• The Prose Edda (Annotated)

  • The Myths of the Vikings with a New Foreword
  • By: Snorri Sturluson
  • Narrated by: Ayrton Parham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $19.95

Buy for $19.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Hear the original tales of Thor, Odin, and Loki, as the Vikings heard them long ago. Enjoy these ancient tales of tragedy, death, glory, and love, with all the gory and mystic details left out of the Hollywood versions. This collection, The Prose Edda, was the first time the Viking myths were assembled and written down in plain prose (before then, they existed only as oral poems). That makes this book one of the closest sources we have to these tales as the Vikings actually told them, not filtered through a modern lens. This abridged edition has only removed sections dealing with technical rules for writing poetry in the Viking style, but has included all the myths and legends. Many print editions do the same. This edition also features a new foreword, introducing the work to a modern audience. 

Music provided by Royalty Free Music:
youtube.com/royaltyfreezone 

Music used (edited):
"For You King" by Ender Güney
youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic
(Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0) 

"Warrior Women" by Ender Güney
youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic
(Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0) 

Music used: "Odin" by Evan King
soundcloud.com/evan-king/odin
(Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

©2019 Ayrton Parham (P)2019 Ayrton Parham

What listeners say about The Prose Edda (Annotated)

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    97
  • 4 Stars
    30
  • 3 Stars
    20
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    4
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    83
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    11
  • 2 Stars
    8
  • 1 Stars
    7
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    87
  • 4 Stars
    31
  • 3 Stars
    13
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    4

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent Narrator! Made material accessible.

I am Scandinavian and wanted to dig a little more into Norse literature and find reading it to myself unappealing due to the at times difficult pronunciation of words. I am so happy I found this in audio format. I was able to follow along with the narrator who does a great job. I felt like I was being read to fireside. Great book!

14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Narrator brought story to life

I was absolutely enthralled by the vigor with which the narrator brought the story and characters to life in this fresh and inspiring recording. Translations of older, foreign works can often become boring and tiresome on paper, but the narrator brings the energy of a father telling a bedtime story to his young children on a stormy night. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone interested in Norse mythology or Scandinavian history.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Fun new voice given to old stories

*I received a free copy of this in exchange for an unbiased review.*

These myths are always dated, especially this Snorri Sturluson version because it's based on the oral tradition. However, I'm a huge fan of Norse mythology, and I thought that the narrator brought them to life in an incredibly fun way. Especially during the forward.

Some versions of The Prose Edda include rules for this version of poetry, but I believe that's unnecessary. The decision to cut it helped me enjoy the narrative more.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great Story

The Prose Edda is such a great story. I could listen to it over and over. I absolutely loved it.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

excellent stories

The Prose Edda are amazing sagas. well done. why a minimum of 15 words? Ridiculous.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Narrator is horrible

This is the Prose Edda, and it goes without saying is important literature. However, the narration is RIDICULOUS. Pompous, pretentious, and embarrassing. It’s hard not to take it personally, but I find it insulting to my intelligence and taste, and it also does a great disservice to these wonderful stories. Thumbs way, way down for the narrator’s insane lack of self-awareness and the producer who thought this was ok.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Terrible narrator

The material was great, of course, but the narrator was a constant distraction with his jarring inflections, exaggerated pronunciations, and odd phrasing.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • X
  • 08-13-20

Insufferable cadence and terrible voice acting

I don't wanna sound rude but the speaker is terrible to listen to. The stories are great tho, almost makes it wiry it

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Ignore the prologue

It’s always silly to me when an a Christian attempt comment on other religions. The translations of the actual text though are adequate!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Great reading but the book wasn’t great

I don’t recommend this book to anyone. It was very boring and had a 100 names that made the whole thing very confusing. I had to read it for school and if it wasn’t for that I wouldn’t have finished it. The actual ready of the book was great though!

2 people found this helpful