Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Published: By W. W. Norton & Company on February 7th, 2017
ISBN13: 9780393609097 (US Hardcover edition)
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 giants, 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 picked up the audiobook for this as there was a sale and decided to give it a try. I must admit that the gorgeous cover is what drew me in, and of course the fact that it is written and narrated by Neil Gaiman.
My enjoyment of the book was greatly enhanced because I was listening to it. Neil Gaiman is as fantastic a narrator as he is a writer and I really fell in love with how he brought the different characters to life. I also liked the format of the book as it focused on Odin, Thor and Loki’s story rather than try to tackle Norse Mythology in its entirety. He also clearly states that there are several versions of these myths in the very beginning and that he has pieced together material from several different sources to make a cohesive story, which I was impressed by. I was re-acquainted with some of the more famous myths like how Odin became one-eyed, Kvasir’s mead and the origin of Thor’s hammer, while also learning of some new ones such as Loki’s pranks. I saw all these mythical figures take on different human-like personas in the stories which made them more likable to me personally. Overall, I had a really pleasant experience listening to this and has become one of my all-time favourite audiobooks!
This is a great starting point for anyone who is interested in Morse Mythology and a great refresher for those more familiar with it. If you’re not listening to the audiobook, put on the background score of any of Marvel’s Thor movies in the background as they would go perfectly with the atmosphere of this book. As for the food, feast on some rich foods fit for gods! I personally prefer to interpret that as anything with chocolate in it.
Do you read audiobooks? If yes, recommend me some of your favourites as I’m always looking for more! If not, what aspect of it do you find challenging? A popular one is not being able to pay attention all the time and missing key details in the process. Let me know in the comments section below.