The Children of Odin


Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.7 stars; 637 reviews)

Master storyteller Padraic Colum's rich, musical voice captures all the magic and majesty of the Norse sagas in his retellings of the adventures of the gods and goddesses who lived in the Northern paradise of Asgard before the dawn of history. Here are the matchless tales of All-Father Odin, who crosses the Rainbow Bridge to walk among men in Midgard and sacrifices his right eye to drink from the Well of Wisdom; of Thor, whose mighty hammer defends Asgard; of Loki, whose mischievous cunning leads him to treachery against the gods; of giants, dragons, dwarfs and Valkyries; and of the terrible last battle that destroyed their world. (Summary from Project Gutenberg)

(6 hr 23 min)

Chapters

Part 1, Chapters 1 and 2 14:31 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 1, Chapter 3 20:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 1, Chapter 4 10:24 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 1, Chapter 5 15:43 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 1, Chapter 6 10:35 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 1, Chapter 7 14:49 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 1, Chapters 8 and 9 19:38 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 2, Chapter 1 8:01 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 2, Chapter 2 11:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 2, Chapters 3 and 4 16:38 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 2, Chapter 5 20:36 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 2, Chapter 6 12:31 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 2, Chapter 7 17:16 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 2, Chapter 8 20:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 3, Chapters 1 and 2 17:11 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 3, Chapters 3 and 4 13:59 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 3, Chapter 5 8:57 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 3, Chapter 6 19:11 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 3, Chapter 7 6:10 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 4, Chapter 1 13:15 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 4, Chapter 2 10:17 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 4, Chapter 3 12:50 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 4, Chapter 4 15:03 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 4, Chapters 5 and 6 15:53 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 4, Chapters 7 and 8 12:54 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 4, Chapters 9 and 10 13:49 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 4, Chapter 11 10:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

free

(5 stars)

Interesting how people complain about the lack of perfection of the reader (narrator) with such high demands as to "pitch", "cadence", "inflection". Narrating a book is not a simple task. Narrating a book for free/no pay is an act of service to those who may not be able to read because of poor eyesight other physical impediment or due to not knowing how. The demands of the lazy for perfection are not the concern of the narrators whose labor is dedicated to the former mentioned, not the lazy or cheap. To demand perfection, you must pay for it. There are for pay versions of all the free audiobooks.

Absolutely Riveting

(5 stars)

The book is beautifully crafted - each story written in such a way that in the end all the parts meet and fit perfectly with each other. Elizabeth Klett's narration was fantastic, as always. She ensured to speak slowly for the readers to keep up with the difficult names and terms. Her impeccable diction and accent makes it a wonderful read. The awe inspiring myths are sure to grasp your attention and never let go.

(5 stars)

Very nice, respectful reading of these tales. My only note would be name mispronunciations - at least she's consistent. I know the Old Norse forms of the words, so I realize I am picky, but the author's name is also mispronounced. Otherwise terrific reading!

sunny

(4 stars)

This was a great listen. I do believe the voices could have been changed a bit more to differentiate between everyone. There were a lot of characters with similar sounding names. Overall, it was interesting and I enjoyed the story very much. Absolutely will help me when I watch Jeopardy!!!

(5 stars)

Excellent, faultless reading on a mammoth text. The story itself not suitable for young or sensitive children, but an interesting piece in its own right as well as showing how Norse stories influenced Tolkien and others after him. Thank you reader for your time and effort!

A Family Favorite

(5 stars)

I've lost track of how many times we've listened to this one. My kids come back to it again and again. I love the tales of bravery and heroism, and always wonder: did our Scandinavian ancestors know these stories, too?

Great book and reader

(5 stars)

As someone who grew up with these stories as my inheritance, this was great! The reader did very well, although most of the names were mispronounced but I don't expect anyone to be able to completely but she was very consistent in her pronunciation so you never get confused about what she is talking about in such a complex saga. So very well done by the reader.

(5 stars)

read wonderfully and even. he makes entertaining versions out of what can be notoriously confusing Norse mythology. I love this book. it didn't give all the myths but covers a broad range, good for adults. thank you thank you to all involved. great book