I almost gave up on this a couple of time. Not because it isn’t good, because it was too good and I was afraid I wouldn’t like the ending. That’s what happens when you usually read romances, where happy endings can be depended upon. This was one of those times I’m grateful I took a risk, tried something just a little out of my comfort zone. A few of the horror aspects were a little gross for me, but there aren’t many and the author doesn’t linger there. This story has mystery and romance, legend and magic, action and suspense. It’s loaded with twists and turns, some I guessed and some I didn’t. The characters are vividly drawn. The full-cast performance really brought them all alive for me. Don’t tell my husband, but I’m deeply in love with Shadow. The plot does meander in this 10th anniversary edition, but the images and tales within tales are rich, and the paths all led back to the main plot road. Oh, and the ending was fantastic, both suspenseful and satisfying up to the last word.
One of the best books I have read/listened to in a long time. Words like epic, surreal, intelligent, spiritual, and mesmerizing come to mind. There are few books that I would ever consider reading a second time, but this is one of them. I can recommend this without reservation, there should be something for everyone here.
This book is an incredible look at God's, beliefs, habits, and worship. It shows the silliness of the ways the world works while simultaneously shows the importance of what people think. Things are real when enough people believe.
Outside of the great narration, this book made me feel like I was being spoon-fed bland peas with one of those rubber coated baby spoons.
This book came highly recommended...but I started a skeptic, and the slow start almost put me off. Glad I kept along. Gaiman really does some magical things here. It is far more fiction-y than fantasy-y; not reeeallly mindless listening the way a plot-driven fantasy novel might be. Lots of little beautiful gems of writing and philosophy and such inside. Moreover, Shadow is one of the most likeable and interesting protagonists I have encountered in literature in a while.
This is 100% a classic. Do not pass this by.
One of my all-time favorite books, brought to life so lovingly by the voice actors. I greatly enjoyed listening to it over again.