The Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds: Your Introduction to Deities, Mythical Beings & Fantastic Creatures

2 CDs. 1:50 hrs. Listening Library. Aug. 2016. $22. ISBN 9781524722081. digital download.
Gr 3–7—Kieran Culkin does a wonderful job bringing the characters and accounts in this audiobook to life. Riordan's enjoyable, anachronistic humor and storytelling wit shine through as Magnus Chase welcomes listeners to Hotel Valhalla and gives them a guided tour of some of the characters and tales of Norse mythology. Listeners may be familiar with Odin, Loki, and Thor but perhaps not with the ways they are described here. Lesser-known Norse gods and goddesses are also presented. Riordan fans will be pleased that he has branched out from Greek myth to the Norse tales. Listeners will find laugh-out-loud moments, interesting information about Norse mythology, and entertaining stories here.
VERDICT A winner for both Riordan fans and those new to his work and a natural fit for mythology classes or studies.

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