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Michael Crichton takes the listener on a one-thousand-year-old journey in his adventure novel Eaters Of The Dead. This remarkable true story originated from actual journal entries of an Arab man who traveled with a group of Vikings throughout northern Europe. In 922 A.D, Ibn Fadlan, a devout Muslim, left his home in Baghdad on a mission to the King of Saqaliba. During his journey, he meets various groups of "barbarians" who have poor hygiene and gorge themselves on food, alcohol and sex. For Fadlan, his new traveling companions are a far stretch from society in the sophisticated "City of Peace." The conservative and slightly critical man describes the Vikings as "tall as palm trees with florid and ruddy complexions." Fadlan is astonished by their lustful aggression and their apathy towards death. He witnesses everything from group orgies to violent funeral ceremonies. Despite the language and cultural barriers, Ibn Fadlan is welcomed into the clan. The leader of the group, Buliwyf (who can communicate in Latin) takes Fadlan under his wing.
Without warning, the chieftain is ordered to haul his warriors back to Scandinavia to save his people from the "monsters of the mist." Ibn Fadlan follows the clan and must rise to the occasion in the battle of his life.--Gina Kaysen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This engaging audio adaptation presents Crichton's (The Lost World) variation on the Beowulf tale from the perspective of a contemporary reporter. The narrator, Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, courtier in the court of the Caliph of Bagdad, is detoured from his diplomatic mission and joins a group of Vikings on a heroic quest. Led by their chief, Buliwyf, the band attempts to rid the Kingdom of Rothgar of the dreaded "wendols," or mist monsters. Ibn Fadlan records not only the story of the quest but also his views on Viking life, society, sexual habits, and government. This medieval account is presented in the form of a modern scholarly translation, including an introduction, supporting materials, and footnotes. Crichton's excellent story is further enhanced by George Guidall's superb narration. A great performance and highly recommended for all audio collections.AStephen L. Hupp, Urbana Univ., OH
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
While this book is very good, I recommend reading it and then watching the film The 13th Warrior. In my opinion, the film handles a few things better but the book is definitely... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Brian
It is the year 922 and Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, the Caliph of Bagdad’s ambassador to the King of the Volga Bulgars, finds himself practically shanghaied by a group of Norse Rus, and sent... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kurt A. Johnson
Well-written and full of suspense. I don't usually enjoy reading books written in first person, but i made an exception when buying Eaters of the Dead. Read morePublished 23 days ago by MusicMama317
Very enjoyable. I understand how The 13th Warrior was created. It explained many things that was left out of the movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary
I only made this review so I could read the book because the app wouldn't let me unless I did.Published 1 month ago by Grant G.
Always enjoy watching "The 13th Warrior". As is usual, the book has a lot more going on. Good Read!!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer