I love, love, love Neil Gaiman's books and am reading/listening my way through them. I listened to this one and at some times had to stop and backup to understand what was going on. But it all came together in the end. The narration, acting, etc. was great with the exception of Shadow's voice - I thought it was a little too flat. It's a unique story, as all of Gaiman's books are, and I can't wait to read more.
Yes, the different voices reminded me of old radio programming. You could hear the voice and know who the character was before it was revealed. I recommend reading the book as well.
Shadow's vigil to Wednesday including when he goes down into the earth
Nothing is better than the well-written sci-fi story. I'm even trying to write one too. But these days, I have expanded my taste --a bit.
Yes. I plan to read other books by Neil Gaiman.
There were multiple narrators, but the narrator that portrayed the main character, Shadow, had a very dull, mono-toned voice that did not seem to serve the character. All the other voices were good or great.
Not so much inspire, but I'll ready other titles by this writer.
The first then chapters were rather dull, and the story was not advanced in many of the 1st 10 chapter. However, the last fourteen were very good. This is picky. . . . but the breaks were not organized in a very logical way. The chapters themselves were too long.
The voices were perfect for each character and made the story come to life. I also loved hearing Neal Gaiman's voice in his own book as well as the backstory of this edition.
Such an interesting and unique perspective of the different gods and myths throughout history. I did love Anansi Boys better and some of Gaiman's other books, but definitely worth the time to listen to this one.
If you enjoy audio books, then you probably already know that a full cast recording is a great pleasure, and this production is no exception. American Gods is, of course, among Gaiman's great works, engaging and rich with full of emotion, surprises, moments of humor, horror, and provocative ideas.
The cast is phenomenal. Every character glitters with life and nuance and the addition of an intriguing introduction and interludes read by the author are a tasty icing on an already impressive cake.
This production is a fine example of the pinnacle of what an audio book can be. If you love this book, even if you've read this book countless times, you owe it to yourself to hear this recording. The story will live for you in whole new ways.
I liked the idea of this book, and I had heard such great things, but to be honest, I really didn't care for it. There were times I was interested, and times I couldn't care less. All in all, I really don't get the hype about this book.
Serendipitous and playful. Unimpressive and trivial. This is a kid's book; only it's chock full of trite adult content that would render it impermissible for a young audience. If it is indeed intended for an adult audience, it's aimed at the half-witted and inattentive, who delight in predicable plot "twists" and the eased joy of getting exactly what you expected. If you are taking a break from your "Everyone Loves Raymond" marathon to try this "reading" thing, this may be the book for you. If you've ever read a decent book in your life, and continue reading to hopefully find once again the bliss that it brought you, it is likely that you'll spend your time with this book marveling, not at its genius, but at the miracle that it's STILL GOING.
Avid listener. Lover of stories and story tellers!
I don't know what went wrong. I love the idea for this book, I'm a huge mythology fan, and the actors were all phenomenal! The production value was great and I read wonderful reviews for the story. And yet I got real bored about halfway through, I wasn't eagerly listening to find out what would happen next, I had no connection to the main characters dilemma so I just kind of lost interest in it all. Maybe it's just me. I was very excited to listen, so I might have set my expectations too high, or maybe the story just isn't that good....
This was my first full-cast audio book, and while I think most books don't need that treatment, I certainly enjoyed this one. The voices were well-matched to the characters, and the editing was seamless.
Great story, too. It's a bit everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink, probably has lots of rewarding detail for people up on folklore and myth that went over my head. But that made the story feel dense and fascinating, for me a nice change from clockwork fantasy universes where every bit of backstory ends up being relevant to the resolution.
Now a couple months later its mostly the characters that stick in my mind, not the plot or any particular scene. Gaiman hints in the introduction that a sequel might be on the way, set 10 years later. Whether or not he writes it, it's easy to believe that these characters are alive and have been getting on with their lives for the last 10 years, unseen by us.