A very thorough, wide ranging history of the Vikings. Full of place names and people and mythologies. It helps to have the hard copy to see the maps and see the spellings of the names and location. The reader is amazingly wonderful with his reading of old Norsk, old English and all the old place names. There are some really amusing stories and details, and the author has a quiet sense of humor that appears occasionally like a sparkly gem in the hoards of names, dates and places. I've enjoyed it very much.