Sculptor and costumer
I have been largely resistant to reading Gaiman. My first introduction to him was the co-written book "Good Omens." I had seen Coraline and am a fan of Amanda Palmer. I am glad that I did not attempt this book at a younger time in my life. This story resonates deeply with my life and belief systems. American Gods is a brilliant look into our murder of tradition, our apparent disdain for anything beautiful and spiritual (in that we plaster our mystical places with bill boards, food vendors and gift stores filled with crap we do not need to prove that we have visited the place. I have been a vagabond and explorer of our lands and have experienced first hand the depth of the blindness of our society. It is marvelous to find a narrative by someone who is wide awake and seeing the world for what it is. Do yourself a favor and get lost in the wonder that is American Gods.
The attention to detail in this audiobook version is astounding. Having each character voiced by a different person brings the book to greater life than I expected. I completely enjoyed the audiobook version more than the written, and that is saying a lot for a Gaiman novel.
The cast of actors/characters is impeccable.
Answering that question might spoil a few surprises, but Shadow and Wednesday are ideally voiced.
I would listen in one sitting, but the length makes that feat nearly impossible. I did look forward to morning drive time and workouts so I could get back to the story.
Cannot recommended more highly. The best credit I have used on Audible, bar none.
Some feeling that the tale was going somewhere, be it good or bad. Something which would get the listener invested in the characters.
A Feast for Crows
Cannot comment on this
After investing many listening hours, the book proved so boring to me that I never finished it, which is extremely unusual for me.
This book ranks up there with some of my other favorites. Truly awesome story, the full-cast production really made it that much more enjoyable. I've listened to it twice now. Hell of a book!
The original Audible version of "American Gods" was one of my first purchases in my Audible account. I loved the original and it got me addicted to Neil Gaiman. So when I saw the 10th Anniversary full cast production I was very hesitant to buy it since the original was so good. But I'm glad I bought it.
Some reviewers mention that they don't like full cast versions. I'll admit I don't usually get full cast Audible books which is probably strange since in high school and college I often listened to recordings of old classic radio dramatizations. But I decided to give it a try.
It turned out that I enjoyed this version as much as I did the original and the written book. The casting worked for me and I devoured this recording far too quickly.
This book was fantastic. It was engaging all the way through. I fell in love with Shadow in the first chapter and felt connected to him all the way through. This book has a special way of engaging with the listener. In most book( especially long ones) I get bored or I stay tuned because i feel compelled to know how it turns out. This book was engaging in a really different way. I wasn't so concerned about 'how it turns out' but was very evenly and consistency engaged with the story and the characters. I have never experienced a book like that before. I enjoyed every chapter, every minute of it!
The performances were great, especially the main characters. The woman who played shadow's wife was pretty flat and boring but the rest were great.
You must listen
I have listened to the original version of this three times and it never gets old. It is a great story.
was pretty fantastic.
I'm not sure I agree with my friends who say that this is a fantastic, life-changing book. I do agree with Mr. Gaiman that it is a strange, meandering book and I add that it is very relaxing and endearing.
American Gods was a great book before this 10th Anniversary Edition. It's even better now! How can you not enjoy a book that deals with all the gods...from the Norse, the Egyptians, Native American, African and a few you never heard of. Great humor, lively dialog, interesting back story.
Add in the tremendous job that the narrators did, and you have a smash hit audio book. I listened to this book over the weekend, and I wish there was more. Cliche...I laughed, I cried. I sniggered when I was in public places.
I even enjoyed the introduction and the appendix, Neil Gaiman is a fun person to listen to. 5 stars plus.
I really enjoyed the first few hours of the story. I love Shadow and Wednesday. I loved the mysteries, until they started to unfold. I am a fan of Lost, X-Files, zombie movies, vampire movies, and werewolf movies. But somehow I could not suspend disbelief for this story once the mysteries began to reveal and the weirdness accellerated. I have had all the tiger balls and talking birds I can swallow. Quit time, Part I - 5:23:41.
The characters and slow melt of mystery and intrigue captured my interest early on. But when zombies, reverse births, talking birds, and actual Gods began to dominate the story, where all conventional rules of the world are thrown out in favor of strange unpredictable fantasy elements that removed all narrative grounding necessary for me to suspend disbelief, I became frustrated and lost interest.
Performance was great. I really like this narrator. And I really enjoyed the ensemble cast. Great voice work.
Disappointed in the fantasy turn as it unraveled.