Yes I would because it's very creative including many mythologies such as Norse and Egyptian deities then creating some for the modern age. It was clever thought a bit muddled at times. I liked the short stories interspersed.
My favorite character was Shadow because he was stubborn and righteous, he messed up a few times but he always tried to make amends!
It provides a very realistic feel to a super magical book. Especially with the stories from other regions.
I would love to watch this film, I think it's in the works!
The tagline would be "forgotten and domesticated, these gods had nothing left to do but to wage war."
It gets confusing listening because one of the twists/revelations is pretty obvious to a listener but a reader may not get it right away. Plus there are tons of names, it was a bit puzzling.
Gaiman is an amazing storyteller! The shortest answer would be what didn't I like about it, which was nothing!
The full cast reading was a revelation! I cannot imagine hearing it any other way. In fact it's likely spoiled me for other productions.
OMG, yes! I couldn't wait to get back to it. I listened to it at ever chance I could.
Look, I'm not going to give you a full-blown character study here. But if you're wondering if this audio book is worth your time and hard earned money, I'd say without hesitation YES! If you want storytelling at its finest, Gaiman is your man.
Enjoyable but long
I don't think one sitting would've been doable for me. It was more effective when I listened to some each day.
Gaiman is a great writer and storyteller. The full cast approach was very effective as it ensured I didn't get characters confused.
I love the unabridged text. This will be the fourth time I have read/ listened to the book, and I am really enjoying this version.
I would much rather hear Neil Gaiman narrate his own books... I thought I would enjoy this more than I did (in terms of performance) but found myself missing Gaiman's voice. That said, the story is fantastic.
Second the best!
The ideas behind the gods and their travels to America.
The "Coming to America" stories were the best.
Not particularly. It is a very long book and it does get slow at times however once I took a decent break from it I found myself yearning to continue the story after a while.
The full-cast performance is absolutely great!! Really adds to the experience.
A wonderful story that combines the best of all genres, and keeps the reader on their toes, while satisfying the need to learn more about each and every character.
The amount of research and knowledge about the gods made the story more enveloping. The story is well thought out, and kept me guessing the whole time.
Anansi. He isn't a major character, but every time he showed up, I wanted to hear more from him.Obviously Shadow is an amazing character, and it's hard to decide between the two.
The ending. I don't want to spoil anything, but I thought that the story pulled together, and really impacted me in its closure.
Each of the reader's voices are distinctive enough that I could distinguish one from another easily and not get bored or lose the plotting. I would think that sound effects and light symphony music would make it better, but why take the unnecessary chance. This is the audiobook that all other full cast productions will be judged by!
I loved the concept, but I don't feel like it was pulled off as well as it could have been. Things felt far too meandering to me.
Yes, I've read at least one other of his books, and I'm familiar with the story of another. He's always worth a shot. This was just a miss for me.
I don't think so. I was glad when it was over.
The basic framework of the novel is pretty trite: america is constituted as a war between the old gods (those that came over with immigrant populations) and the new gods (tv, new media, etc). But there are so many fascinating digressions and character histories within this basic plot line that i ended up liking the book a fair amount. But a classic? not to me.
This could best be described as a cult classic with very modern themes. The plot is very intriguing but a little confusing - I had to discuss it with some sci-fi fan friends before I began to make sense of it. It is about how modern technology and mass media have tried to supplant the old religions. It feels like one of those books I could read multiple times and get something different out of it each time.
The protagonist, Shadow, was my favorite because he seemed to be as confused as me. The voice actor made him easy to like.
It was important to have several voices in such a complex plot. It helped keep the personalities separate and distinct.
It is more of a thinking book rather than a sentimental book. Nevertheless, the protagonist was emotionally complex and the scenes with his dead wife were touching and heartfelt.
This book defies genres. It takes place in a surrealistic present and would appeal to sci-fi fans but is not actually science fiction. It is worth a little effort to get used the writing style.