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.
The best part of the audiobook was the performance of the cast. I enjoy single author readings as well, but the full cast in this story brought a real feeling to the story.
My least favorite was that the story was a little hokey. It is not bad, and many parts (the coming to America sections read by the Author) were quite enjoyable. Overall I would recommend the book to anyone that likes any of the numerous genres that the book reaches into.
The story was fine and I think the other reviews cover well what people like about the book.
I have not, but the performances in this book are fantastic.
It inspired me to try anouther full cast production book.
American Gods is somewhat of a legendary book and its easy to see why. It's an epic tale of a man who ends up in the middle of a war between old Gods (ie the Norse Gods and the Indian Gods) and the New Gods ( ie the Gods of techology and television). I have seen quite a few authors list Neil Gaiman as an influence..If you read Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne its easy to imagine them as fans of this book.
The main character is really likable and I became attached to many of the complementary characters. The story is good and thought provoking. It meanders a little in some places, but this is the unabridged version. The performance is top-notch.
This is a good book and I think most people will enjoy it.
Not everyone is a fan of Gaiman. I know after I read Stardust I would have put myself in the “Gaiman is overhyped” category. I just wasn’t a huge fan; it seemed jumbled and awkward. However, in 2012 I kept seeing Anansi Boys and American Gods pop up on recommendation lists. I decided to give Anansi Boys a try since it was shorter. That’s when I discovered that Gaiman is one of those authors I need to hear to appreciate. To me, Gaiman is a storyteller. Maybe some people would say that all authors are storytellers by definition, but to me one does not equate to the other. I feel like this review could get derailed by a philosophical discussion on storytelling vs. writing, so suffice it to say this will be some kind of Writer Wednesday post in the near future.
Anyway, American Gods. I thought it was really enjoyable. The full cast audio version really added value – at 20 hours, one narrator might be a little tedious for listening (for me at least). Having the variety made it a more dynamic listening experience, and it was easier to follow different strands and stay engaged. I’ve read a couple of reviews on Goodreads that voice some concerns about buying into the “stakes” of the plot or feeling a connection to the protagonist. I didn’t experience this while listening. In fact, I occasionally found myself feeling earnest for the next major development or a new character to emerge. I just kept wanting to be immersed in this world.
The author’s preface really sets the tone for some of the origin narratives throughout the novel. Gaiman notes that he set out to tell different kinds of stories, one of which was a “coming to America” thread. Frankly, these were some of my favorite parts of the book – how different groups (and thus, different gods) came to America ties in quite nicely with some Gaiman’s interwoven mythology.
The Bottom Line:
American Gods is a bold fictional exploration of mythology in America and what binds us.
i like to read. i like to listen.
YES! I read this book years ago, and didn't enjoy it NEARLY as much as I did when i listened to it just now. It changed my whole thoughts on the book -- made it so much better. This full cast recording was just perfect to help get through a somewhat difficult read like this one!
The magic. I liked the parts where Shadow was visited by his wife. I thought the interactions between Shadow and Wednesday were great. All of the parts where the gods interacted with Shadow were great. The ending was great.
Yeh, I liked the whole story best.
I liked Shadow. I fell in love with him through the narrator. Honestly.
I love Neil Gaiman...truly...and I think he knows how to write great characters. Everyone we meet in this story, from Shadow (whom I am in love with like my mom loves Mr. Darcy) to Wednesday to Mr. Nancy to Sam Black Crow, are great characters. I love the dialogue...it's realistic, but not boring. The magic in the story is, of course, perfect. I like gods. I like the idea of them, and I love the idea of them living among us...holding on with every last bit they can to stay alive in the minds of humans, so that they don't disappear. In the hands of Gaiman, the gods become so poignant and powerful...they become real...and isn't that what they wanted all along?
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