I really love some of Gaiman's other works. I wish this one had been more in line with Neverwhere, or The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I found the characters in this story to range from boring to extremely unlikeable, and I didn't really care about the central conflict, or know why I was supposed to.
The story just meandered around so much, with only rare interesting moments. It felt a lot like driving through the midwest come to think of it. I think the best part of this book were the short vignettes that told the stories of forgotten gods, because they were concise and they got to the point in a satisfying amount of time.
The narrators did a great job embodying these characters. The narration was definitely a highlight of this book.
This expanded version drew me in and held me fast the whole time. The voices of Shadow and Wednesday were exactly as I'd imagined when I first read this over a decade and a half ago. Mr. Gaiman's reading of the coming to America stories and all the extras enriched it all the more. I think I'll have another listen.
I read this book about every other year. I enjoy it more every time. This version is particularly rewarding as the voice talent is excellent and the pace is just right - to my ears.
It took me about a chapter to get the feel of it, and get comfortable with the rhythm. Entertaining, and a damn good story. A well written and well performed story.
This one is hard to top. Loved the Graveyard book, but this crushed it. Simply a joy to listen to! I frequently made up reasons to take long drives just to listen.
American Gods is a rich story, diverse in characters and theme. It's a story you'll come back to again and again if you are an avid fantasy reader. Though the story weaves through genre and can be intriguing to all with a world so vast. And particularly with this performance a cast that goes beyond what is usually experienced in an audiobook.
Obviously I loved the full cast narration. I loved the different voices of all the characters. I also loved Shadow and Wednesday's characters. They were a trip.
I liked the mystery, the character depth, the twisted stories, the fantasy of it all and how this world is ever so changing.
I can't even pinpoint a specific moment. They all did such an amazing job. I think the narrator who did Wednesday's voice was by far the best. Sometimes Shadow's narrator seemed too calm
It was hard to follow at fist but just listening, I rented the book from the library and read along as I listened to get a full grasp of the characters and the storyline. It changes from one world to the other and I would miss that sometimes when just listening. There are also a lot of characters and different stories, so reading as I was listening really helped. I would have really missed the out if I just read or listened. I liked doing both, it helped me really get involved in the story. I highly recommend this book!
Don't waste your time, slow and meandering. I kept wondering why I cared about anything that was happening.