I loved this story. I read it in paper form, and I loved the story so much that I ended up buying the audio. The narrator adds so much to the story. It was a 5 star story, and the narration adds another 5 stars.
Compulsive reader, compulsive listener.
I'm a bibliophile and do read a lot of books in print. I'll never, EVER read this one. The combination of Lenny Henry extraordinary performance and Neil Gaiman's brilliant writing create a whole that is even better than the parts.
The story itself is touching and funny and terrifying by turns. Don't expect an American Gods sequel. The mood and feel is equally GOOD, but it's quite a different story. (Though the Guidall performance is excellent).
Lenny Henry's performance, though I hate to use a cliche, is just masterful. There's no other expression for it. His vocal characterizations are clear and distinct. He handles the Atlantic-jumping accents with the greatest of facility, making you almost forget it's being narrated by just one person.
It's one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard. Treat yourself. You won't be sorry.
Great novel and awesome narrator. I held off on getting this novel because I thought that it was geared toward a "young adult" audience...I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a fantastical novel for all. I don't know how Neil Gaiman does it, but I hope he never stops. The reader was throughly entertaining from the first word to the last. I highly recommend this one!
American Gods had a heavy, dark feeling. This is lighter and more tightly focused on a handful of individuals, without the overarching epic feel of American Gods. The creativity of a world of semi-human gods wondering through the modern world is still there, but the troubles and schemes of these gods and their human counterparts and disciples and tools are more personal.
The story is touching, funny, and unexpected, and walks that fine line of metaphor and reality, where a deeper meaning is obvious but not so specific that it feels like a lesson. You live the world with the characters, aware of the deeper resonances of culture and change, but never feeling like you have to work too hard to follow it. It's a beautifully full, well written novel, without being heavy.
As others have said, the reader is very enjoyable, too.
I have, over the past few years, discovered Neil Gaiman's works in a patchwork sort of way.
Each novel I read or listen to seems to bring out more introspective thought in such a delightful manner.
As with American Gods previously, I found myself feeling each character - and wondering what my own reactions would be given their particular circumstances. I have been known to read, or listen to, a particularly fascinating book (or series) many times - taking on a different single character each time in order to more fully understand and enjoy them.
Mr. Gaiman has so thoroughly, and beautifully, written each that I can see myself doing the same here just to draw out the sheer pleasure of the story!
This is one of my favorite books and now it's one of my favorite audible books. Lenny Henry does a fabulous job of portraying the characters and you come away thinking the world is truly a magical place.
This book can perhaps be described as the opposite of a gritty crime novel. The reader/listener starts out in the normal world, and is convincingly introduced to supernatural happenings, people, and places. I found the story delightfully imaginative and could hardly tear myself away.