This is a foolish book. Little or no enjoyment out of it. I was happy to be done with it. Don't waste your time.
I purchased Neverwhere and really enjoyed it. So I decided to try American Gods. I stopped listening about 6 hours in. I was sick of listening to the F word every 5 seconds. I also don't like hearing about prostitutes and gay sex (in graphic detail). I'm no prude, but give me a break. I wish Audible would at least warn people with a graphic language and sex label. Loved Neverwhere. Hated American Gods.
I like Neil Gaiman as an author, I LOVED Coraline and Sandman and had high hopes for this book. Although the concept was interesting and I enjoyed the idea, the execution was tedious. I was utterly bored listening to this to the point where I put it on 2x speed to get through it faster, skipped entire chapters and discovered I had missed nothing of the plot line. As the interview with the author illuminates in the end many parts of the book came from his meandering travels that seemed forced into the book. Many of the Gods that were introduced were shallow characters that went no where. In the end, if you like extremely detailed descriptions of mundane activities you might like this book. If you want a plot that moves along, go elsewhere.
The plot was timely and interesting, but the lack of continuity in the story line made it completely frustrating. I found myself really wanting to know how it would turn out, but the introduction of pointless characters who offered nothing to the story almost kept me from getting there.
I was not familiar with the author but decided to listen to the audiobook because of Audible's recommendation. I did not like it at all and had to work way too hard to try to get into it. I didn't finish (life's too short) and would not recommend this audiobook.
I?ll know to investigate a book and its genre further before buying and not just rely on the folks that give it stellar reviews. I only purchased this Audio download due to all the positive reviews. It?s very dark, weird and supernatural in a disturbing kind of way. I?ve made it to chapter 4 and now realize that I need to cut my losses, delete it and move on??
This book was a major disappointment and a major waste of time. The overall tone was dark and depressing due to the large amount of filth, obscenity, and blasphemy used to create the story. The author also uses entirely too much filler. I wanted an unabridged version, but this was ridiculous. Very slow read.