I loved this book. A great listen. One of the many books I've listened to that I WILL listen to again. The story just sucks you in and you just want to sit in your car and listen. Neil Gaiman is great story teller.
I enjoy Gaiman's unique stories, but this one was spoiled a bit for me by the graphic sex scenes which show up continually throughout the book. More than graphic, some of them are also made of disturbing and bizzare imagery. I did finish the book to find out the ending because otherwise it is interesting - but I deleted it from my harddrive and don't intend to listen a second time. I'm not sure the first time was worth it.
I have listened to 3 other Neil books Anansi Boys, Neverwhere and Stardust, All awesome! This book however is nothing but "F@#$ this", "F@#$ that" "I will F-N Kill you". The the F word is used way to often. I think that if you took the F word out of just the first hour of the book it would have only played for 30 min!! Way to much.. I don't mind books that use the F word but this book seems to use it for every 3rd word. Way to F-N much! Skip this book, Neil has way to many really good books.
I got this book based on the previous reviews. I made it through about three hours and I was ready to scream I was so bored. I think this one needs to have an abridged version.
The performance is good, but I wish we could travel through the story in a more effective manner.
Join the rest of us in the real world
Only thing that got me half way through the first third of this audio
The supernatural stuff
I'm sorry. I am not someone who trashes the efforts of other but this audio book, in 12 years of being a member of Audible.com, was the worst. I wasted a credit and my time trying to make my way through this book and only got through one third of it.
I should add that I am not a supernatural fan and some blame for my downloading this book must lie with the editor and some with me.
Do I have to google every book I download? I should be able to trust the editor's notes, no?
I'll preface with the statement that I have never read/listened to Neil Gaiman's work before. This was very long, and painful to finish (be advised this is 20 hours long). The storyline never takes off, and the much-anticipated god-war is a short snipet. I dreaded listening to this on the way to and home from work (I need to finish books I start). Long, drawn-out unnecessary details-the space could have been better used for moving the story along. The idea is good, I enjoyed the sprinkling of ancient gods-but the god characters were not described in detail for the most part (and in excessive stories for others). I never connected with the major characters, which probably influenced my distaste for the book. Some love this book, others (like me) do not (look this book up on Amazon, look at the 1-star ratings and I pretty much agree with these reviewers-especially it being boring and drawn out).
Neverwhere is more compact and interesting. Gaiman does an excellent job of creating strange underworlds that coexist with the normal world. In American Gods, I believe he descends into grossness for the sake of grossness, and gratuitous sex for the sake of gratuitous sex. There's also a delight in the darkness that bothers me.
It could have been his best work, but it is marred by these flaws.
It's definitely worth a listen, but I found myself being too embarrassed to listen to some parts of it, thinking, "why am I wallowing in this?"
No spoilers here, and the book is well worth getting, but be prepared for a ridiculous tacked-on ending. The book gives some great stories about spiritual beliefs from different cultures, and Gaiman's gods embody them nicely. Guidall's narration is also engaging - I especially like his Russian accent. The characters are memorable and credible within the story, and it is an audible page-turner. But the ending does not do justice to the magnificent story that leads up to it.