absolutely loved this book. used it for a cross country road trip and kept listening every chance I had. I think it would be easier to follow this book in audio than on paper, because the voices automatically let you know who, or who you think, you hear. great book. fantastic mythology. caused me to look up the mythology odd the characters. the author did a lot of research. absolutely awesome.
This book. I mean, come on. It's great. First, the performances by the voice actors are top notch. Next, the story itself is magnificent. If you like American stories, Steven Spielberg, Justified, Avengers, or Star Wars, you'll probably love this audiobook.
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The voices fit the characters very well and I appreciated that the author narrated some chapters himself. Reminded me that this is my favorite Gaiman book.
The premise seemed interesting and this book got solid reviews. I got pretty deep into the book hoping something would happen but its a non stop snoozefest. At no time do I feel even vaguely invested in any of the characters and the book just crawls along. Not sure how this got so many good reviews.
I really loved this audiobook which felt more like an old fashioned radio play with so many different voices to the narrative including Gaiman himself who is fantastic. I read the book about eight years ago and this was different enough in how it was presented that that previous reading didn't harm my enjoyment at all.
For those new to this story; it is simply spell-binding. It transcends being just one genre: fantasy, literature, drama, mythology, Americana, mystery, and crime could all easily describe it. I fell in love with it years ago and it has held a special place in my heart since. It is a rarity to find a novel with such a wholly new world that also feels like an old memory. It is not like a far off land, but something very familiar that perhaps has always been just slightly under the surface of your everyday life. On top of that, the social commentary, while sometimes a tad more blatant than one might expect in what has come to be regarded as an excellent piece of modern English literature, is nonetheless woven so as to make you ponder your own role in its subject matter. The author's world-view, which all but oozes out of his characters in jarring, poignant monologues, is something which is unique in its written form yet feels so obvious that you don't know why you've never thought the exact same thing before.
As far as this specific audiobook, there are two things that help it excell even for those who may have read it before:
First, there is quite a large difference between the original novel and the 10th anniversary (Author's preferred text). Not in story, per se, but in the beauty of the prose. I own the original paperback and read it several times, but purchased this audiobook to listen on a road trip with my husband who had never read it. It was like a new novel. The original was cut down so drastically at the insistence of the publisher and the author later regretted it. Not only were full scenes cut, but more importantly many descriptions and musings were shortened throughout the entire novel. So 'The old shack almost appeared to ricket and sway in the breeze, looking as though only sheer stubbornness kept it upright' might turn into 'Shaddow stood in front of an incredibly old shack'. Some people may prefer the shortened version, but I felt like the expanded text offered a much more realized and beautifully described world. In fact, I found myself savoring the journey and glad the expanded text added several extra hours of reading.
Also, this cast production may be the best audio book I've ever listened to, regardless of plot or prose. It felt less like listening to an audiobook (where a dry, stuffy British person monotonously reads words aloud) than a radio production of sorts. The different voices mixed with the narration of the protagonist's inner monologue combined beautifully with the expanded text to make me feel as though I was listening to it for the first time, and it was better than ever. Each character became something new with each voice, as even in voice acting they were infused with unique personalities by the acting choices of the narrators.
Overall, this is an excellent choice for nearly any reading fan and I certainly recommend it for anyone even slightly interested.
From beginning to end, this novel was excellent, and the audio production couldn't have been better! I cannot imagine reading this as opposed to listening to it, it was that good. I could clearly picture the characters not just because of Gaiman's description, but the cast's voice acting.
If you want an incredible listen, then buy this audiobook.
First of all, the main narrator's performance was obnoxious. I never cared about any of the characters even though I tried to. The story was just all around awful. I feel like I wasted too many hours hoping that There would be real story in the middle of all the contrived situations and ridiculous characters. It was a stinker.