The voice acting and narration was nearly perfect. All of the accents and dialects were flawless and the acting was superb. The actor playing Shadow fell flat...maybe even flatter that Gaiman intended him to be, but still very enjoyable.
This was just a series of deus ex machina after deus ex machina. It was an interesting premise and and interesting look at mythology and religion, but nothing in the story had any significant consequence. The characters were neither likable or worthy of hate. Neil took an interesting premise and turned it into an entire world and it just fell flat and failed to inspire any emotion. It was beautifully written, but the story was just generic and aimless. By the time readers learned what was at stake, it was irrelevant.
The narrator was flawless. His tones and inflections were subtle enough to suggest any narrative that one might miss in reading, but never so blatant that they felt forceful.
I would see this movie, but reluctantly. Not so much because I want to see this story in live action, but because I'd be curious to see how it could be converted from a novel to a motion picture. Much of the novel was written in a way that only resembles the way we dream...I'm not so sure that a movie could capture that.
Brilliant voice acting, but the story was an overall letdown that seemed, at times, to pander to fans of Gaiman's previous works. I enjoyed it overall, but only thanks to the amazing performances of the voice actors. If you've read the book years ago and want to revisit it, then this is for you. Otherwise, proceed cautiously. .
Yes, there was so much in this book that I know I missed a great deal.
I liked how the author showed you how no matter what God you believe in you are right.
I got through a few chapters and its the worst writing ive seen... and, boring as hell. I hope to return it for another book because this is just too brutal to even try to listen too. Whyyyyyy was it given such a high rating??? im shocked!~
What a unique creation. The scale is breathtaking. A Jungian adventure. A gift from the Britt's to US. Thank you Neil for this Mythic tale of God's, Mortal's, and Roadside attractions.
And thank you to the cast and crew for giving this production the attention and care it deserved.
I wasn't sure what to think about this book. The voices of the various characters didn't match my mental image of them and so, became somewhat distracting. In the end, the story just didn't hold my attention so I didn't finish it.
Yes. But the review says it's scary and I got through 7 hours of convoluted characters without caring what happens to them. This is suppose to be his best book. I would give him one more try. I liked the short story he wrote for Halloween, this year.
this book sucked. sorry, but it did.
Gods are crazy
This is a fabulous story! I loved the way Shadow interacted with the other characters in the book and his almost bumbling hero persona, good guy not quite to bright though.
Others have said they appreciated the full cast approach for this story because of the story's complexity. Personally, I found the plot fairly simple and linear (except for the occasional side-trips into some of the legends). But there *are* a heck of a lot of characters in it, and the multiple voices possible with a full cast helped me always know who was speaking. I don't think a single reader would have worked well with this book.
The description of Shadow on the tree.
This was my first Gaiman book, and a good introduction, I'm sure. I really enjoyed Gaiman's idea of the gods people brought with them to America having their own lives and histories here, and the concept of Americans creating their own new gods in conflict with the old. I also liked the way Gaiman himself narrated the "legend" portions of the book. Nice touch.
The full cast production is excellent. Gaiman's book is a great read, but just as enjoyable as an audiobook. One of the best aspects to this production is Neil Gaiman reading the "coming to America," vignettes about how some gods arrived in North America. A good voice actor can do wonders to a narrative, but a talented and engaged author reading their own work can bring a knowing nuance and inflection where others do not.
That said, all of the voice actors in this production are excellent. This is one of my "go-to" recordings during my work day (the other being "Dune"). I've listened to it countless times over--in its entirety or piecemeal. It doesn't go stale.
It's worth sacrificing a credit to it...
yes, it was amazing
the actors delivered a great story beautifully
The scene with Sam and Shadow at the bar