I was definitely not about to waste credits on this book -- a main character named "Shadow"? Can it get any more terrible community college creative writing class?
When going on a road trip, my friend lent me the original version. It takes about 20 minutes to pick up, but then, BOOM, you will be riveted. If you liked mythology as a kid, if you like a mystery and a little whimsy, you'll enjoy it.
I listened to the 10th anniversary version while on tour of the plains states and I really loved having all of the actors to voice different characters. Turned it into almost a movie-like experience.
I highly recommend this book, listen before HBO series comes out!
It's definitely in my top 10 audio books so far.
American Gods made me feel like I only got a glimpse of a moment of some crazy stuff. Felt trippy, like a hallucination, and oddly soothing at the same time. Shadow, the main character, felt like someone I know and hope to bump into in the future. Shadow if he was real would be someone you'd want around when you're feeling overwhelmed or anxious. His presence would cover you with a thick blanket of reassurance that things aren't all that bad. Maybe that things will be... not better, but almost like things could be worse than in this moment and a numbness takes you over. Written so well, for me anyway, that his stoic demeanor and his perception of the moment rubs off a bit.
Audiobook Narrator of Hurricane Song, produced by Brilliance Audio.
Yes, the outstanding performance of full cast, the epic journey of Shadow, the unique characters, the historical inserts.
Shadow because he shows so many redemptive qualities and comes full circle!!!
Ron McLarty was one of my favorite narrators, before he started doing all the David Baldacci stuff and I like some of Richard Ferrone's stuff. Ron McLarty as Wednesday (Oden) and Richard Ferrrone as Mr. World (Loki) are phenomenal, they're portrayal of the characters give the book an expansive depth.
It touched me deeply especially the undying love Shadow had for his wife.
The full cast production format was great, especially given the number of characters. I wish more audiobooks used this format, because it makes for a very rich listening experience.
I read the first edition back in 2003 (and still have it on the shelf with my most treasured books) and have been a HUGE Gaiman fan ever since. I have read AND listened to Neverwhere, Good Omens, and Stardust (didn't care for the movie), and this is the only listening experience that has more enjoyable than actually the voices in my head. It actually makes me look forward to leaving for work each morning!
The bar when shadow is arrested. His time on the tree.
Anansi. Wednesday. Shadow.
I couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen.
I listened to the 10th Anniversary Edition which probably I should've listened to the original instead based on some of the other reviews. This audiobook was confusing with too many tangents. There were some parts that were really good and others that were extremely boring and could've been left out. I loved the concept of the story but didn't play out as I expected. I just did not fall in love with this book and wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, or at least the audiobook 10th anniversary edition. I'm disappointed as this was my first Neil Gaiman book, I probably should've started with a different one.
I just downloaded Stardust, I've heard that's more a straightforward "read".
Whoever spoke as Shadow had no reflection.
this is one of the best books i have read in a long time! it is WELL worth the time and an amazing story! What god do you give power to?????
On the road quite a bit either solo or with kids in the car. Love finding entertainment for that broad range.
Yes. The points where American Gods disappointed, Gaiman's collection of short stories called M is for Magic makes up for.
I quit trying to guess where the story was heading at "the farmhouse". Not because it was difficult or bad, but because it took a backseat to the hear&now of the storytelling. Then I was surprised.
The author's own foreword inspired me to read the book. It may have been one of the best parts of the book.
The strong language and sexual content has caused more than one person I know to quit the book.
Fantastic story, great writing and the "Full Cast Production" was awesome, added immensely to the storytelling. Can't wait to see what Shadow does next.