• Eaters of the Dead

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 24-11-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (68 ratings)

Summary

The year is A.D. 922. A refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph of Baghdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors who are journeying to the barbaric North. He is appalled by their Viking customs - the wanton sexuality of their pale, angular women, their disregard for cleanliness...their cold-blooded human sacrifices. But it is not until they reach the depths of the Northland that the courtier learns the horrifying and inescapable truth: he has been enlisted by these savage, inscrutable warriors to help combat a terror that plagues them - a monstrosity that emerges under cover of night to slaughter the Vikings and devour their flesh....
Eaters of the Dead was adapted to the screen as The 13th Warrior, starring Antonio Banderas.
©1976 by Michael Crichton; Copyright renewed 2004 by CrichtonSun LLC. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 22-06-18

Does Historical Documentation Make a Thriller?

Not for the first time with Crichton I find myself thinking that he has great ideas but sometimes doesn't execute on them. It is a hell of a tale, arab explorers partying with the Vikings is something you good go a hell of a long way with. Crichton also had the interesting idea of structuring the whole thing on a mostly fictional ancient manuscript written by one of the explorers interspersed with odd moments of documentary-like commentary. For me it just sucked the life out of the story with it's extremely matter of fact approach.

It is interesting to note that the early chapters are loosely based on a real account by Ahmad ibn Fadlan who genuinely was an arab traveller that visited the Vikings. Crichton then bolts on a Beowulf-like story to complete his tale.

Simon Vance does a decent job of the narration but the text style isn't easy to breathe a great deal of life into. So maybe this will prove unpopular as a review but for me I was put off by the 15 minute historical lecture at the start and never managed to engage with the dry delivery of the story that followed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M. J. Atkinson on 19-09-16

Great historical "fiction" !

Excellent historical adventure story from a great story teller.
Vikings, mist monsters and adventure. Worth a listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 15-04-17

FEAR HAS A WHITE MOUTH

BY TRICKERY, DECEIT
I suppose I should KEEP MY TEETH TOGETHER, but it is something that bothered me the first time I read it and still bothers me in this second reading. Crichton tries to convince the reader that he is writing a factual novel based on some long lost manuscripts of a long ago adventurer. The book is filled with footnotes and references to non existence texts. He does come forward with the truth at the end of the book and tries to explain why he did it. I suppose it was to warn us, to not believe everything we hear and to check out references for their authenticity. All I know is, that I felt like he was making fun of me. Once I got over that, I could not deny that this is a exciting, well written, sort of fantastical, sort of historical story and The 13th Warrior is one of my favorite movies.

STRANGE THINGS CEASE TO BE STRANGE UPON REPETITION
Some my think my first paragraph is a spoiler, but I believe if you know ahead of time, you will enjoy the book better and not have that sick feeling at the end of being duked. If you liked the movie you will love this book. If you have not seen the movie, but like books with high adventure, macho Vikings, historical aspects, Dragons, Witches, sword play and Neanderthals among others than you too, will love this book.

Simon Vance was the perfect fit for this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-01-17

Time well spent

I've always enjoyed the movie the 13th warrior, but this is one of those situations where the book manages to squeeze out so much more...as they usually do.

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