I've listened to scores or audiobooks, and I've seldom enjoyed it as much as this one. With this superb cast, the "full cast" performance - not quite a radio play, since there are no effects or staging - is a resounding success.
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Confession: I never made it through the novel of American Gods and thought I'd give the audio version a try and I'm so glad I did. I love full cast recordings because (no matter how great a narrator is) doing voices of the opposite sex is always hit-or-miss.
I love the shagginess of this 10th anniversary version. Perhaps it's a little less streamlined than the original published version, but the little additional meanderings are welcome in this fantastical road trip of a book. It's also my excuse for why I didn't make it through the novel and listened to this in a matter of days.
Side note: I'm glad Mr. Gaiman did not include the special scene in the book that he included in the final author's epilogue. I think it would have been a little too "clever" and would have thrown me out of a pitch perfect book/performance.
Warning: spoilers within.
It's really cool to hear a full-cast production of American Gods, a book I've read several times. I've actually listened to this audiobook several times, too. A lot of people don't like American Gods because it's too meandering, too grimy and - despite inclusion of so many gods - common, rather than some grand epic. I'd argue that that's the point - the gods who came to America because grimy and common, and a few of them want to fight back.
It's tough to pick a favorite character - and I'm basing these on the voice acting, though they align pretty consistently with my feelings about the non-audio characters.
I love Wednesday, and Czernobog. I also love the voice of Zorya Polunochnaya, and Mr. Ibis is entertaining. Not a big fan of Laura.
Shadow's part is masterfully done, but I have the same problem with him whether he's print or audio - I don't understand how it takes him that long to figure out who he's dealing with. They actually have to shove it down his throat. If a man with a silver tree tie-pin talked to me on a plane during a thunderstorm and said "Since it's my day you can call me Wednesday, though given the weather it might as well be Thursday", I would immediately be like, oh sh*t, I am NOT getting involved with gods, thanks. But maybe that's just me. ;)
The one charater I can't STAND is the narrator, who sounds disdainful more than half the time. I get used to it after a while but anytime I start listening after a break (I mostly listen during my commute) I always wish the book came with a free punch in the narrator's face.
I can't say I have a favorite part of the book, though I enjoy Shadow working at the funeral home. I think the most moving part is Shadow on the tree. It's such a classic image of sacrifice and is beautifully written. I also like Essie Tregowan's "Coming to America" story, especially the end.
It's an excellent bonus that Neil himself reads the Coming to America bits. His voice is so nice. I wish he could have narrated it, but he might have overshadowed the rest of the cast.
People seem to either love American Gods or hate it, or be disappointed by it. And Gaiman fans who are disappointed seem to feel personally betrayed. I'm one of the Gaiman fans who loves it - I love the huge, odd, meandering sprawl. To me, it mirrors the life that all these people are living, day by day, as the gods have lived for thousands of years, biding their time until they're forgotten. I love the journey. I don't mind that it takes a while and doesn't go in a straight line. But this is the kind of book you have to try for yourself.
Great to listen to while in a road trip, very creative and excellent performance by the readers. I looked forward to my next drive so I could continue to listen.
amazing story and the full cast production was excellent. I could barely bring myself to pause it and listened to it constantly. hope there are more American gods books as alluded here and I hope they're full cast productions.
The story involves some extreme stretches of the imagination, but the complexity slows it down. Even after 6 hours listening it was unclear what was going on. Had to abandon it
Narrators were phenomenal. This is the most convoluted audiobook I've ever listened to. The story jumps between reality and dream state so much that it's difficult to follow. Maybe if I listen to it again I'll understand.