Have a Boomerang Millenial Daughter. We like her, she likes us so, nice to have her back. Both my Husband and I are Proud USN Veterans.
My husband and daughter have been Gaiman fans a very long time. When I was younger, I read Tolkien, Azamov, Heinlein, Verne but as an adult I gravitated towards non-fiction, fiction and away from sci-FI/fantasy, even though I recently listened to The Hobbit (read it about 20 times) , I'm so happy that I started with American Gods, in particular, the 10th anniversary edition.
I've listened to hundreds of audible books and have never listened to a full cast production and as others have said I too was apprehensive but no more.
This was a wonderful introduction to a full cast format as well as a re-introduction to sci-FI/fantasy.
Listen and you too will enjoy.
I loved this book. it was a fun read and all the ways the gods are addressed keeps you wrapped up in the story. I want to read it again cause I feel like I missed a lot. Not because it is done badly but because in hindsight their are so many details I wish I had paid more attention to.
The book starts off with an event that made me feel really sad. I'm not going to say what it was but it made me depressed for the main character, but I didn't have time to process these emotions before the main character gets pulled into a coming war by a one-eyed old man. The rest is just more drama and adventure.
What a great listen! The ensemble cast was great: made for such a neat listening experience. In terms of the story, this is my first Neil Gaiman novel. It had intrigued me when it came out, but the description was just mysterious enough to keep me at bay: I didn't want to take a chance. I'm so glad I found it in Audible. I loved the the look at myths and their meaning from the "old world" to the "new world". It didn't take long for me to be rooting for Shadow. Like Shadow, I found myself missing Wednesday at the end too, despite what he had done. I totally recommend this anyone into fantasy/sci-fo.
Road trips, ex-cons, death of a wife, cheating spouses, immigrants, melting pot of races, salad bowl of cultures, moral quandaries, loyalty to employers/friends/family, ice fishing, war, Native Americans, cars, generational culture wars, and clashing religions, all this wrapped up in a story written by a white male English ex-pat, about a hopeless man who just keeps on keeping on because he doesn't know what else to do. If this isn't the Great American Novel, I don't know what is.
Author & Reviewer Janice G. Ross
I thoroughly enjoyed American Gods for so many reasons. The narrative, the performances, the storyline and indirect references to society. This is truly how such a fantastic story should be performed. Moreover, I loved the author's inclusion in the work.
The narration was superb. I felt like I was part of the story - every character was perfectly cast and narrated.
I would compare the performance to that of The Help. I am a big fan of Ensemble casts, and I enjoy listening to books as if they are a stage production.
I enjoyed the entire scene in the House on the Rock. Pure fantasy!
I think Starz is making a series of American Gods, but I might call it American Gods: Age before Beauty.
After a gripping intro it then takes a little bit getting into but then it really starts to deliver and get better and better to a very strange and satisfying climax. I particularly like the attention the author gives to tying up loose ends after the climax and really brings the full story to a close. Great for anyone looking for a unique and unusual story