The topic was unexpected and unique to me. Also the performances were very good. It was easy to form a picture of the characters in my mind because the voices really solidified the character descriptions.
Laura's character and Shadow on the tree.
A world almost forgotten
There are parts, many parts, of this book that are brilliant: extremely well told, beautifully written, and interesting; but there was something about this book that felt trite and obvious and made me want it to hurry up and be done with. That being said, I did stick it out until the end, which I don't do if I don't like a book. I don't know if I can recommend it. I hate to be wishy-washy that way, but it was an odd story and I imagine the audience for it is limited. Regardless, the protagonists are likeable, the story well developed and the ending satisfying enough. Must say it was a great jumping off book for The Odyssey, as it leaves your brain full of gods and folklore. Beautifully read.
I enjoy novels with humor.
It's a toss up between the story, which I loved. It was complex but not overly difficult to follow. I also loved the full cast and the voices of the characters.
I really liked Shadow, he's so human and not your typical hero. As he goes through the book, I really wanted things to turn out well for him.
As a full cast production, the narrators make the story come alive. I thought the voices for Shadow and Mr Wednesday were particularly good.
It's a battle between the old gods and the new gods, with Shadow somehow caught inbetween.
I've loved reading since I first learned. However, as a victim of motion sickness Audible is a savior. Getting my fix on the go!
A friend of mine loaned me this book to read months ago and I never got around to it. I was wondering what to do with my credits and remembered it. AMAZING. The story is full of mythology, mystery, and adventure. It is an incredibly well developed story, that I enjoyed every minute of.
The narration in this performance is also worth the credits. Multiple narrators allow for distinct voices allowing you to stay engaged with the book even amid distractions while listening.
I highly recommend American Gods. It is my new favorite.
This audio book is by far the best presentation I have listened to yet! Not only is the story super good, but the different voice actors really brought the story to life.
So.. The book was great. The full cast production made it perfect. I cannot over state that!
Each character was recognizable, when you haven't heard a character in a while in the story, you immediately remembered them. This made the story and all the different characters easy to digest.
I really connected with the main character Shadow.
Best audio production and book of the year for me! ( and I have listened to 18 so far this year )
I am a 25 year old male from a small town in Kansas, who is audible obessed!
An Exciting Ride
I love having the sex of the person in the story, the same as narrators.
Nothing extreme...but I became very invested in the book.
I originally read the book about 5 years ago a d enjoyed it. This production was awesome. Additional text and the full cast of voices made it most enjoyable.
I like the overall storyline. I'm a big fan of Gaiman's writing. I like the characters and all of the "back stories" on the migration of different cultures to America.
Folks, for audiobooks it's not just about the writer, it's also about the narrator...
I was apprehensive in purchasing this audiobook since I wasn't sure if I would like a Full Cast Production. To date, I have listed to several books, all either narrated by one or in one case two narrators. Was I glad I downloaded this version of "American Gods." The main narrator, Dennis Boutsikaris, is absolutely amazing. He has great voice inflection at just the right time and simply made the story better than it would have been if I had read it myself. That much I am sure. The other narrators were excellent as well - and even my favorite, Oliver Wyman - has a credit to boot!
As far as the story is concerned, it is a mystery, sci-fi, crime novel all rolled into one. And although I think Gaiman does a decent job of tying it all together, looking back it seems just a little disjointed. Nonetheless, it was a incredible attempt of pulling disparate stories and ideas together in one monumental book. "American Gods," I can see why some people hated it and others loved it. I'm certainly in the love it category.
Lifelong voracious reader/listener. British humor: Austen, EF Benson, Wodehouse, Gaiman, Holt, Pratchett. Courtroom crime and chick lit.
This wasn't just a book, it was a week-long experience. The full cast turned an already fantastic novel into a fantastic production. I usually think writers prefer the written page, but I actually think audio is a better medium for this work, and I think Gaiman might agree.
Not only was 'American Gods' the first Neil Gaiman book I've listened to, but this is my first review. This is the book that finally motivated me to write a review.
Quite honestly, the overall plot/premise of this book is not one that would generally appeal to me. I am more a fan of (space-based) sci-fi, than fantasy (the genre I think this story most arguably falls into). However, there is no denying that Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller. For my next book, I will seek a different author to change things up, but I already have other Gaiman books in my wish list and plan to return to the world of his imagination soon.
As to 'American Gods,' well there is very little negative I can say about it. The story was interesting and unique, but as I stated above not normally one that would compel me to pick up a book. However, I wanted to explore Gaiman beyond the silver screen versions of his books and for whatever reason I settled on 'American Gods.' I am glad I did.
Gaiman has a fantastic way with prose that draws you into the story. You are not just reading a story, but rather you can actually see the characters, their gestures, and subtle nuances that make them human (or in this case, Gods with very human foibles). So while the plot (for me) was only mildly compelling, I must admit to being completely drawn into the story and vivid characters along the way. For that, I would very much recommend this book.
Of course, due credit must be given to the production value. The 10th Anniversary Edition of this novel was performed by a full cast, and no doubt that added to the enjoyment factor and richness of the characters.Gaiman himself takes a turn at reading certain sections of the book which fall outside of the primary story arc, and it very much works.
If I have any criticism at all, it might be that certain portions of the book seemed unnecessary or too drawn out. Ironically those may be the very same portions of the book that were added back in for the 10th Anniversary Edition. As a foreword to the book, Gaiman explains that the original release of the novel was shortened at the request of his publisher, and that much of that extra text was added back in for the anniversary re-release. So I suspect that perhaps much of those sections I felt unnecessary may have been the same sections cut for the original release. I should like to perhaps read the original someday to see how it compares. Still, I am glad to have heard the novel in the way the author originally intended, and I would still recommend this version.
All in all, if you are looking for good old-fashioned storytelling brought to life by a great cast of voice actors, you would be hard pressed to find a better example.