Science fiction is not my cup of tea, but American Gods has an interesting concept which was well developed, if overly long. I thought the (large) ensemble cast of readers was brilliant. I wish more e-books, especially those with a large cast of characters, had a large cast of voices.
What's going on with Shadow'w speech here at the end??
The performance is wanting for pace, pause, and conviction .. c'mon, give ire a couple more takes please
Best potential missed ...
First off, hats off to the production team of this audiobook. I'm not usually very impressed by productions that contain multiple people voicing characters. There just always seems to be that one individual who's voicing is lousy or whose audio quality doesn't match the others, which always inevitably draws me out of the story. Repeatedly. I did not have this problem here. Special mention to whoever voiced Odin. His voicing was perfect.
Anyhow, as for the actual text, it's an interesting concept, though not entirely original. I wish I was more familiar with some of the gods other than those in the norse and egyptian pantheons. I probably would have appreciated many of the characters more if I had, since it contains such an expansive variety. Odin, in particular, was amazing. He was just the right amount of clever and callous. He just really fit well with the image of Odin held in my head.
Of course, this book is not perfect by any means. I'm not a big Neil Gaiman fan to begin with. (He, along with Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, make up the triumvirate of English authors I just don't get.) American Gods was pretty freaking long and meandered quite a bit. There were some scenes that I just didn't understand the narrative point to, even if I liked them. I'm not sure how well it will hold up on a second listening. Maybe I'll get it the second time around, if I ever pick it up again. That said, it probably still could have been a bit shorter. I don't think I'd ever be able to actually sit down and read American Gods.
All in all, good. But, I'd rather just read Eight days of Luke.
Is it me or some other Phipps family member?
Sat in the parking lot more than once just to see what would happen to shadow. Great for long trips as well!
I read this as a recommendation from a friend. the full cast audio was great, well acted and very immersive.
The story was horrible. Absolutely dull. Follow Shadow on his day to day errands. The ending was also bad. Such a long story to be rewarded with a crap ending.
I do not recommend this to anyone.
I love the concept of this book and was excited to get into it. After finishing American Gods i found myself loving specific moments and scenes but as a whole I just thought it added up to an ok story.
Wow. I can't believe I finished this book. I wanted to stop listening to it so many times but I had paid for it and kept hoping it would get better. It did not. There was nothing interesting about the storyline. There was nothing compelling about the characters. It really was horrible. The main narrator was fine but the voices for many other characters, especially the female voices, were horrible. But that wasn't the problem. It was the content that was poor. I wish I could have these hours back. Thank goodness I was jogging while listening so at least it wasn't a total waste of my life.
It has been a long time since a story captivated me like this. The best part of this version is getting to hear Gaiman's process and thoughts on the book. This is a must buy.