Thursday, January 10, 2019

#AudiobookReview: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Harper Audio
Release Date: February, 7th, 2017
Format: Audiobook narrated by the author
My Rating: 
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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. 
I LOVE mythology, and I love reading books about Norse society, so I was pretty psyched to read this collection of Norse Mythology stories from Neil Gaiman. I will say, that these stories are more close to the real myths we know about the Norse Gods, and less about the Marvel interpretations of the gods. So don't go into this thinking of Thor as Chris Hemsworth and Loki as Tom Hiddleston. It's not them in these stories.

A lot of other audiobook reviewers don't always like when the authors narrate their books, I actually really like it. Especially if it's Neil Gaiman. He also does the narration for The Ocean at The End of The Lane, which I really liked. Look, I would listen to Gaiman read the freaking phone book. I know I am not the only one that feels this way, a comedian was raising money for charity in which Gaiman would read The Cheesecake Factory Menu. You can't make this stuff up. So basically what I am trying to say is that Gaiman is awesome, and I love listening to him read his own works.

I really like that Gaiman does the narration because it is pretty much how the book was conceived. He was sitting around with friends telling each other stories, and I feel like you get that feeling with the audiobook. You feel like you are just sitting with Gaiman and hearing him tell you these tales as if they were past down to him.

The narrative of this book is more like a collection of stories, which makes sense if you have ever read a collection of mythology. They don't necessary fit all together, and all the tales can stand alone on their own. I really like this because it gave me a break from reading more heavy longer form stories.

I think if you want a new collection to read, this is the one for you. I highly recommend the audiobook version.

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