The story was entertaining and i loved the full voice cast. I have to give it another listen to catch all the subtleties but it's worth a second read.
This book is a bit like a work of art, by an artist sharing a unique and imaginative view of America. (I'm American and the America portrayed in the book isn't recognizable to me whatsoever, but it's fascinating nonetheless to be immersed in a different point of view.)
And like a work of art each vignette and subplot was creative and colorful but none fully gripped me. I don't see this as a flaw, I am just a very particular kind of reader--ideally when I read a book, I want to come away from it slightly more enlightened, or a slightly better person, and if not, I want to be thoroughly entertained. In all honesty American Gods did none of those things for me; after finishing it the only strong feeling I have is admiration for the author for a fine work of literature, one that he clearly poured a lot into--but one that I would have been just as well off not reading, if that makes sense. So my recommendation depends heavily on the type of reader you are.
I very much enjoyed listening to this book narrated by an ensemble cast.
The narration was exceptional and receives a 5/5, I would definitely listen to these narrators again without question. I was disappointed with the story and overall flow of the novel, however Gaiman's writing style is incredibly inventive and vivid. I would be willing to give him another chance in hopes of a more congruent story.
In a genre such as this where invention and imagination are key, I appreciate detail and elaboration to support the backbone of a story. I felt this novel was incredibly lacking in this degree and I simply felt lost throughout and had many unanswered questions. Perhaps this was the intent of the story. If so, I missed it.
Mr. Wednesday. The narrator's performance definitely enhanced the depth of this character.
I wouldn't watch it.
Started out ok and went down from there.
This is the first book I have returned. I am half way through. I can't finish it. I can't stay interested.
Listening to this immense achievement of literary genre blending, it's easy to find that 20 hours have flown by. My biggest disappointment was it had to end. The author is unparalleled at character development and world building. Cannot recommend enough.
The author describes this as a book one either loves or hates. I didn't hate it, but neither did I love it. I enjoyed the author's added comments and really wanted to like his book, but truth be told, I did not.
I felt the book was way too long and meandering. For me it was also sometimes a little difficult to follow as Shadow drifted and dreamed through one scene and the next.
I have enjoyed full cast productions in the past, but I felt that this book was not particularly enhanced by the performances, that one good reader could have done just as well.
I did not love this book, but that doesn't mean I'll stop reading Neil Gaiman's books. I'm sure there is much more enjoyment to be discovered.