Fun, mysterious, thought provoking. Was originally attracted to this author because of his friendship with Tori Amos.
This is a surprising and engaging story with a light-hearted critique of our times.
Would like to see moreof his work.
Having listened to stephen King's Dark tower series, this book is a little weird. It is so similar. It may just be the influence of the narration. I kept expecting the main character to say,"gunslingers to me!".
By the end of the book, I was enjoying it, but it is a little disjointed. All in all a good listen.
I really enjoyed reading this story when it first came out. And I enjoyed it again years later listening to George Guidall's narrative. Mr. Guidall does a fantastic job! He employs several different voices well enough that you will recognize the character based on the sound of his/their voice. And he reads with great passion. Nice job Mr. Guidall!
As for the story, it goes at a deliberate pace and envelops you in its fantastic world where Gods come into existence simply because we believe.
When I purchased American Gods, I was expecting to be disappointed. It sounded like such a great premise, how could someone NOT ruin it. I was, however, very pleasantly suprised! It scratched every literary itch I had. I really enjoyed every minute of it, and you will too.
This book is superbly written, and masterfully read. I had already read the paper book and was astonished to realize how poetic and eloquent the language throughout this book is. The story is extremely engaging while it explores the nature and consequences of belief through the characters of various mythological figures. If you are interested in mythology and enjoy a good road trip story, you can't miss this book. If you are not very well read or are easily offended by a few well written graphic scenes, then don't bother.
This book started out with a bang. Then it became down right weird! I was bumper to bumper on the Freeway when the spider stole the monkeys testicles in Shadow's (the main character) dream. And started to tease the monkey. I wanted to throw my IPod out the window. But I couldn't cause it's a Touch.. And I love it... I have read "The Graveyard Book" and "Coraline" and didn't care much for those books either.. The best thing about this book is the reader. I loved him!! Well, up until you know what..
The premise for this book was fascinating. I especially enjoyed the play on "gods" and how American's worship those "gods". I had some real issues with the lagging pace of the book. Not itended to be a believable book - I still took issue with the wild unbelievability of some of the events - espcially those designed to be believable. A faster paced plot would have helped the book immensely. I am typically a "get lost in the audio book" type listener. I could have taken this book or left it. I, in fact, listened to the radio on my way to and from work a few times - something I never do when I have an audio book available. It wasn't bad - just wasn't good.
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
is this supposed to be? I'm 4 hours into this book and I have yet to detect a scintilla of plot. I want to be entertained with a story that has a plot with some goal in mind. I can't begin to detect one. Maybe it's just me. Very disappointed.
Haven't listened to this one...but I've read the book (a couple of times) and love Gaiman's take on modern religion. The narrator is the same guy who does the Dark Tower Series (another must read or listen) and is really good at his job. I would highly reccommend you get this one if you have a chance.