Shadow is the ultimate character you never quite understand, but find yourself relating to in a very personal and intimate way. Perhaps it is that we as humans often struggle to find ourselves in seemingly mundane ways compared to his journey while easily reading the drastic similarities between the lines.
A wonderfully selected cast delivers a gorgeous performance that does Mr. Gaiman's masterwork true justice. Neil Gaiman gave the world one hell of a road trip years ago, and it is easy to see why these American Gods still manage to stand tall.
Mostly, perfect casting choices. Every performance, including the amazing narration, was spot on.
I can't think of a reasonable comparison
He set just the right tone for the storytelling, woven between the characters performed by other voice artists.
Not extreme, per se, but a steady, deep appreciation of the author's story.
this was an amazing listen cast was great and story kept me wanting more. all the way to the end. I have never read the first run of the story and can not image how they took anything out of the modern masterpiece.
Despite the somewhat average rating, I actually really enjoyed this book overall. It's really well written, so much so that I'd be very keen to read more from this author. The premise is very unique and despite the title, I didn't actually know what to expect. It's also a very genre mixing type of book which makes it difficult to compare it to anything else I've read. There's a lot of quirky weirdness throughout the book and while most of it is the good kind, there are some scenes where it gets a bit much. I loved that it makes you think and I'm sure it'll annoy many people by the fact that a lot of the answers to questions brought up by the book aren't really answered in a straight forward way.
The writing is really the highlight of the book for me. I can't really explain the beautifully nuanced way in which everything is written since my mere mortal brain can only do so much. Nothing felt spoon fed to me and the experience of figuring things out was very rewarding. The characters were all very unique and although somewhat underdeveloped in most cases, I didn't really notice that until after I finished. There's a lot that happens and while some of the events feel unrelated or unimportant, overall, I didn't really mind. I think the foreword by the author describing the book as "meandering" primed me for it and so it didn't really bother me. That relates to the slow pacing as well, which again, I found I didn't really mind that much.
The only real gripes for me were with the meandering style, which made it hard to feel really engaged with the protagonist and his story. I personally loved the protagonist, but he was definitely hard to relate to. The third act also felt a bit underwhelming due to quite a bit of foreshadowing about a war and a lot of build up work done throughout the book which didn't really pay off. I think my general feeling is that it needed something more exciting or mind blowing to finish things off, which is why it got three instead of four stars in the end.
The handful of historical interludes between some chapters were great and gave some interesting context to the story as a whole. I listened to the full-cast audiobook version of the author's preferred text and it was amazing. The production was superb and the narration was really high quality. I really enjoyed the foreword and extra postscripts at the end that added a lot of context and explanation to the content.
It's a difficult book to recommend to many people due to its weird genre mixing, possibly confusing events and the unexplained questions that it brings up. I think people who are prepared to be patient and enjoy letting things unfold without getting too focused on details will appreciate it by the end. There's a lot to think about and I like that there's room for personal interpretations to quite a few of those questions. It's definitely not a perfect book, but it is worth a read if you enjoy good writing and unique premises.
Brilliant writing brought beautifully to life.
I don't usually love full casts, but this recording blew my mind. I'd wondered how an audiobook version would hold up against the characters I'd held so dearly in my heart for a decade, and the performers quickly captivated me and won my devotion.
I thoroughly enjoyed the subtle differences between this text and the original publication I'd read so long ago,and the author's notes before and after added a richness and value to this experience I couldn't have anticipated. Superb!