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.
Shame on you Audible Editors. I typically enjoy the books on the Audible Editors list of Essentials. However, this one is awful! There are so many interludes and side stories that the listener has difficulty knowing where she is or how she got there at any given time. It seems as if Gaiman wanted to write numerous short stories. Too bad he did not do a better job stringing them together. It did not help that the characters were shallow and underdeveloped.
When listening to this story I was amazed at how much it reminded me of the Talismen by Stephen King. Even the writting style is so very much like King that I went on the internet looking to see if this was by him under an alias. The story line and plot are slow in developing and there could have been a little more action to suit my tast but all in all it was entertaining and held my interest. I will look for other books by this writer mostly because I like very long storys and this particular style of writing.
The book combined gods from various cultures with cosmic questions and a passive hero named Shadow. I had a tough time staying interested in this book even though the narrator did his best to create a visual landscape. He did a fantastic job on the characters and accents but Neil Gaiman may just be too "out there" for me. I kept waiting for it to turn the corner into an exciting story but that turn never came. This requires a lot of illegal substances to understand where you are going since so much of it relies on your respect of mythology and parallel universes. Pass on this.
I purposefully pick long audio books, so sometimes I end up with something completely unexpected. This was one of the rare surprises. It was a gritty tale highlighting the past and present by looking at who/what we worship. The personification of the gods and their warring was so petty and real as to make a very engaging story about belief and sacrifice. It is a long journey, but one that I think many readers will appreciate if not enjoy. Just don't tell your American Lit teacher about it, you might just have to write a paper. It's destined to be a classic.
I found this book to be much similar to The Talisman in style, but it was (to me) a much better story.
The detail is right on (I'm from Wisconsin) and drama in the story is continuous and we don't get let down with any unfinished business at the end.
A very great book that I am sad to say I finished in 2 1/2 days of work. I never wanted it to end.
With excellent writing by Neil Gaiman, and equally excellent narration this is a must listen. Mr. Gaiman's fantastic imagination brings the characters and situations to life in a way that is rarely seen in the literary world. Put on your headphones, close your eyes, and enter the world of this amazing book. You won't regret it!