Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology doesn’t contain new stories: if you are familiar with the source material, then you’ve heard each tale before. What’s appealing about this collection, particularly in the audiobook, is that Gaiman puts his own spin on the characters. His Thor is, to me at least, like a character out of a classic British comedy. There was something about him that reminded me of Dad’s Army. His Loki is wonderfully sly: doing good by doing evil, from beginning to end. The stories are framed in an interesting an irreverent way, which makes them more lively than stricter translations of the source materials. Technically, for those interested in these sorts of things, Gaiman has preferred newer sources, so the Christian parallels are overt.

If you’ve not listened to the Norse myths before, this is a funny, approachable, and sadly brief introduction. If you’re familiar with the stories already, but would like to see a master storyteller try his arm at a recitation, then it’s marvelous. Broadly recommended, and available through the collection now in standard and large print. Sadly at time of writing we don’t have audio, but once we do, the link will find it as well.