I love Neil Gaiman. This book is NOTHING like Neverwhere, Wolves in the Walls, the Graveyard Book, Fragile Things or the Emerald City. It had way too much crude vulgar sex and the language was atrocious. Besides the story just dragged on and on and seemed pointless. I got to the second half of the book and just gave up. Why torture myself? I wasted that credit!
I enjoyed the full cast but George Guidall is still my favorite. He was able to bring the whole book to life single handed.
The performance was amazing. I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed listening to this novel. I've read it before, but this was a whole new experience. Buy it, listen to it, love it. Thank you, Neil Gaiman, for giving us your two cents on the process. I couldn't have enjoyed this more.
Likes any genre so long as it is done well.
Listened to a lot of this driving from/back to London/Edinburgh. Long trip. Seemed much shorter with this.
The cast production is wonderful, story line good. I never read the book before, and experience with author was Good Omens.
Highly recommend. Good tale about the lives/problems of gods and the poor souls who encounter them.
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A well played, thoroughly enjoyable experience. High production values, deep and engaging characters and pleasantly surprising plot twists.
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I think good narrators and actors, bring a sound and energy to the book, that you can miss sometimes when reading alone. They help to make the experience magical and transporting.
While I was excited by the story and wanted to continue to progress thought it, I did not want to listen to the whole thing in one sitting. I was happy to extend my listening time though, and was a little sad as I finished it. Having to say goodbye to really good characters can make me feel a little wistful.
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the full cast production allows you to "see" the experience of this dense, complex book in a different way. it's unique for the number of voices, although at some point in this 19+ hour experience, it is easier to hear some of the narrators taking multiple parts. the ways of speaking, and the accents of the many characters were so well done. i especially loved the voices of shadow and wednesday.
i had already read the book, but my son pointed out to me that there was a 10th anniversary edition. when the audible book of it went on sale, i grabbed this one. it does take quite a bit of commitment to listen to such a long story, and keep it all straight, even with a previous reading. but it's rewarding. very much so.
wondering now if i should re-read the original book to see how it differs from the new edition. certainly it will all turn out the same way, although in neil gaiman's universe - maybe not!
i certainly will always remember shadow's journey, and the gods, people, and creatures he interacts with....there are so many memorable scenes. i just loved the parts narrated by neil himself, and hoped there would be even more of that. he's a great reader.
I can think of no other book i have read that is much like this one. See previous comment.
Felt genuine, was relaxed, never forced. his accents were good. I will definitely look for this narrator again.
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I buy fantasy books on a pretty regular basis, and i almost always buy them on sale. The reason for that is because, often as not I,m disappointed. This book was so completely different from anything else I have ever read, I was blown away. The gods were not mysterious and kitchy mystical. They had easily understandable motives, and I found myself relating to them instantly. There is a whole new suit of gods for the modern world, which I found, once again, very original.
If you like fantasy buy this. If you don't like fantasy, buy this.
Once I got used to the different voices I enjoyed this multi-faceted production. It was nice to hear Neil's voice as well.
I have listened to the original and enjoyed the complex story. This production allows for more characterization imaging as you're listening and to pick up on the story line easier as characters come and go.
Wednesday is such an unrepentant rogue in this story.
Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!
I consider myself a Neil Gaiman fan, but not all his material appeals to me, and this is one book that I won't likely be revisiting. The very idea of reviewing it and having to say that a man named Shadow comes out of prison a day early when his wife is murdered to be approached by a man named Wednesday who seems to know everything about him and hires him as his sidekick, and then turns out to be a god involved in a battle between the gods of old and the new gods (of drugs, internet, etc) is just... *ugh*. Sorry, can't do it. I'm not panning it completely, because there were lots of brilliant flashes—this being Gaiman after all—but on the whole, I dreaded and couldn't wait for the end. The fact that this tenth anniversary edition was supplemented with 12,000 words that were cut out from the original edition probably didn't help much.
Yes, this is the type of story & production that encourages a second listen. Its narrative complexity and the interesting story allows it to be enjoyed more than once. I look forward to listening to it again as well as reading the novel as well.
I knew Neil Gaiman from the Sandman series but had never read his other work, now that I have been exposed to this work I have continued on to The Graveyard Book and Fragile Things and enjoy both the stories as well as his personal narration of his works. I will enjoy exploring this talented mans catalog of work well into the future.