Anyone who loves a great American novel needs to read this. I'd just finished Let the Great World Spin, and I was doubtful that anything could adequately follow its gritty beauty. This surpassed. I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys strong prose, a touch of fantasy and a down low look at the underbelly of our great nation.
I should have paid attention to the numerous bad reviews for this book. It was on sale and listed as one of the best books of the year so I gave it a try. Regretfully.
It is nonsensical and rambling with little if any plot. If I was reading it I would have been skimming pages and whole chapters. There are numerous dream sequences which make no sense and add nothing to the slim story. There are whole chapters involving stories about "gods"coming to america which do not relate to the main story and usually involve a graphic and disturbingly unnecessary sex act. The rest is just plain boring. Nothing much happens. Endless descriptions of boring places in dreary small towns.
I am very dissappointed because a lot of people seem to really like this author and I had high hopes for this book. It was terrible.
I wanted so much more. Why were the reviews so good. I could not listen to this book totally. I kept zoneing out. Big waist of a credit.
The narrator really brought the characters to life for me
The many gods an plot twists. Along with a perfectly wrapped ending
Was able to tell each. Character just by the personality of the read
The hanging tree and shadows speech at the last battle
An all around great book and reader
While American Gods may take long detours and explore things that are not entirely necessary to the main story, it all builds up a world which I cannot get enough of. The cast of this audio book was amazing as well, and they really drew me into the story. My wife disliked the full cast production, so if you aren't a fan of that style go for the regular one voice style.
Shadow and the tree.
The narrators brought a sense of immediacy and realness that I never got reading the book. They really brought the characters to life in my mind.
What happens to the Gods we throw away? America, Landfill of the Gods.
The voice acting and narration was nearly perfect. All of the accents and dialects were flawless and the acting was superb. The actor playing Shadow fell flat...maybe even flatter that Gaiman intended him to be, but still very enjoyable.
This was just a series of deus ex machina after deus ex machina. It was an interesting premise and and interesting look at mythology and religion, but nothing in the story had any significant consequence. The characters were neither likable or worthy of hate. Neil took an interesting premise and turned it into an entire world and it just fell flat and failed to inspire any emotion. It was beautifully written, but the story was just generic and aimless. By the time readers learned what was at stake, it was irrelevant.
The narrator was flawless. His tones and inflections were subtle enough to suggest any narrative that one might miss in reading, but never so blatant that they felt forceful.
I would see this movie, but reluctantly. Not so much because I want to see this story in live action, but because I'd be curious to see how it could be converted from a novel to a motion picture. Much of the novel was written in a way that only resembles the way we dream...I'm not so sure that a movie could capture that.
Brilliant voice acting, but the story was an overall letdown that seemed, at times, to pander to fans of Gaiman's previous works. I enjoyed it overall, but only thanks to the amazing performances of the voice actors. If you've read the book years ago and want to revisit it, then this is for you. Otherwise, proceed cautiously. .
Yes, there was so much in this book that I know I missed a great deal.
I liked how the author showed you how no matter what God you believe in you are right.
I got through a few chapters and its the worst writing ive seen... and, boring as hell. I hope to return it for another book because this is just too brutal to even try to listen too. Whyyyyyy was it given such a high rating??? im shocked!~
What a unique creation. The scale is breathtaking. A Jungian adventure. A gift from the Britt's to US. Thank you Neil for this Mythic tale of God's, Mortal's, and Roadside attractions.
And thank you to the cast and crew for giving this production the attention and care it deserved.
I wasn't sure what to think about this book. The voices of the various characters didn't match my mental image of them and so, became somewhat distracting. In the end, the story just didn't hold my attention so I didn't finish it.