If you are in a similar position, I can’t imagine you would regret reading/listening to this book. Perhaps listening is better in this case: not only is Gaiman’s delivery on point, but these stories began as an oral tradition, so there is something poetic about discovering them through the spoken word.

What is your favorite Neil Gaiman’s work, and why?

For me it’s definitely American Gods. The ocean at the end of the lane and Anansi Boys are tied for the second place.

The characterization in American Gods is absolutely delightful. Like his other books every character in American Gods is detailed and somehow provides depth to the story. Some say that American Gods is pointless and doesn't make any sense; even if doesn't, it’s still entertaining and you\'ll want to read it again.

The imagination of Gaiman is out of this world, forgotten gods versus modern gods, the war between them and it captures the imagination of reader as well. The most important thing is to write about them in about 700 pages requires a lot of hard work and extraordinary amount of talent.

American Gods is the Bible of fiction and fantasy.


  • I gotta admit, I was a bit unsure about what to expect with this one. Neil Gaiman really knocked it out of the park with his book, and his narration adds a whole new dimension. He brings each character to life with his unique voices and tones, making it easy to connect with them and delve deeper into the story. It's a top-notch job and I had an absolute blast with this blend of history and fiction. This is some seriously awesome stuff!
  • I gotta say, while a few of the stories felt a bit slow-paced, on the whole, 'Norse Mythology' was a pretty enjoyable listen. And let me tell you, Mr. Gaiman's narration really hit the spot.
  • I really liked this book. Mr. Gaiman is an incredible storyteller, both in his writing and his narration. His voice is captivating to listen to. The Norse Mythology is unexpectedly intricate. Exploring and following all the characters is enjoyable. Some comic books and movies might limit our knowledge to just Thor and Loki (and more recently, Ragnarok). But there is so much more to discover. In fact, even today, their names are still used in our language on a weekly basis. We name our weekdays after them. To fully appreciate this book, you might need to have a deeper interest in Norse mythology. However, I still found it enjoyable. It was a daily opportunity to learn something new :-)
  • I had a good time listening to these stories, especially with Gaiman as the narrator, but they didn't captivate me as much as I anticipated. Maybe it's because they are adaptations of ancient tales, but they didn't elicit the reactions like nodding, chuckling, or engaging me fully while I was listening.
  • I'm really intrigued by "creation stories" and "mythology" since they offer a glimpse into the past and what life was like during those times. This book took a unique approach to those stories and provided a deeper understanding that was completely new to me. What I particularly enjoyed was the warm and inviting tone of the narration, which made it feel like I was having a cozy conversation by the fireplace.
  • Ever since my trip to Iceland, I've been captivated by Norse history. I've delved into various resources like histories, historical novels, and, of course, the sagas. Reading the sagas themselves can be a bit challenging since they were originally oral traditions and not meant for written consumption until the 12th or 13th century. However, Gaiman's book breathes life into the timeless sagas of the gods. His narration is superb, creating a truly immersive experience. I found it incredibly relaxing to simply kick back, sip on a tall glass of whiskey, and fully enjoy the journey.
  • These lectures do not accurately reflect the entirety of Norse beliefs. The narrative focuses mainly on the mischievous pranks played by Loki and Thor, occasionally angering Odin. It lacks the comprehensive story of Yggdrasil, the creation of the world, and the interactions between the Gods, humans, and creatures in Midgard. J.R.R. Tolkien, on the other hand, provides a better understanding of elves, giants, and the sinister underworld, which is noticeably absent in this narrative. As a Scandinavian familiar with these stories, I was hoping for a more ethnological perspective, exploring how these myths influenced the Vikings and the role of women.
  • This book has all the elements you'd expect: gods, mythical creatures, thrilling adventures, and Neil Gaiman's undeniable charisma. However, I personally struggled to stay fully engaged with it. Firstly, the stories are presented as standalone fables, lacking any real interconnectedness. Each character is consistently portrayed with their complete set of attributes, without any development or growth throughout the tales. This lack of character progression left me feeling somewhat disconnected. Additionally, apart from one exception, all the stories are set in ancient times, serving as explanations for how the world came to be as it is. The exception, on the other hand, delves into a distant future, revealing how the world will eventually meet its end. This drastic shift in time made it difficult for me to emotionally invest in either scenario. Furthermore, everything and everyone in the book is portrayed on an immense scale, possessing extraordinary superpowers. This made it challenging for me to relate to or identify with the characters. I managed to finish the book, but truthfully, I eagerly awaited its conclusion.
  • I was expecting a more intense and dark book, something along the lines of the gruesome Greek myths or disturbing biblical tales. However, Norse Mythology turned out to be more like a children's book. The stories are simplified, lacking in detail. While they were somewhat entertaining, after hearing one tale after another about Thor's strength or Loki's mischief, I started craving something more substantial. These stories may be great for fourth and fifth graders, but I believe many adults will quickly become bored. The best part of the book was the introduction. I found myself more interested in Neil Gaiman discussing the myths rather than actually hearing the myths themselves. I would have preferred if the entire book focused more on this format, with a stronger emphasis on how the myths influenced the culture and vice versa. The final chapter was also intriguing, but unfortunately, it felt like too little, too late. However, the highlight of the audiobook was the narration. Neil Gaiman, who is both the author and narrator, remains my favorite in this regard. If it weren't for his exceptional narration, I would have returned the book. His delivery perfectly complemented the material.
  • I got exactly what I was expecting from this book - a well-written retelling of selected Norse mythology stories. Considering the amount of humor in Norse mythology, I didn't expect it to be too difficult to create entertaining stories. However, Neil Gaiman, the author of this book, truly excels at bringing the characters to life. By the time you finish reading, you'll have a clear understanding of the cunning and mischievous nature of Loki, and you'll find yourself questioning why the Gods continue to trust him despite being the cause of countless misfortunes. On the other hand, Thor is portrayed as simple-minded, relying solely on his strength and hammer. My personal favorite tale in this book is the one where Thor, in order to retrieve his stolen hammer, disguises himself as Freja and pretends to marry a giant. The giant is utterly perplexed when Thor starts consuming copious amounts of mead and devouring entire goats, and it's up to Loki to convince the foolish giant that Freja's actions are a result of her deep love. There are plenty of other entertaining stories within these pages. So, whether you're looking to gain some familiarity with Norse mythology or simply want a book that you can kick back and enjoy, this is an excellent choice!
  • I found the book to be intriguing, although it didn't quite align with the other Norse mythology books I've delved into. It seemed like the author had a desire to portray Loki's actions and demeanor in a more romanticized light.
  • Norse Mythology is absolutely amazing. Huge shoutout to the Customer Service Representative who suggested this book to me yesterday. It's incredibly entertaining and educational. There are even some hilarious moments thrown in. I'd definitely give it multiple listens, no doubt about it. Norse Mythology is truly captivating. I highly urge everyone to check it out.
  • I was super excited when I discovered that this book was going to be released on a topic that I absolutely adore. I even preordered it and eagerly waited for its release day. As soon as it arrived, I devoured almost the entire book in one sitting. However, I must admit that I wasn't completely enthralled by the world of Norse mythology. I gave it another shot, hoping for a different outcome, but unfortunately, I still didn't find myself fully immersed in the story.
  • Gaiman's love for storytelling shines through in his voice. You can hear the sense of wonder and respect he has for the Norse mythology, which brings the stories to life. As a narrator and storyteller, he is truly exceptional. While his genre may not typically be my cup of tea, I still believe that Gaiman is a genius. His narration of these tales reminds me of how Jack Kirby and Stan Lee breathed life into their characters. Before listening to this audiobook, my knowledge of Norse mythology was limited to Michael Crichton's novel, Kirk Douglas's movie, and of course, Marvel comics. My son was a passionate collector of superhero comics from a very young age, and we would embark on quests to find the rare issues. Although I read the comics to him, he was more captivated by Stan Lee's illustrations than my attempts to bring the dialogue to life. Our collection includes valuable early editions of Batman, Superman, X-Men, Spider-Man, and Silver Surfer. While I personally enjoyed X-Men, my son was particularly fond of Thor and his mischievous antagonist, Loki. For his 14th birthday, we managed to find one of Loki's first comics and had it framed as a special gift. Looking back on those times, and now having listened to the mythology in this book, I understand why my child was so fascinated by a character who ultimately played a pivotal role in the downfall of the Norse gods during Ragnarok. However, I'm glad he didn't hear about some of Loki's more scandalous escapades at such a young age, like seducing a giant and giving birth to a six-legged horse or entertaining the gods with a billy goat. It's fascinating to recognize so many names from Norse mythology that have been adopted into various forms of media such as fantasy novels, video games, cartoons, and even pet names. Now understanding their origins, I have a newfound appreciation for these names. The stories themselves are incredibly imaginative, often described as "too grand for us to even fathom." I thoroughly enjoyed Gaiman's enthusiastic retelling of these myths, and I couldn't help but envision Stan Lee's animations as I listened. This audiobook provides a more sophisticated version of the Norse creation story, yet it is equally as humorous and entertaining. Overall, it was a truly enjoyable experience.
  • I've been on the hunt for a Norse Mythology book for quite a while, and a couple of buddies suggested this one, and let me tell you, it's absolutely fantastic. The tales packed inside are a blast and keep you hooked from start to finish. The narration is top-notch, keeping you engaged without ever feeling lost or bored.
  • Neil Gaiman really nailed it when it comes to making the Norse myths accessible and enjoyable for modern readers. Whether you're a fan of Norse mythology or simply a fan of Gaiman's style, I highly recommend getting yourself a copy of Norse Mythology. It's well-written, respects the source material, and overall, a highly entertaining read.
  • Neil Gaiman's talent as a storyteller is undisputed, and this collection of Norse Mythology is no exception. The stories are presented in a concise and organized manner, creating a sense of continuity throughout. Gaiman manages to maintain the essence of the original Prose and Poetic Edda tales while providing clarity and making them more accessible. It is evident that he has extensively researched not only the Edda but also the physical folk tales associated with Norse mythology. Gaiman's narration of the audiobook is incredibly satisfying, and I cannot imagine anyone else doing it justice. Despite having discovered Gaiman's works less than a year ago, I am quickly becoming a devoted fan.
  • Neil Gaiman's "Norse Mythology" is a delightful exploration of the tales of Loki, Thor, Odin, Balder, and other Norse gods. Gaiman's talent for breathing new life into myths is evident here, as he takes these ancient stories and gives them a modern twist. While not all of his adaptations hit the mark, they always manage to entertain. As someone more familiar with Greek and Roman myths, this book served as a great introduction to the Norse myths and characters. Gaiman's unique voice and wit truly shine through in his retelling. It wouldn't be surprising if he continues this trend with other mythologies, such as Greek & Roman, Celtic, Egyptian, American Indian, Japanese, and Mayan. The potential for a series of mythological reimaginings is immense, and it's likely that Gaiman's publisher, Norton, would fully support and market such a collection. Whether sold individually or as a boxed set, these books would surely find a place in libraries and schools, following in the footsteps of classics like Edith Hamilton's and Thomas Bulfinch's mythological works.