Review: Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman

He said nothing: seldom do those who are silent make mistakes.

Book Info

Genre: Short Stories / Mythology
Number of Pages: 299
Perspective: Third Person

Gaiman has gathered many Norse Mythology stories and legends and compiled them into a cohesive set of short stories with a narrative flair. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Book Review

TL;DR: Great choice for an audiobook.

Rating: 4/5

Full Review: If you’ve ever read any of my other audiobook reviews, [such as Orange is the New Black or Not That Kind of Girl] you probably already know that I am not an auditory learner, and audiobooks are not my preference. I only listen to them when I am traveling since I get motion sick and can’t read while flying or driving. I really have not found an audiobook that I can say I really enjoyed…until now.

Everything about this book on paper should have meant that I would hate it: audiobook, mythology, short stories. But the short stories were actually perfect for keeping my attention in audio form. The only negative was that Neil Gaiman’s voice is so soothing that I couldn’t listen to more than a story at a time without getting sleepy [not a great combination with driving]. So it actually took me several road trips to finish this.

I have seen the Thor movies, so I had an idea of the personalities of Thor and Loki. I also took a Norse Mythology class my freshman year of high school [I don’t remember any of it, so we might as well pretend it never happened]. But, most of the characters and stories were brand new to me. I know Gaiman took creative liberties in his retellings, so they fall closely with the original stories, but he made them more exciting.

Some stories were definitely more interesting than others. Of course, Loki and Thor stole the show. Loki is mischievous and Thor is just so dumb, but also endearing. I could definitely see this being a book that a family reads together aloud before bed. Now I can’t wait to read some other Neil Gaiman books, starting with American Gods so I can finally watch the tv show. I definitely recommend this book, even if you aren’t necessarily into mythology [clearly, I’m not either]. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

My Rating

4 star review

Of course it was Loki. It's always Loki.

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