No doing it.
Performance is only as good as the bad writing.
Disgust that I was dumb enough to buy this lemon.
Save other people by removing it from your shelve Audible.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
I didn't read the print version until after listening to the Audible version but yes, the narration is that good. I consider the audio version superior.
I tried to explain it in my Headline but most likely failed. This book can not be compared to another and whatever your resulting expectation when hearing a comparison you will be surprised. Since I first started listening to Audible books this past year this book is by far the best of them. Easily.
Personality. Not all of the characters but many do have their personalities come out in the narration. The narrators also did a remarkable job with getting the main character to accept the job at the beginning of the book. I'm trying hard to avoid Spoilers here so please bear with me but in print, the "job interview" so to speak is well done but when the Narrators perform the different parts the characters come alive and it brings a reality to this particular fantasy that would be difficult to duplicate by any other means.
I didn't cry although there were a few scenes that did touch me deeply however more than a few scenes made me laugh out lout and because I listened to so much of this with ear-buds out in public...well, le me just say that a few times people looked at me like I was a madman laughing out loud at my plan to destroy the world!
I will end in saying that I honestly and sincerely recommend this book. It was such a surprising and thoroughly enjoyable book that I wish the entire world would read it at some point in their lives.
While it is not appropriate for pre-teens or younger children I think because of some adult topics covered in a couple of places, I think everyone else would really enjoy this book.
Well, since nobody else clued me in, I'll try to help the next sucker who falls for these rave reviews. Look, I grew up on Marvel comics and Heinlein and Tolkien but this book is stupid. I couldn't get through more than the first three hours. At that point I realized that rather than some insightful look at America, we're going to discuss mythical characters as if they still exist. . .but are fading away to nothingness like Tinkerbelle. Clap if you love fairies! Or leprechauns, or whatever.
In those first three hours I had to sit through long, dull mini-sagas of how some ancient European god got to America. No dialogue, just the reader reading out the story on and on and on. Dull, and poor story-telling.
I thought Shadow was a pretty intriguing character, but everyone else--the mythical gods--are annoying and irritating and unbelievable. Couldn't sit through any more. I will say, though, that I loved the readers. Switching between readers was seamless, and it's wonderful to hear a woman's voice doing a woman's voice instead of a man trying to speak in a falsetto. Kudos to the cast, and I hope more books will be done this way.
It's a really engaging story that is well-written and entertaining.
The gods are very cleverly rendered, and the dialog is quite well done. It's an engaging adventure and the murder mystery is intriguing.
The narrator (particularly the one who played the narrator in the story) was pretty bad. He sounded like he was reading rather than acting, and it detracted from my enjoyment of the story.
Sculptor and costumer
I have been largely resistant to reading Gaiman. My first introduction to him was the co-written book "Good Omens." I had seen Coraline and am a fan of Amanda Palmer. I am glad that I did not attempt this book at a younger time in my life. This story resonates deeply with my life and belief systems. American Gods is a brilliant look into our murder of tradition, our apparent disdain for anything beautiful and spiritual (in that we plaster our mystical places with bill boards, food vendors and gift stores filled with crap we do not need to prove that we have visited the place. I have been a vagabond and explorer of our lands and have experienced first hand the depth of the blindness of our society. It is marvelous to find a narrative by someone who is wide awake and seeing the world for what it is. Do yourself a favor and get lost in the wonder that is American Gods.
The attention to detail in this audiobook version is astounding. Having each character voiced by a different person brings the book to greater life than I expected. I completely enjoyed the audiobook version more than the written, and that is saying a lot for a Gaiman novel.
The cast of actors/characters is impeccable.
Answering that question might spoil a few surprises, but Shadow and Wednesday are ideally voiced.
I would listen in one sitting, but the length makes that feat nearly impossible. I did look forward to morning drive time and workouts so I could get back to the story.
Cannot recommended more highly. The best credit I have used on Audible, bar none.
Some feeling that the tale was going somewhere, be it good or bad. Something which would get the listener invested in the characters.
A Feast for Crows
Cannot comment on this
After investing many listening hours, the book proved so boring to me that I never finished it, which is extremely unusual for me.
This book ranks up there with some of my other favorites. Truly awesome story, the full-cast production really made it that much more enjoyable. I've listened to it twice now. Hell of a book!
The original Audible version of "American Gods" was one of my first purchases in my Audible account. I loved the original and it got me addicted to Neil Gaiman. So when I saw the 10th Anniversary full cast production I was very hesitant to buy it since the original was so good. But I'm glad I bought it.
Some reviewers mention that they don't like full cast versions. I'll admit I don't usually get full cast Audible books which is probably strange since in high school and college I often listened to recordings of old classic radio dramatizations. But I decided to give it a try.
It turned out that I enjoyed this version as much as I did the original and the written book. The casting worked for me and I devoured this recording far too quickly.
This book was fantastic. It was engaging all the way through. I fell in love with Shadow in the first chapter and felt connected to him all the way through. This book has a special way of engaging with the listener. In most book( especially long ones) I get bored or I stay tuned because i feel compelled to know how it turns out. This book was engaging in a really different way. I wasn't so concerned about 'how it turns out' but was very evenly and consistency engaged with the story and the characters. I have never experienced a book like that before. I enjoyed every chapter, every minute of it!
The performances were great, especially the main characters. The woman who played shadow's wife was pretty flat and boring but the rest were great.