A wonderful story that combines the best of all genres, and keeps the reader on their toes, while satisfying the need to learn more about each and every character.
The amount of research and knowledge about the gods made the story more enveloping. The story is well thought out, and kept me guessing the whole time.
Anansi. He isn't a major character, but every time he showed up, I wanted to hear more from him.Obviously Shadow is an amazing character, and it's hard to decide between the two.
The ending. I don't want to spoil anything, but I thought that the story pulled together, and really impacted me in its closure.
Each of the reader's voices are distinctive enough that I could distinguish one from another easily and not get bored or lose the plotting. I would think that sound effects and light symphony music would make it better, but why take the unnecessary chance. This is the audiobook that all other full cast productions will be judged by!
I loved the concept, but I don't feel like it was pulled off as well as it could have been. Things felt far too meandering to me.
Yes, I've read at least one other of his books, and I'm familiar with the story of another. He's always worth a shot. This was just a miss for me.
I don't think so. I was glad when it was over.
The basic framework of the novel is pretty trite: america is constituted as a war between the old gods (those that came over with immigrant populations) and the new gods (tv, new media, etc). But there are so many fascinating digressions and character histories within this basic plot line that i ended up liking the book a fair amount. But a classic? not to me.
This could best be described as a cult classic with very modern themes. The plot is very intriguing but a little confusing - I had to discuss it with some sci-fi fan friends before I began to make sense of it. It is about how modern technology and mass media have tried to supplant the old religions. It feels like one of those books I could read multiple times and get something different out of it each time.
The protagonist, Shadow, was my favorite because he seemed to be as confused as me. The voice actor made him easy to like.
It was important to have several voices in such a complex plot. It helped keep the personalities separate and distinct.
It is more of a thinking book rather than a sentimental book. Nevertheless, the protagonist was emotionally complex and the scenes with his dead wife were touching and heartfelt.
This book defies genres. It takes place in a surrealistic present and would appeal to sci-fi fans but is not actually science fiction. It is worth a little effort to get used the writing style.
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author is Stephen King! Favorite book is Hyperion! (READ/LISTEN to it!)
Just as my review headline states, this books seemed to be more of a rambling road trip than any profound statement on how gods exist in our minds and our belief. Many times during the book I simply zoned out and had no idea where the story had gone or even what the current narrative was - probably similar to zoning out while traveling in a car over longs distances and not paying much attention to the what is around you - a road trip. The plot would have benefited greatly from more cohesion and a main story thread to keep the listener interested. While the narrators were quite talented, the story simply didn't provide me with much to care about.
I'm surprised at how high this book is rated. It makes me wonder if the 12000 words the author added into this edition would have been better left out.
It is a really interesting look at how the western/eastern gods reacted to being brought to the new world. I was not really put off by the irreverant nature of the book(Though it was thick I pretty much knew what I was in for by reading the title), but I was really discusted by how any sexual conduct in the book is twisted and cheapened. I think it the artist thinks he is being artistic by showing it this way, but it is not art, it is just sad.
The narrators do a really good job. I really like the Voice of Odin
The scene at the grave.
No, could have spent the time more productively by, say, cutting my toenails or taking my dog for a walk.
Would have cut out about 50 characters.
Yes, to never read another Neil G book .
Egad, I should get a medal just for persevering through to the end of this mess There's 19 hrs and one credit I'll never have back again
This book was everything I thought it wouldn't be. I was nervous that it would be another book about some kind of political landscape, an overview of things that I didn't really care about...I love Neil Gaiman and am an avid reader of his other books, but I can't explain it-I just thought this book would disappoint. I was absolutely and entirely wrong. I was pleasantly surprised by Shadow's journey leading to Reykjavik...I am fairly certain we ate at the same cafe, drinking the same coca cola and enjoyed the same smoked puffin. Shadow felt like a person I'd likely met at some point-very briefly- on a vacation in New York or a road trip through Redding...he was a familiar part of my scenery. I feel that this is the feeling Gaiman wants the reader to walk away with, and he achieves it. It is expertly written and Gaiman's creativity and imaginative mind shine throughout the pages of this book; Trust me, you will love this book!
This was my very first audiobook, so it set the bar pretty high for me. I enjoyed the full cast production, and the voices were great. It'd say it's my 2nd favorite thus far ONLY because of the story line.
I have not, this was my first Gaiman novel outside of the Sandman comics, and my first Audible.
Hands down the trip to House on the Rock, mostly because I was dragged there as a child and the descriptions were so vivid and perfect. It was as if I was revisiting it. My other favorite was the visit with Ostara, something about her sad beauty really got to me.
The meeting with Ostara, and unveiling that she was "forgotten", as a pagan, I knew of the history and her story prior to reading the book, and it touched me through her sadness. Also the unveiling of (SPOILER HERE) - Odin being Shadow's father. I think part of me knew all along that it was coming, but the reveal was still moving.