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American Gods Audiobook

American Gods

For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: In an era before both iPod and printing press, people told tales of the gods around the firepit. With American Gods, master storyteller Gaiman taps that mythic vein for a genre-defying modern-day tale of gods, both ancient and new, warring under our very noses. Giving voice to Gaiman's words, George Guidall brings out both the energy and emotion of this surprisingly human tale. His characterization of the much-more-than-a-conman Mr. Wednesday is masterful. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

On the plane ride home to the funeral, Shadow meets a man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday, a self-declared grifter, who offers Shadow a job. Shadow, a man with nothing to lose, accepts. But he soon learns that his role in Wednesday's schemes will be far more dangerous than he could have ever imagined.

American Gods is a dark and kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth and across an America at once eerily familiar and utterly alien. Magnificently told, American Gods is a work of literary magic that will haunt the listener long after it has been heard.

©2001 Neil Gaiman; (P)Recorded Books, Inc.; ©2001 HarperCollinsPublishers Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novel, 2002
  • Nebula Award Winner, Best Novel, 2002

"Brilliant dialogue and profound insights into American consciousness show Gaiman to be a visionary and a master wordsmith." (AudioFile)
"Neil Gaiman enters Stephen King territory...with American Gods." (New York Post)
"A crackerjack suspense yarn...juicily original...Wagnerian noir." (Salon.com)
"By turns thoughtful, hilarious, disturbing, uplifting, horrifying and enjoyable, and sometimes all at once." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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    Jennifer 03-27-08
    Jennifer 03-27-08
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    "Strange book"

    The premise for this book was fascinating. I especially enjoyed the play on "gods" and how American's worship those "gods". I had some real issues with the lagging pace of the book. Not itended to be a believable book - I still took issue with the wild unbelievability of some of the events - espcially those designed to be believable. A faster paced plot would have helped the book immensely. I am typically a "get lost in the audio book" type listener. I could have taken this book or left it. I, in fact, listened to the radio on my way to and from work a few times - something I never do when I have an audio book available. It wasn't bad - just wasn't good.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Creston, NC USA 10-24-07
    Jesse Creston, NC USA 10-24-07 Member Since 2015

    Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.

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    "What"

    is this supposed to be? I'm 4 hours into this book and I have yet to detect a scintilla of plot. I want to be entertained with a story that has a plot with some goal in mind. I can't begin to detect one. Maybe it's just me. Very disappointed.

    7 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    BENJAMIN MORIN 05-31-05 Member Since 2006
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    "One of my favorite reads"

    Okay...
    Haven't listened to this one...but I've read the book (a couple of times) and love Gaiman's take on modern religion. The narrator is the same guy who does the Dark Tower Series (another must read or listen) and is really good at his job. I would highly reccommend you get this one if you have a chance.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila beaverton, OR, USA 09-21-08
    Sheila beaverton, OR, USA 09-21-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun but lacking depth"

    Fun storyline that toys with the “what if” factor, however spends a bit to much time working the myth behind the characters, rather than providing them depth and charm. So if you’re looking for a book that has rich loveable characters, this is not for you. If you enjoy a good read that drives an interesting storyline then buy away.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 06-22-07
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 06-22-07 Member Since 2001
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    "American Gods"

    Main reason I purchased this book was the fact that it was an award winner, best novel; it is not a best novel. A best novel would appeal to most any and a very wide audience. This book will not. The publisher summary should have emphasized to a greater degree the mythologogy and hedonistic nature of this book; it is a wasted credit for someone looking for a good mystery and not particularly interested in spider balls, a cab driver with eyes of fire, or homosexual sex. Disappointing.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nomad 02-25-08
    Nomad 02-25-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Not one for me"

    I have heard Neil Gaimans "Anansi Boys" and really enjoyed it. But I could not get into "American Gods" for anything. I found it disjointed and really boring. I quit 1/3 of the way through. I do not recommend this book!

    7 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Stamford, CT, USA 11-18-05
    Dan Stamford, CT, USA 11-18-05
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    "Disappointing"

    Enjoyed Gaiman's lyrical, frightening, surprising, gothic, informed comics work - but this opus is interminable nowhere "storytelling" of the most meandering kind. The main character does or achieves almost nothing, and is dense beyond words to the most evident connections and two by fours swirling around him as he journeys from diner to car to restaurant to car to kitchen table sandwich to car to...oh, and let's not leave out the redundant descriptions and cliched dialogue. There's a whole lotta nada happening here, and it's a long listen. The first time since I started listening to audio books that I missed the print book feature of skipping pages.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Athens, OH, United States 09-28-11
    Rachael Athens, OH, United States 09-28-11 Member Since 2013
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    "HORRID!!!!"

    And not in a good way. I'm not uptight about crudeness, but this is perhaps one of the crudest stories I've ever listened to. It seemed cpmpletely out of character from this author. I've read/listened to all his other books and really enjoyed them. So when I saw the poor reviews, I simply thought people were being overly sensitive-WRONG! I could not listen past the part 1 download. What was he thinking?!!!! I wish I could reapply my credit.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Sandoval 12-28-09
    A. Sandoval 12-28-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Unlike Anansi Boys, this was just crude"

    This book/audiobook is disgusting. I gave up part way in and refused to listen to any more. The author constantly uses foul language and very descriptive non-traditional sex to tell a story apparently not good enough to keep you interested if you are not drawn to the gutter. This is especially disappointing since the author did such a great job with Stardust and Anansi boys, and several other books.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Daphne 12-02-08
    Daphne 12-02-08
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    "Great Details."

    There is a lot of detail that shows his knowledge on the subject (gods) which makes it very interesting and compelling.
    Neat storyline that twists.
    Very fun.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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