What a bunch of drivel. I had a feeling I might not like this, and I should have listened to that feeling. I wish books came with labels saying "Discovery Written" or "Outline Written". Because these discovery writers tend to go on and on and ON, and they invariably fall in love with what they've written and don't want to cut anything out. What is the great appeal of this book? It is far too long (and they put in another 12k words for the 10th Anniversary Edition!), has way too much language and graphic sex, and is completely, utterly boring. I listened to it at max speed, but I still could not get through this fast enough.
I am a big Neil Gaiman fan, so to find American Gods out in a full cast production was irresistible. But I found the narration a bit disappointing. It was, at times, hard to follow the chapters. The characters came and went so quickly it was hard to form any connection. And although the actors were clearly talented, I had a sense that a single reader could have been more effective.
Altogether an interesting story. Not the best narration, but not the worst either.
There are so many characters and so many different accents and personas that I found it easier and more enjoyable to listen than to read (I have both audio and paper versions of the book, so I tried both). Love this book.
Sam, the young woman
I don't really re-listen to audiobooks. But I'd recommend this to anyone.
Shrug. Other things by Gaiman.
It's a full cast recording! So great!
Nope. Super long. Good book. But that would have been... over a day of sitting.
Well, this was a much more creatively entertaining effort than it was an engaging story... a bit less humorous than a Kurt Vonnegut and more obtuse than an older John Irving. It was the narrations by the multiple characters that carried me through some conceptually disjointed transits from Shadow's experiences of real life as it might have been, fantastical journeys of his subconscious, and the editorial tales of historical god mythology. I was alternately "on board" and a passive witness as the story wended its way to the inevitable, if baffling, confrontation with reality. One moment I was captivated by the rich characterizations only to be drawn off into an eddy of meaningless and confusing complexity. The point I'm trying to make is that you'll take away some pleasure from having listened to episodes of well-crafted storytelling, at the cost of feeling a bit taken by a sleight of mind-game.
Say something about yourself!
I thoroughly enjoy this title and will listen to more Gaiman. The full cast production was amazing--full emersion. Well done indeed.
This is a book more suited to readers who care little for cohesion but prefer to imagine that they are themselves unfazed by scary, mind-bending and cryptically unconnected events.
I was hoping that American Gods would deliver a narrative of god versus god or god versus man in a more cinematic sense delivering the range and diversity of the powers and characters of the gods.
Yes, well done although, unfortunately, the narration of the interludes was truly grating with overemphasis of the length of words and sounds.
It appears that I am one of the few that dislikes this story although many say that it needs a second reading to appreciate it fully. I'm not so sure, nothing remarkable is delivered in its conclusion and I can't express more fully how annoying Shadow's acceptance of events, supernatural and mundane, seemed to be. I would not recommend this book.
An avid reader of all kinds of books. I love classic science fiction writers like Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, and Douglas Adams. But I am, in fact, a "leaf on the wind" when it comes down to it.
Adventurous, Creative, Masterful
The story unfolds giving you clues about everything but very rarely give you the information straight. If you are not widely read you will be hooked by the compelling story and the bizarre and exciting story arcs. If you are, there will be the addition of an awe of the truly clever and excellent way characters of legend and myth are described giving key features that, to those who know will be a dead give away as to their identity, while seldom telling you outright.
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
This book is confusing to listen to, it might be better and easier to manage if you read it for yourself...BUT, that said, the cast really did an excellent job of reading and distinguishing characters! By the second part, I was recognizing characters by the voices immediately. The story starts right in to the meat of the book, Shadow is the central character although he takes the long way round to most points. I wanted him to be OK, I wanted more for him, I didn't like how we left him...so I do hope that Mr Gaiman returns to Shadow's story at some future date. I advise you to settle in and snuggle up for this one, you will get lost if you try to do anything other than pay attention...I had to listen to the whole thing at least twice to be sure I heard it all. I did fall asleep a few times, Shadows voice kept putting me under. Made me feel everything would be allright in the end one way or another. This book kinda reminded me of The Stand by Stephen King. I can't pinpoint why, but it does. I love Neil Gaiman's writing and I hope to see more available on Audible. I especially loved the Graveyard Book, if you haven't read it--DO! Entirely different from this one, but still the oddly skewed perspective central to Mr Gaiman. Please enjoy this read, it is worth the time...and there is insight to seeing your world from an outsider's perspective.