The Captain’s Log – odd and the frost giants (Neil Gaiman)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Since beginning to listen to audiobooks this year, I have become determined to listen to Neil Gaiman read as many of his own stories as I can.  I have a wee bit of an obsession with Mr. Gaiman (for details click here) and so when I had a short bit of time I decided to listen to this one.

This be a cute story about a young Viking named Odd and the adventure he goes on to help reclaim the city of the Gods from the Frost Giants.  I adore Odd and had a lovely time hearing him deal with Thor, Loki, and Odin.

Apparently this is a retelling of a known tale.  I don’t know the Norse myths very well at all.  Perhaps I have to listen to Norse Mythology soon.  This story was middle grade but (as always) I don’t put age limits on things.  So pick this one up!

Side note: Mr. Gaiman’s voice was so wonderful that I didn’t need the illustrations.  Arrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

The thrilling, wintry Nordic tale by Neil Gaiman, who weaves a magical story of legend and adventure that will enchant readers from beginning to end.

Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid. In his icy, ancient world there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him. Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear…and then Odd’s destiny begins to change.

The eagle, bear, and fox Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giant who has conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. Now our hero must reclaim Thor’s hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods…

To visit the author’s website go to:

Neil Gaiman – Author

To buy the book go to:

odd and the frost giants – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

Broadside No. 11

fortunately, the milk (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

 the sleeper and the spindle (Captains’ Log – Fantasy)

the graveyard book (Second Reflections – Young Adult Fantasy)

16 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – odd and the frost giants (Neil Gaiman)

  1. YES! I also ADORE listening to Neil Gaiman read his works. I honestly didn’t fully understand his writing until I heard The Ocean at the End of the Lane narrated by him. Now I *get* them.

    Odd and the Frost Giants is on my TBR so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! I believe this production is similar to The Sleeper and the Spindle? Retellings are so much fun. I love all the weird twists Gaiman puts on them. Do you plan on reading the original tale?

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    1. The ocean at the end of the lane is one I want to listen to him narrate because I didn’t love readin’ it. I mean I liked it but I didn’t really get all of it. And I am glad he does read it. I just put a hold at the library.

      I will likely read the original tale Norse tale at some point. But I am definately going to have to listen to Norse Gods now too.
      x The Captain

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  2. Lol! I was gonna say you were missing out on all the illustrations, but I see that Gaiman more than made up for them with his voice lol. I’d love to get the book. I love the cover design.

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  3. Sice my heritage is Norwegian, i have been obsessed with vikings for some time. I would read this youthful story even though i dont usually like young books.

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