I started this book with a single preconception , that it must have some merits if they re-released it. it is good to be right sometimes! I liked everything about this book. I had deep reservations about an all cast book, worrying it might be like a radio play. it is fantastic. The readers really brought their characters to life. I will never, ever be able to hear the word 'puppy' again without thinking of Laura.
I loved the words. I found this book smart, witty and well put together. A great piece of entertainment. Thank you Neil Gaiman and cast..
The cast performance is exceptional. The plot, the characters, and the creative reinvention of myth into contemporary culture pull you in and don't let go. The originality of the story is worth the listen alone. Take the time to enjoy this modern classic.
have not read the print version
Negative. The story is character driven and does not add to American lore. The plot and action are a bit generic and I would not want to invest the time again.
Excellent. The narrators made the story.
Confused disbelief and misdirection.
I am always amused when outsiders tell stories about America. What they tend to miss is that America is like all other countries in that it has developed a unique culture from various migrations. In order to know America, one must be birthed in her, gasping for that first breath when pushing out from between her legs.
As a story of a different realm were gods exist, it is thrilling and wonderful. As a narrative about what drives America and the immigrant experience it is thought-provoking.
I guess I liked the premise behind the book but that's where my liking the book ended. This book was a complete schizophrenic wreck. The book is like lots of mini books in one, none are connectable. None seem to have anything to do with anything. It's like the author couldn't make up his mind & ultimately decided to pretend there was some deep mystical meaning behind this madness.
I had to force myself to listen to this book - hoping after all the hype, prologues, epilogues, appendix' & forwards it's be worthy my while. It wasn't. So I will think twice before I attempt to read or listen to another Gaiman book.
The narrators were very good - albeit the women all sounded the same regardless of the woman's age, very annoying.
It inspired me to return this book. I purchased it in June, I just hope it's not too late.
I greatly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The full cast was captivating and helped me identify more with the tone and inflection of the authors words, but without the "he said she said" clutter. Neil Gaiman did an excellent job of taking a majority of humanity's hundreds of mythologies and weaving them into his own mythos.
I gave it 5 stars for those reasons and others you'll find throughout the book.
This book is well-written and excellently performed, but just not entertaining for us mere mortals. I want to like or hate the characters more and to care more about the outcome. The ancient history of myths was just irritating.