This story moves along and is interesting, fun and easy to keep up with. But the narrator is the jewel in this audio. A wonderful talent for changing gender and nationality without a hitch, or an unbelievable voice in the bunch. I looked to see what else he has done, nothing else but a childrens book. :-( I will SO be watching for this narrator again!
I've just started reading (and listening) to Neil Gaiman and this was a great place to start. I really like his writing style; pragmatic and matter of fact as he writes about magical or ridiculous twists. I also very much enjoyed Lenny Henry's narration. I listen to Audiobooks during my daily commute and more than once this story had me sitting in the driveway to hear just a little bit more.
I did not want it to end. An incredibly entertaining story by an amazingly talented narrator. My wife loved it just as much. Neil Gaiman continues to write fiction which strikes sympathetic chords within the mind & spirit. I anticipate listening to this (as well as "American Gods" & other Gaiman works) periodically for many years.
This is not a bad book and it is not my favorite Neil G's book. It's just okay, I just finished American Gods and expected more. What makes this book worth getting is the Narator...SUPERB..
Grand performance of a fun story. This recording is the perfect example of the joy of audiobooks. The different accents and personality of the characters are brought to life in a vivid manner that far exceeds my imagination.
The story itself is sort of super late blooming man coming into his own after the death of his father, who had always been rather larger than life and ...a god.
The characters are so likeable,and there are little fairy tales scattered throughout. I love that.
Now, I'll warn u. If you like this one u may also like some of Neil's other stories. He actually does a really charming read of Neverwhere, and has written a number of short stories that were great. He is a writer of some range, however. When they say American Gods is gritty, they aint kiddin. Made me feel like I needed a bath and never did get through
I loved this book. Every time I got to work or back home, as I shut off the audio, I'd think "I *love* this book." Wonderful material, well written, but the performance of Lenny Henry is what made this so amazingly fine as an audio. I was unfamiliar with him before I listened, but I see why my friends who know him are such fans. The distinct voices were well done, as well as the accents, and the humor (and other emotions) really shone through. I loved this reading so much that I had to send Mr. Henry an email of admiration, which is something I've never done before. (And he sent a charmingly self-effacing response about the brilliance of Neil Gaiman, which made me like him even more.) This is an absolute winner.
Great story and wonderful characters. The reader did a fantastic job. This is another winner for Gaiman who continues to create alternative and enchanting universes. I highly recommend.