Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Mythology
Pages: 293
Rating: 5 of 5!

Last year this was one of my favorite books of the year. I’m not going to repeat my praise since you can find the original review here, but I want to highly recommend the audiobook version (as read by Neil Gaiman himself). Some people find the style of this book disappointing since it very much copies the simplistic Norse style found in the Prose Edda. What may come off a bit childish in print for those unused to the style works brilliantly in the audiobook! These stories were originally passed along orally from generation to generation and listening to a master storyteller like Gaiman spin them anew gives a feeling of being part of that grand tradition. We listened to this in the car on the way back from our (successful) house hunting trip in Michigan, and everyone in the family loved it (beware a few crass bits and discreet references to seduction/lovemaking if listening with young children).

5 thoughts on “Even Better as an Audiobook

  1. This one does seem like it’ll be good in audio. I’m a big fan of the format though, so I don’t need to be sold 🙂

    Also, I don’t normally like authors narrating their own books, but Gaiman is an exception. He’s a good reader!

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    1. Another series of books that’s great in audio format are the Jeeves & Wooster books by P. G. Wodehouse as read by Jonathan Cecil. His voicing of the characters really adds a lot to the experience.

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