This is not an action-packed thriller. It is a very interesting book, with great characters and a steady plot. I think the best part of the book are its IDEAS. If you like it when you put a book down and your brain keeps going, you'll enjoy this book. I think the concept of the book is very interesting, as is the way it is delivered. It takes our big ideas and sacred beliefs and serves them up through ordinary, even mundane faces.
I thought it was funny and interesting throughout, a good story.
The narration was fantastic. Guidall seems to have an extraordinary range or believable, authentic voices that seem to develop the characters even more.
An incredible novel, with a stellar narrating performance by George Guidall. I read this book when it was first published and enjoyed it immensely. I found that the narration added a second layer to the novel. It increased my enjoyment of the novel and it increased my appreciation of the craft of narration. Bravo!!!
I was skeptical at first, but I really enjoyed this story. I also really like the fact that it Shadow spent a good deal of time in the midwest. That was a nice surprise. Also the way that the gods worked was quite impress.
This book is so inventive, thought provoking, scary, dreamlike and funny that I had to give it a 5.
The narration by George Guidall is pure genius!
I'm perplexed by the negative reviews regarding swear words and sex: very little of either and all part of the larger story. I'm sure it's not for everyone but if you're up for something quirky and captivating, give it a listen.
I'm going to see what else George Guidall has read. AMAZING!
This was my first Neil Gaiman book, and I got it because of its length (the longer the book for 1 credit, the more you get for the money). Turns out, it was probably my favorite audio book so far. I really enjoyed the rambling style of storytelling and that all the characters weren't particularly good or evil, but they were characters and thus engaging. The story made me curious and kept me interested until the very end. I've read some other reviews stating that the book was crude and filled with gratuitous sex. I didn't feel that way at all. There was one homosexual encounter, but the encounter left me very curious about what happened to the characters as a result of the encounter more than offended in any way. I also found the story behind the encounter sadly moving.
Overall I thought this book was really good. I hate for anyone to miss it because of other reviews from people who disliked it. Aside from being an interesting story of a man's journey to being alive, it's also an interesting glimpse into the little histories that make up America.
This is my favorite book of Gaiman's thus far. Many of the other things of his I've read were, though quite enjoyable, lighter and almost a bit formulaic. His character portraits are tons of fun, but often a bit cartoonish. They are usually some combination of the plucky independent woman (who is hot in a pixie/exotic way) who meets a trodden-upon man (with a secret power he has yet to uncover) and they encounter deliciously evil villany and/or gods together while being transported through various realities.
After a few variations on that theme it was nice to get into a more complex character with surprises to reveal about himself (mostly that he was just a normal dude, even if his father was a god). It's as though Gaiman finally was able to commit his attention span for long enough to go deeper than his usual glib facile writing style. Even the ending doesn't tie up too neatly, which is refreshing. There is resolution, but like most things in the novel it leaves a lot of things lurking in the shadows.
As for the audio recording, the narrator is a bit dry but not obnoxious. Thankfully he doesn't over-emote, so one can just enjoy the book without being too distracted by the reader.
I was a little anxious to listen to a book this long. I was worried about my limited attention span being able to make it through a 20+ hours of American Gods. Having just finished the book moments ago I can say that my attention did not wander, as I was quickly drawn into this great story. George Guidall does a truly amazing job narrating the story with dozens of unique voices and characterizations. I would have gladly listened to another 20 hours if there was only more story.
The story is good, the characters are interesting. The continuity of the pace of the story is a bit inconsistent. Very readable...listenable.
Stunningly imaginative fantastical fiction! Completely consuming. The author's writing and imagination make for a full-spectrum painting of here/there, then/now, seen/unseen. I am disappointed that I am finished listening. It feels like I luxuriated in full color and now have to return to black and white. I guess the author suggests that I just need to look a little more closely. Wonderful!
Neil Gaiman writes the way Michael Jordan plays basketball. Effortlessly and skillful with sudden displays of brilliance that leave a reader or listener in this case simply in awe. With the talented George Guidall telling the tale there is no more that that needs to be done to make this one a keeper. I would highly recommend this book to any and all. I have long been a fan of Mr. Gaiman from his comic books, but I find that his writing is even more entertaining and plan to listen to all his works in the future.