Gods are crazy
This is a fabulous story! I loved the way Shadow interacted with the other characters in the book and his almost bumbling hero persona, good guy not quite to bright though.
Others have said they appreciated the full cast approach for this story because of the story's complexity. Personally, I found the plot fairly simple and linear (except for the occasional side-trips into some of the legends). But there *are* a heck of a lot of characters in it, and the multiple voices possible with a full cast helped me always know who was speaking. I don't think a single reader would have worked well with this book.
The description of Shadow on the tree.
This was my first Gaiman book, and a good introduction, I'm sure. I really enjoyed Gaiman's idea of the gods people brought with them to America having their own lives and histories here, and the concept of Americans creating their own new gods in conflict with the old. I also liked the way Gaiman himself narrated the "legend" portions of the book. Nice touch.
The full cast production is excellent. Gaiman's book is a great read, but just as enjoyable as an audiobook. One of the best aspects to this production is Neil Gaiman reading the "coming to America," vignettes about how some gods arrived in North America. A good voice actor can do wonders to a narrative, but a talented and engaged author reading their own work can bring a knowing nuance and inflection where others do not.
That said, all of the voice actors in this production are excellent. This is one of my "go-to" recordings during my work day (the other being "Dune"). I've listened to it countless times over--in its entirety or piecemeal. It doesn't go stale.
It's worth sacrificing a credit to it...
yes, it was amazing
the actors delivered a great story beautifully
The scene with Sam and Shadow at the bar
Among the best. I really enjoy the fact that it’s a full cast production. Even as I'm listening to American Gods I think I'm ready to listen to it again.
Anansi Boys which is a pretty obvious one because it’s Neil Gaiman and it’s a modern story about old gods. I thoroughly enjoyed both books.
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I really felt for the main character throughout the story. There’re a lot of very realistic sorrows amongst all the fantastical.
I would highly recomend this book and this audiobook to anyone
Excellent performances by all cast members
Many memorable moments
SPOILER ALERT: Some sexuality and crude dialogue and odd story devices involving that subject matter that are harsh, seemingly out-of-place, and don't (in this listener's opinion) add to the story. They actually detracted from my otherwise excellent impression of this book. Well done, Neil Gaiman, but the catalytic sexual betrayal, the genie gay sex, and the absorption sex seemed gratuitous, not story-furthering. Okay, I must be a prude. Otherwise, excellent.
Shadow. The character was well developed. He was flawed, yet likable.
The story caught my attention right off the bat. It held my interest. Unique concept, well written, well narrated. I couldn't wait to listen to more.
So glad I revisited this book via audio edition! Good story with intrigue, humor and an inherent invitation to investigate story elements independently.
While I appreciate the author's introduction, I would have preferred he didn't take a turn narrating a few chapters.
On the other hand, Daniel Oreskes' performance is terrific. His voice really drew me in to the main character and his journey. I think now I want him to read all my books to me.
yes -- although there are a few spots where the voice-actors are obviously doubling (enough tripling) characters, the overall performance is very very good. I especially enjoyed Gaiman reading the Coming to America chapters himself, and Dennis Boutsikaris is one of the best narrators I've ever heard.
They truly bring the book to life -- particularly the voice-over artists who portray Shadow and Mr Wednesday.
No due to his nonsensical way of writing As far as the narrators go I feel they did a good job.
the whole book is basically a build up to the last grand battle which is ultimately a disappointment.
slow from beginning to end
I felt mini stories in between chapters are more of an annoyance then in insightful view into the gods.