Norse Mythology (audiobook)

Read by Neil Gaiman
6.5 hrs • 6 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 02/06/18
This title will be available on February 6, 2018
Library CD Reissue
- 02/06/18 9780062834485

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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.

Review Quotes

“Neil Gaiman’s retelling of Norse myths is destined to become a classic for both his sure-footed stories and his captivating performance. Listeners may be familiar with the main characters of Norse mythology…but Gaiman delves deeper…The tales seem timeless, and Gaiman’s melodic narration so strongly echoes the oral tradition of myths that it’s as if the narrator has stepped out of the stories themselves. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


“Gaiman assumes the role of fireside bard, inviting us to sit close on a chilly winter’s night and chuckle and wonder along with him.”

Financial Times (London)

“Weaving together ancient Norse mythology with twenty-first-century sensibility, Gaiman’s storytelling once again recreates an entire genre for the modern reader.”


“As always, Gaiman’s a charming raconteur..[and he] recognizes a ripping yarn when he sees one.”

Los Angeles Times

“In these accessible, retold tales, fantasy is odd, and real, and dire.”

Boston Globe

“Who else but Neil Gaiman could become an accomplice of the gods, using the sorcery of words to make their stories new?…Addictive reading for young and old.”

Maria Tatar, chair, Program in Folklore and Mythology, Harvard University