First of all, I think this book should be required reading. It is a truly great novel and taps into the Joseph Campbell philosophy of the importance of myth and "the Hero" arguably more than any other novel in print. I almost feel that writing a review of the book itself is a waste of words, because it takes away time away from a more important message: go read this book. If you have, read it again.
So instead, I'll review the "full cast" approach to recording this story.
As far as I can tell, every single character who has dialogue in this book has their own distinct narrator.
Ron McLarty as Mr Wednesday was great.The actors for the Russians, and Mr Nancy really stood out for me.
But Daniel Oreskes as Shadow, the most important character in the book, was mixed.
I think the problem is that he may have performed snippets of the dialogue out of sequence without having a chance to read the surrounding text.
There were amazingly tense scenes that he read as light hearted and cheerful. There were moments of extreme grief where he sounded bored.
There was one fight scene where he was described as drunk and out of breath. The other actor in that scene read his lines as such... inebriated and huffing a little between lines. Mr Oresces lines were read with no such "acting", and I found that distracting.
It's a shame too, because Daniel Oresces is a very experienced actor of stage, big screen, and quite a lot of television. I believe that if he'd been given the time and context to explore this character instead of just reading random lines, he would have been so much better. He's got a deep, resonating voice that reminds me of Vin Diesel... an actor who's most acclaimed work has been his voice over roles.
Anyway, this is a great book and this reading of it has some text that's not included in the other recordings, so it may be your best bet in any case.
I'd read American Gods when it came out 10 years ago, well 15 years ago I guess now, and it was wonderful. This was even better. The characterizations and the full cast treatment and hearing Gaiman read the interstitials was fabulous.
Great book and great narration. Shadow is a really interesting anti-hero in a world of anti-heros. I hope Gaiman explores the possibility of revisiting the restless gods of America at some point in the future.
This was a captivating story but lots of very interesting characters they kept my attention and was easy to listen to I'm gonna miss American gods
The cast brings the book to life but most importantly the writing is plain amazing. You NEED to read this book. It is one of the weirdest, interesting, real stories I have ever read. The characters are the best and each has their own idiosyncrasies and deep back stories. It is a winding tale that ends in an amazing climax.
Shadow's experience in the darkness.
Shadow was great but Tuesday/Anansi were the best.
I most certainly wanted to!
Ugh! Literally nothing happens in this book. They even say near the end FYI this stuff didn't happen. So this is a book about nothing happening to a guy literally nothing and they try to tell you it's all a metaphor for some other BS nothing.
I'm so mad at myself for listening to this whole book. It starts off bad, and just gets worse. Childish writing, deadpan performances from actors who are probably having trouble taking the crap writing seriously.
I can't believe they're gonna make a movie about this stupid book. Save your credits for a book that has a plot, or even a series of events, or just has SOMETHING happen.
JC this was bad.
Facebook brings a lot to the table. several interesting storylines to follow and characters that truly draw you into their experiences. I highly recommend this book, But be sure to listen during times when you can focus on what is going on.