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Viking sagas are rather baffling out of context, and there's no context offered in this audiobook. It starts telling you about some people. They do a lot of stuff (serpent-slaying, fighting and propagating, mostly). They have children, the children grow up and fight, propagate and slay more serpents. Things continue in this vein and then it stops.
This is not a complaint though. The translation is meaty and listenable, and the reader sounds like a viking. It's not too long, and individual stories within it are interesting. It's an intriguing journey into an alien world.
The reader reads the book a little too briskly for my taste, which doesn't suit the poetic nature of the language. I found that if I slowed him down to x0.75, he sounded fine and seemed to relish the words more.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
...Then you'll probably like this. It's a retelling of three surviving stories from Old Norse texts. Some of the characters from the show are there as viewers would know them; Others take different forms from story to story, but all have fates intertwined with Ragnar and his children. The seeds of the television show are definitely here, and Ragnar is no less enigmatic and entertaining than he is on television.
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I'm not sure what i expected, i knew this was a translation of ancient norse sagas, and ray chase has the most wonderful voice, yet i feel somehow disappointed. perhaps the Vikings series and modern beginning-middle-end story telling has distorted my attention, but this was quite hard going. the same stories are told several times but with slight differences. none of the tales left me thinking that Ragnar was the prototype hero. there was nothing about his association with Odin the wanderer, or magick. yet i wanted to listen to the end.
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