This is a classic slow boil novel. The voice actors are excellent. The story is good. You will feel for Shadow and root for him to succeed against such terrible odds. Listen and enjoy.
A story that I may have to revisit in print form, now that I have listened. . A little slow to grab me, and so many pieces introduced along the way that only fit in later. Magical.
This is the most true experience of listening to a book I ever had! To start , I'm a Gailman's and I,absolutely, love his comments and dialogs with the reader about how his writing process worked for the book. The plot is great, this Gailman's twist he gives to everything he writes about is so unique. I would describe the experience of listening this book to the one of tasting a wine that everyone swears about its greatness but you can only understand once you tasted it! GREAT,GREAT,GREAT!!!
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I know the title is a cop out, but I am just not sure what to say.
If you love mythology, legends, magic, religion ... you will probably like this book. However, the story is complex and nebulous, and lots of things are unresolved. Is it real? Did it happen? Was it a mirage? Who was speaking? Etc.
The way Gaiman used folk characters we know (Anansi, the trickster spider, is Aunt Nancy at one point in the book) was very clever. But the main story (a battle between old and new gods) was not particularly interesting. As Shadow and Wednesday (main characters) took their road trip towards this battle, lots of interesting things occurred. And that is the whole book.
Yes, Shadow wrestles with his soul, the meaning of life and death, the meaning of being American, it was just not engaging enough for me.
Yes, it was a very complex story that kept me engaged from start to finish.
The world in which humans and gods coexist, with old gods dying off while new gods a born. It really says something about our society and what we "worship."
All were great.
I just found myself thinking about it long after I hit pause.
I had only read Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book," which I though was more YA fiction, so I did not know what to expect with this book. I was not disappointed and have now added several other works of his to my Wish List.
I spent years getting around to reading this book and now that it's done, it's like a lover I wish I'd known sooner, and now our time is done. Gaiman promises Shadow will have another story. I hope that will be so.
How in the world did I ever mow the lawn before audible?
I could write a novella describing why you should buy this book, but I won't.
Get it, and pay attention. You won't want to miss a word.
Great narration, great story. It's a unique tale that you'll struggle to explain to your friends, but you'll feel obligated to, because they won't see you until you've finished it.
This book didn't come anywhere close to never where, stardust, graveyard book, or ocean at the end of the lane.