No, could have spent the time more productively by, say, cutting my toenails or taking my dog for a walk.
Would have cut out about 50 characters.
Yes, to never read another Neil G book .
Egad, I should get a medal just for persevering through to the end of this mess There's 19 hrs and one credit I'll never have back again
This book was everything I thought it wouldn't be. I was nervous that it would be another book about some kind of political landscape, an overview of things that I didn't really care about...I love Neil Gaiman and am an avid reader of his other books, but I can't explain it-I just thought this book would disappoint. I was absolutely and entirely wrong. I was pleasantly surprised by Shadow's journey leading to Reykjavik...I am fairly certain we ate at the same cafe, drinking the same coca cola and enjoyed the same smoked puffin. Shadow felt like a person I'd likely met at some point-very briefly- on a vacation in New York or a road trip through Redding...he was a familiar part of my scenery. I feel that this is the feeling Gaiman wants the reader to walk away with, and he achieves it. It is expertly written and Gaiman's creativity and imaginative mind shine throughout the pages of this book; Trust me, you will love this book!
This was my very first audiobook, so it set the bar pretty high for me. I enjoyed the full cast production, and the voices were great. It'd say it's my 2nd favorite thus far ONLY because of the story line.
I have not, this was my first Gaiman novel outside of the Sandman comics, and my first Audible.
Hands down the trip to House on the Rock, mostly because I was dragged there as a child and the descriptions were so vivid and perfect. It was as if I was revisiting it. My other favorite was the visit with Ostara, something about her sad beauty really got to me.
The meeting with Ostara, and unveiling that she was "forgotten", as a pagan, I knew of the history and her story prior to reading the book, and it touched me through her sadness. Also the unveiling of (SPOILER HERE) - Odin being Shadow's father. I think part of me knew all along that it was coming, but the reveal was still moving.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
A very good ensemble cast narrating this. Very well done. Similar in production quality to Dune, which I still think is the best Audible has done. This book was part horror story, part fantasy, part adult crime noir and part metaphysical treatise on what it means to be an American. This book takes on a lot and delivers. I intend on reading more Gaiman in the coming year, a good writer with big ideas.
Probably when Laura first encounters Shadow after her....well I will let you sort that out...fellow reader.
Shadow is one of the most memorable characters I have encountered in a while.
The overall tone where Shadow accepts his fate and follows through on his mission/job, I thought that was not only interesting but at times moving.
Great book. I was looking for something different. I had wanted this year to explore some fantasy novels but a lot of fantasy is targeted to the young adult crowd. This is decidedly not. This is adult fiction, dealing with adult themes within a fantastic, surreal backdrop. At times it reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut, and at other times of Dan Simmons (Hyperion). I would highly recommend it.
The voice of Wednesday reminds me of Jack Nicholson. It's great.
Some parts of the narration (not by Gaiman) seemed like separate audio files spliced together in the same paragraph or even sentence: the quality of his voice would change unexpectedly and it's jarring.
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.