Looking forward to Anansi Boys. American Gods is a tale within a story within a novel. A myth within a ballad within an epic. It may take some readers a bit of time to see the whole among the parts. A life long fascination with mysteries, myths, and legends of the world did make a bit of the plot seem telegraphed for me, but it was still a very well crafted book.
A great book but I wasn't fond of the main narrator. He's got a nice deep voice, but it's better suited to reading the news. His voice was not
engaging or unique, and his reading style was boarder line robotic. I would have preferred if Neil Gaiman had done the narration.
One of my favorite books of all-time, and an excellent podcast recording. Highly recommend it to anyone who can take religion with a grain of salt
A fantastic story for an audience that is willing to think a little bit, brought to life by a terrific full-cast.
The full cast really makes this story come to life.
Would recommend this to anyone. Couldn't stop listening because it was so well done.
This is the best audio book I have listened to, because of the full cast. There's no way a single person could have done it so well. It's a great story told so well.
Business software developer by day and superhero, space pirate and fae by night.
Even better than the first time I read it in print a decade ago. It's the Stand meets Sandman.
When you take the mythologies of all of the cultures thrown into this melting pot known as American and you leave them to their own devices what happens? What happens to the gods of old when the people who brought them to this country stop believing in them? That is the question before our protagonist. I have traveled America with Shadow on his adventures with the gods and I have left with a feeling of purpose. What a fantastic story. It has been circling around my radar for quite a few years now, but I dismissed it. I have recently been on a bit of a Neil Gaiman kick, however, and it felt as though the timing was just right for such an adventure. This story mixes the heart of mythology with the every changing nature of technology. It is a well crafted story that leaves you guessing quite a bit and though it is very long and seems to take meandering paths at times nothing left me feel as though it was not needed. I am very glad I've read this!
I recommend it to fans of Gaiman--who have probably already read it and are wondering why I took so long to get on board! To anyone with a love (or an interest) in mythology and particularly its impact on American culture.