The Captain’s Log – norse mythology (Neil Gaiman)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Since beginning to listen to audiobooks, 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 was delighted when I was able to check out this audiobook.

Earlier I listened the story of the frost giants which was the impetus for learning more about the Norse gods.  As usual, it was wonderful to settle in for storytime with Mr. Gaiman.  The book starts out with an introduction to the gods and a brief description of the methodology that he used in trying to retell these stories in a newer fashion.  Like many fairytales, there are multiple versions of the stories.  I was interested to find out that we really are missing entire tales about most of the Norse gods.

The best part about the book, besides its wonderful narrator, it that these stories were told in an overall arc.  Ye start with the creation of the world and then end at the world’s destruction.  Even though there are individual tales, it makes it feel like ye get one entire story.  That was so fun to realize as the story progressed.

I basically was completely enthralled by the entire book and listening experience.  I would listen to this again and highly recommend it.  Arrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok.

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Neil Gaiman – Author

To buy the book go to:

norse mythology – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

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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)

odd and the frost giants (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

27 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – norse mythology (Neil Gaiman)

  1. Yes! another well-received short story collection! I, like you, love to listen to Gaiman read his own works. I honestly didn’t *get* Gaiman’s writing until I listened to him read The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Life Changed.

    As I binge read your posts… Compare this to How Long ‘Til Black Future Month. Which of these collections is stronger overall in your eyes? Which one has the strongest individual story? Why?

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    1. Oh what an evil question! I do have to say that Norse Mythology is best as a whole. The stories can work individually but they are short and weird. So Jemisin’s collection has the strongest individual story. As to making a choice to which one. Ummm I had a favourite when readin’ but now I am not so sure. And I need to get to Ocean read by him. I thought the book was just okay but listening to it may make me change me mind. Arrr!
      x The Captain

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      1. Mwahahaha! I am so evil. 😉

        Yeah, it can be hard to compare collections like this. But I’m glad they both have their merits! It sounds like these collections are quite different.

        I wouldn’t rush out to re-read The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but when you’re in the mood for revisiting a book in a new format, definitely check out the audiobook. It’s VERY different hearing his narration than reading the text.


  2. Gosh, I would love to listen to a Neil Gaiman audiobook. Unfortunately I don’t have the right opportunities time-wise to listen to audiobooks. My commute to work is only 30 minutes, for example, so it would take a long time to get through a book that way. Plus, I tend to visualize the story as I’m reading… and that wouldn’t work well with driving! XD

    Anyway, glad to hear you loved Norse Mythology! I really enjoyed it when I read it a couple years ago.

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      1. I don’t read a lot of norse stuff and I was thinking this would be more interesting than it turned out to be. I haven’t listened to milk yet, but I did read the book. I bet he does a great job with that one!

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      2. Yes, I agree. It’s a lot to swallow. I typically enjoy renditions of Greek myths, which added to why I was puzzled I didn’t love this one. Something about it just didn’t grab me.

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    1. I am so glad that I listened to this one. It is me third audiobook of him narrating his own work. I plan to reread all of the books by him that he has read for the pure delight of it. I think he could certainly make his career in audiobook narration. Though I prefer that I get his new stories 🙂 I seriously recommend listening to fortunately, the milk if ye haven’t! Thanks for the comment and hope ye enjoy Norse mythology as much as I did. Arrr!
      x The Captain


    1. Besides the awesome narrator, Harper Audio is a great copy. I seem to like the majority of their production values. Hachette Audio is one of me other favourites. I never paid attention to narrator or company before. It be something I want to track this year though. I better update me spreadsheet now that I think of it. Arrrr!
      x The Captain


      1. I decided to also track publishers as well. More work for me but I am curious. This year is a test year of tracking new things. Then I will decide what I want to keep. Arrr!
        x The Captain


      1. I tend to pick audio books that are ‘easy’ reads just because my brain forgets things, especially when there are lots of details. I just assumed I would need to read the physical on this one. You make it sound like this one is good on audio so, I might try that! Thanks ❤

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      2. Ah, I do tend to enjoy readin’ “fluff” books via audiobook. And aye, there are some books that audiobook would be difficult for. One the comes to mind is the books of babel series or the stormlight archives series. Me noggin also forgets details and so sometimes there are books that readin’ makes me retain more information. Makes sense. Thanks for the answer to me question!
        x The Captain

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