The History of the Vikings: Norse Sagas, Medieval Marauders, and Far-flung Settlements

Written by:
Christopher R. Fee
Narrated by:
Christopher R. Fee
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Unabridged Audiobook

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Book
82
Narrator
16
Release Date
August 2018
Duration
9 hours 52 minutes
Summary
Navigate Viking history, culture, and literature with world-renowed medievalist Christopher R. Fee, Ph.D., named  by the Princeton Review as one of America’s best professors.

Frequently depicted as “Scandinavian scavengers,” warlike pirates, raiders, and invaders, the Vikings have lately surfaced from the depths of history to become pop culture’s most adored ruffians. For Prof. Fee, this recent craze for all-things Viking is a mixed blessing. The spike in popular fascination often occasions a need to separate the wheat from the chaff: fact from fiction, history from myth, literature from legend.

This 24-lecture audio series rights the ship by offering you a scholarly and comprehensive overview of Viking history, geography, literature, religion, and culture. Prof. Fee leads this series with canny and personable teaching. 

As you meet the great Viking adventurers, you’ll explore pivotal events such as the raid on the monastery at Lindisfarne in 739 and the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066, as well as lesser-known curiosities: the etymology of the term “Viking,” the story of the Vikings known as Varangians who guarded the Byzantine Emperor, and the origins of the state that we now know as Russia. 

From runic inscriptions to heroic sagas, pagan belief to Danelaw, you’ll ponder the Vikings’ lasting significance as you immerse yourself in the seen and unseen record of their fascinating civilization. 

This course is part of the Learn25 collection.
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Debra R.

5 mins into it and that was it. The Stuttering was unbearable. Good thing it was a VIP credit. I'm sure there's good info in here but I couldn't take the poor narrating.

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Donna G.

There was lots of good info and I learned a lot but the narrator sounded like a high school professor giving lectures, which I would assume he is. He obviously knows a lot about this topic but the “uh”s and “um”s were so prevalent it was hard to follow the intended thought!! Especially when other books are so beautifully read, this was a HUGE departure from the books I usually listen to!! My high school speech coach wouldn’t have stood for this delivery!!

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Richard Z.

Someone has to say that: dramatic lecturing purely butchering such a fantastic subject

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Helene H.

Narrator is not reading properly, although title might be interesting

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Hawkeye

I liked it very much. Learned a lot and was able to link knowledge gained from other sources to gain a deeper understanding. Found it to be well researched- mostly. However, in his discussion of the failure of the Greenland settlements he really didn’t offer a very thorough analysis in his discussion. Theories have been evolving since Jared Diamond’s book,Collapse, but Fee addressed neither Diamond’s arguments nor the new data arising from archaeological digs on Greenland. I would liked a big nor engagement on that topic but overall I enjoyed it very much. The narrator was good but not a professional reader. I actually liked him - he gave it an informal, collaborative sort of energy.

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wjmackin

Professor goes into details on subjects often overlooked or barely touched on in other books and lectures I’ve heard about the Vikings. He talks about language and runes more than the average lecture but would have liked more. Overall a great listen and definitely recommend.

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Anonymous

Debra, I agree. Stammering PHD dont play well. This guys a lecturer?!

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Anonymous

Bad narrator very offputting

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