So glad I revisited this book via audio edition! Good story with intrigue, humor and an inherent invitation to investigate story elements independently.
While I appreciate the author's introduction, I would have preferred he didn't take a turn narrating a few chapters.
On the other hand, Daniel Oreskes' performance is terrific. His voice really drew me in to the main character and his journey. I think now I want him to read all my books to me.
yes -- although there are a few spots where the voice-actors are obviously doubling (enough tripling) characters, the overall performance is very very good. I especially enjoyed Gaiman reading the Coming to America chapters himself, and Dennis Boutsikaris is one of the best narrators I've ever heard.
They truly bring the book to life -- particularly the voice-over artists who portray Shadow and Mr Wednesday.
No due to his nonsensical way of writing As far as the narrators go I feel they did a good job.
the whole book is basically a build up to the last grand battle which is ultimately a disappointment.
slow from beginning to end
I felt mini stories in between chapters are more of an annoyance then in insightful view into the gods.
Hearing a full cast perform this book was such an experiance. I wish they were all like this. Neil Gaiman is truly a great author. I would listen to this one again.
The cast was great. I enjoyed the different voices. Also the folklore and other stories that were not part of the main narrative were mostly a lot of fun.
Something with a plot
I would never have gotten through this book on paper. it had no plot, no suspense, no reason to keep reading. The narration was the most fun part.
Neil Gaiman is the most self indulgent writer I have ever read. He is a master of description and wonderful at inventing characters and settings but has no interest in plotting. The only reason I kept listening to this was the narration,which is terrific, and the fact that I could pick it up anytime and it wouldn't matter if I remembered what happened. It's so episodic you never lose track. When I listen to something suspenseful it's hard to stop listening. This book was easy to turn off.
No doing it.
Performance is only as good as the bad writing.
Disgust that I was dumb enough to buy this lemon.
Save other people by removing it from your shelve Audible.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
I didn't read the print version until after listening to the Audible version but yes, the narration is that good. I consider the audio version superior.
I tried to explain it in my Headline but most likely failed. This book can not be compared to another and whatever your resulting expectation when hearing a comparison you will be surprised. Since I first started listening to Audible books this past year this book is by far the best of them. Easily.
Personality. Not all of the characters but many do have their personalities come out in the narration. The narrators also did a remarkable job with getting the main character to accept the job at the beginning of the book. I'm trying hard to avoid Spoilers here so please bear with me but in print, the "job interview" so to speak is well done but when the Narrators perform the different parts the characters come alive and it brings a reality to this particular fantasy that would be difficult to duplicate by any other means.
I didn't cry although there were a few scenes that did touch me deeply however more than a few scenes made me laugh out lout and because I listened to so much of this with ear-buds out in public...well, le me just say that a few times people looked at me like I was a madman laughing out loud at my plan to destroy the world!
I will end in saying that I honestly and sincerely recommend this book. It was such a surprising and thoroughly enjoyable book that I wish the entire world would read it at some point in their lives.
While it is not appropriate for pre-teens or younger children I think because of some adult topics covered in a couple of places, I think everyone else would really enjoy this book.
Well, since nobody else clued me in, I'll try to help the next sucker who falls for these rave reviews. Look, I grew up on Marvel comics and Heinlein and Tolkien but this book is stupid. I couldn't get through more than the first three hours. At that point I realized that rather than some insightful look at America, we're going to discuss mythical characters as if they still exist. . .but are fading away to nothingness like Tinkerbelle. Clap if you love fairies! Or leprechauns, or whatever.
In those first three hours I had to sit through long, dull mini-sagas of how some ancient European god got to America. No dialogue, just the reader reading out the story on and on and on. Dull, and poor story-telling.
I thought Shadow was a pretty intriguing character, but everyone else--the mythical gods--are annoying and irritating and unbelievable. Couldn't sit through any more. I will say, though, that I loved the readers. Switching between readers was seamless, and it's wonderful to hear a woman's voice doing a woman's voice instead of a man trying to speak in a falsetto. Kudos to the cast, and I hope more books will be done this way.
It's a really engaging story that is well-written and entertaining.
The gods are very cleverly rendered, and the dialog is quite well done. It's an engaging adventure and the murder mystery is intriguing.
The narrator (particularly the one who played the narrator in the story) was pretty bad. He sounded like he was reading rather than acting, and it detracted from my enjoyment of the story.
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.