Everything about this book was enjoyable: the story, the characters, full cast, everything.
None. Actually, this was my first audible listen. Saying that, most days I am bummed out when looking for a new book to follow this one. I will be re-listening!
So many memorable favorites and visual scenes.. My favorite was probably Shadows journey on the tree, very symbolic and surreal.
all the time
Very high, although not in my "Top favoorite" simply because it wasn't the type of story I love. But the book is very good and and recording performance is excellent.
By far Shadow was, but I was very intrigued by Chernobog as well. I found myself researching the mytholgy of all the characters from ancient and old civilizations the stories come from.
***SPOILERS*** From a character and cinematic perspective (I envision all the books I "read" from a movie standpoint) the scene following Wednesday's death, and the interaction of all the old gods and the new. And the mythological connotations of how his wake is handled.
NO! The story is far too intense in spots, and very long, but I did find myself listening very intently much longer than I would have under normal circumstances.
Great recording and voice acting, makes the story very cohesive and provides great context. This is a very intense book, much like how Pulp Fiction was upon first viewing. I hope Gaimain follows through and makes a sequel at some point.
American Gods is a fascinating story concept. Neil Gaiman is a very capable writer who has woven an interesting story that draws the reader in. Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end of being that tight. Perhaps it is because the concept of gods of myth and history being real is very hard to rationalize under close scrutiny. Perhaps Gaiman just needed to work harder on the story consistency. It is hard to say.
Regardless, the literary prose was quite fine but the actual plot failed to “suspend my disbelief”. While I found the story entertaining Gaiman took a number of directions I didn’t find particularly edifying while ignoring numerous concepts I would have found much more interesting and relevant.
I think Gaiman attempted to include too many “gods” from too many mythos without developing some basis for their interaction. I fear I may be too analytical in my story analysis. If you are similarly plot critical, though, I think you will find this story way to full of holes to live up to the idea that inspired this book.
What a bunch of drivel. I had a feeling I might not like this, and I should have listened to that feeling. I wish books came with labels saying "Discovery Written" or "Outline Written". Because these discovery writers tend to go on and on and ON, and they invariably fall in love with what they've written and don't want to cut anything out. What is the great appeal of this book? It is far too long (and they put in another 12k words for the 10th Anniversary Edition!), has way too much language and graphic sex, and is completely, utterly boring. I listened to it at max speed, but I still could not get through this fast enough.
I am a big Neil Gaiman fan, so to find American Gods out in a full cast production was irresistible. But I found the narration a bit disappointing. It was, at times, hard to follow the chapters. The characters came and went so quickly it was hard to form any connection. And although the actors were clearly talented, I had a sense that a single reader could have been more effective.
Altogether an interesting story. Not the best narration, but not the worst either.
There are so many characters and so many different accents and personas that I found it easier and more enjoyable to listen than to read (I have both audio and paper versions of the book, so I tried both). Love this book.
Sam, the young woman
I don't really re-listen to audiobooks. But I'd recommend this to anyone.
Shrug. Other things by Gaiman.
It's a full cast recording! So great!
Nope. Super long. Good book. But that would have been... over a day of sitting.
Well, this was a much more creatively entertaining effort than it was an engaging story... a bit less humorous than a Kurt Vonnegut and more obtuse than an older John Irving. It was the narrations by the multiple characters that carried me through some conceptually disjointed transits from Shadow's experiences of real life as it might have been, fantastical journeys of his subconscious, and the editorial tales of historical god mythology. I was alternately "on board" and a passive witness as the story wended its way to the inevitable, if baffling, confrontation with reality. One moment I was captivated by the rich characterizations only to be drawn off into an eddy of meaningless and confusing complexity. The point I'm trying to make is that you'll take away some pleasure from having listened to episodes of well-crafted storytelling, at the cost of feeling a bit taken by a sleight of mind-game.
Listened at the recommendation of several friends. An American mythos that won't disappoint. Very well-read recording. An essential title.
Say something about yourself!
I thoroughly enjoy this title and will listen to more Gaiman. The full cast production was amazing--full emersion. Well done indeed.