I don't really re-listen to audiobooks. But I'd recommend this to anyone.
Shrug. Other things by Gaiman.
It's a full cast recording! So great!
Nope. Super long. Good book. But that would have been... over a day of sitting.
Well, this was a much more creatively entertaining effort than it was an engaging story... a bit less humorous than a Kurt Vonnegut and more obtuse than an older John Irving. It was the narrations by the multiple characters that carried me through some conceptually disjointed transits from Shadow's experiences of real life as it might have been, fantastical journeys of his subconscious, and the editorial tales of historical god mythology. I was alternately "on board" and a passive witness as the story wended its way to the inevitable, if baffling, confrontation with reality. One moment I was captivated by the rich characterizations only to be drawn off into an eddy of meaningless and confusing complexity. The point I'm trying to make is that you'll take away some pleasure from having listened to episodes of well-crafted storytelling, at the cost of feeling a bit taken by a sleight of mind-game.
Say something about yourself!
I thoroughly enjoy this title and will listen to more Gaiman. The full cast production was amazing--full emersion. Well done indeed.
This is a book more suited to readers who care little for cohesion but prefer to imagine that they are themselves unfazed by scary, mind-bending and cryptically unconnected events.
I was hoping that American Gods would deliver a narrative of god versus god or god versus man in a more cinematic sense delivering the range and diversity of the powers and characters of the gods.
Yes, well done although, unfortunately, the narration of the interludes was truly grating with overemphasis of the length of words and sounds.
It appears that I am one of the few that dislikes this story although many say that it needs a second reading to appreciate it fully. I'm not so sure, nothing remarkable is delivered in its conclusion and I can't express more fully how annoying Shadow's acceptance of events, supernatural and mundane, seemed to be. I would not recommend this book.
An avid reader of all kinds of books. I love classic science fiction writers like Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, and Douglas Adams. But I am, in fact, a "leaf on the wind" when it comes down to it.
Adventurous, Creative, Masterful
The story unfolds giving you clues about everything but very rarely give you the information straight. If you are not widely read you will be hooked by the compelling story and the bizarre and exciting story arcs. If you are, there will be the addition of an awe of the truly clever and excellent way characters of legend and myth are described giving key features that, to those who know will be a dead give away as to their identity, while seldom telling you outright.
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
This book is confusing to listen to, it might be better and easier to manage if you read it for yourself...BUT, that said, the cast really did an excellent job of reading and distinguishing characters! By the second part, I was recognizing characters by the voices immediately. The story starts right in to the meat of the book, Shadow is the central character although he takes the long way round to most points. I wanted him to be OK, I wanted more for him, I didn't like how we left him...so I do hope that Mr Gaiman returns to Shadow's story at some future date. I advise you to settle in and snuggle up for this one, you will get lost if you try to do anything other than pay attention...I had to listen to the whole thing at least twice to be sure I heard it all. I did fall asleep a few times, Shadows voice kept putting me under. Made me feel everything would be allright in the end one way or another. This book kinda reminded me of The Stand by Stephen King. I can't pinpoint why, but it does. I love Neil Gaiman's writing and I hope to see more available on Audible. I especially loved the Graveyard Book, if you haven't read it--DO! Entirely different from this one, but still the oddly skewed perspective central to Mr Gaiman. Please enjoy this read, it is worth the time...and there is insight to seeing your world from an outsider's perspective.
The best part of the audiobook was the performance of the cast. I enjoy single author readings as well, but the full cast in this story brought a real feeling to the story.
My least favorite was that the story was a little hokey. It is not bad, and many parts (the coming to America sections read by the Author) were quite enjoyable. Overall I would recommend the book to anyone that likes any of the numerous genres that the book reaches into.
The story was fine and I think the other reviews cover well what people like about the book.
I have not, but the performances in this book are fantastic.
It inspired me to try anouther full cast production book.
American Gods is somewhat of a legendary book and its easy to see why. It's an epic tale of a man who ends up in the middle of a war between old Gods (ie the Norse Gods and the Indian Gods) and the New Gods ( ie the Gods of techology and television). I have seen quite a few authors list Neil Gaiman as an influence..If you read Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne its easy to imagine them as fans of this book.
The main character is really likable and I became attached to many of the complementary characters. The story is good and thought provoking. It meanders a little in some places, but this is the unabridged version. The performance is top-notch.
This is a good book and I think most people will enjoy it.
Not everyone is a fan of Gaiman. I know after I read Stardust I would have put myself in the “Gaiman is overhyped” category. I just wasn’t a huge fan; it seemed jumbled and awkward. However, in 2012 I kept seeing Anansi Boys and American Gods pop up on recommendation lists. I decided to give Anansi Boys a try since it was shorter. That’s when I discovered that Gaiman is one of those authors I need to hear to appreciate. To me, Gaiman is a storyteller. Maybe some people would say that all authors are storytellers by definition, but to me one does not equate to the other. I feel like this review could get derailed by a philosophical discussion on storytelling vs. writing, so suffice it to say this will be some kind of Writer Wednesday post in the near future.
Anyway, American Gods. I thought it was really enjoyable. The full cast audio version really added value – at 20 hours, one narrator might be a little tedious for listening (for me at least). Having the variety made it a more dynamic listening experience, and it was easier to follow different strands and stay engaged. I’ve read a couple of reviews on Goodreads that voice some concerns about buying into the “stakes” of the plot or feeling a connection to the protagonist. I didn’t experience this while listening. In fact, I occasionally found myself feeling earnest for the next major development or a new character to emerge. I just kept wanting to be immersed in this world.
The author’s preface really sets the tone for some of the origin narratives throughout the novel. Gaiman notes that he set out to tell different kinds of stories, one of which was a “coming to America” thread. Frankly, these were some of my favorite parts of the book – how different groups (and thus, different gods) came to America ties in quite nicely with some Gaiman’s interwoven mythology.
The Bottom Line:
American Gods is a bold fictional exploration of mythology in America and what binds us.