I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
A very good ensemble cast narrating this. Very well done. Similar in production quality to Dune, which I still think is the best Audible has done. This book was part horror story, part fantasy, part adult crime noir and part metaphysical treatise on what it means to be an American. This book takes on a lot and delivers. I intend on reading more Gaiman in the coming year, a good writer with big ideas.
Probably when Laura first encounters Shadow after her....well I will let you sort that out...fellow reader.
Shadow is one of the most memorable characters I have encountered in a while.
The overall tone where Shadow accepts his fate and follows through on his mission/job, I thought that was not only interesting but at times moving.
Great book. I was looking for something different. I had wanted this year to explore some fantasy novels but a lot of fantasy is targeted to the young adult crowd. This is decidedly not. This is adult fiction, dealing with adult themes within a fantastic, surreal backdrop. At times it reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut, and at other times of Dan Simmons (Hyperion). I would highly recommend it.
The voice of Wednesday reminds me of Jack Nicholson. It's great.
Some parts of the narration (not by Gaiman) seemed like separate audio files spliced together in the same paragraph or even sentence: the quality of his voice would change unexpectedly and it's jarring.
I love, love, love Neil Gaiman's books and am reading/listening my way through them. I listened to this one and at some times had to stop and backup to understand what was going on. But it all came together in the end. The narration, acting, etc. was great with the exception of Shadow's voice - I thought it was a little too flat. It's a unique story, as all of Gaiman's books are, and I can't wait to read more.
Yes, the different voices reminded me of old radio programming. You could hear the voice and know who the character was before it was revealed. I recommend reading the book as well.
Shadow's vigil to Wednesday including when he goes down into the earth
Nothing is better than the well-written sci-fi story. I'm even trying to write one too. But these days, I have expanded my taste --a bit.
Yes. I plan to read other books by Neil Gaiman.
There were multiple narrators, but the narrator that portrayed the main character, Shadow, had a very dull, mono-toned voice that did not seem to serve the character. All the other voices were good or great.
Not so much inspire, but I'll ready other titles by this writer.
The first then chapters were rather dull, and the story was not advanced in many of the 1st 10 chapter. However, the last fourteen were very good. This is picky. . . . but the breaks were not organized in a very logical way. The chapters themselves were too long.
Nothing but filth. I found no redeeming qualities whatever. I was very disappointed and surprised after listening to and liking The Graveyard Book. I thought I had found another good author and they are very hard to find. I would never trust this author again and will not take a chance on any more of his books. I looked through over 100 reviews and I am stunned that there was not a single mentioned of how trashy this book is. What is this world coming to? What planet to these reviewers come from? Where did morality and decency go?
The voices were perfect for each character and made the story come to life. I also loved hearing Neal Gaiman's voice in his own book as well as the backstory of this edition.
Such an interesting and unique perspective of the different gods and myths throughout history. I did love Anansi Boys better and some of Gaiman's other books, but definitely worth the time to listen to this one.
If you enjoy audio books, then you probably already know that a full cast recording is a great pleasure, and this production is no exception. American Gods is, of course, among Gaiman's great works, engaging and rich with full of emotion, surprises, moments of humor, horror, and provocative ideas.
The cast is phenomenal. Every character glitters with life and nuance and the addition of an intriguing introduction and interludes read by the author are a tasty icing on an already impressive cake.
This production is a fine example of the pinnacle of what an audio book can be. If you love this book, even if you've read this book countless times, you owe it to yourself to hear this recording. The story will live for you in whole new ways.
I liked the idea of this book, and I had heard such great things, but to be honest, I really didn't care for it. There were times I was interested, and times I couldn't care less. All in all, I really don't get the hype about this book.