Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the audiobook version of Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.
The audiobook version is read by the author and is 6 hours and 30 minutes long. It was released in 2016 and In this review I’m covering the CD version. I took it out from my local library so this review is for fun.
Norse Mythology is a retelling of many of the original Norse Myths that we currently have. In the beginning, it mentions that many of the myths and stories have been lost to time. What we do have was written during a time when Christianity had already taken over. Many of the stories were altered to fit with Christian values, as well. Because of this, we have detailed info on characters, but no stories to attach to them. It’s unfortunate that so many stories have been lost but hopefully one day more will be discovered.
Neil Gaiman’s retelling of the stories stay true to the original tales and it really feels like a lot of research went into recreating these stories. They’re incredibly well written and it gives the stories new life and makes them easy to follow and understand.
In truth, my knowledge of Norse Mythology was limited to what I’ve experienced in games. They aren’t the most accurate source of material in the world either. I found this audiobook to be very informative and it was great to finally learn about the actual stories.
The audiobook features many different stories including how the gods got their weapons/wall, Loki’s children and his downfall, Freya’s Wedding when Thor’s hammer is stolen and it all ends with the telling of Ragnarok. Each story is unique and I noticed that the majority of them revolve around trickery in one way or another. Either the gods are tricking the Dwarves, Trolls or Giants or the 3 races are tricking the gods in some way. It’s rather humorous in nature and I laughed quite a few times while listening. The stories also focus on the gods themselves and doesn’t feature anything relating to the humans of the world.
One major takeaway that I got from these stories is that the Norse were humongous wise-asses, very sarcastic and they loved a good joke. It also feels like they didn’t take their mythology very seriously and were merely for having a good time. Which is actually pretty awesome because their stories are highly entertaining and pretty hilarious.
The audio quality for this audiobook is superb and Neil Gaiman does an excellent job at bringing each character to life. He has a very distinctive voice and it fit all of the characters perfectly (Especially Thor, the giants, and dwarves).
Overall, Norse Mythology is a great book and the audiobook version is very entertaining to listen to. It’s also a very informative book for those that aren’t 100% familiar with Norse Myths. If you’re a fan of Norse Myths or would like to learn more about them, then I highly recommend this book/audiobook.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!