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American Gods Audiobook

American Gods

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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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    Monica Huntsville, AL, USA 02-25-06
    Monica Huntsville, AL, USA 02-25-06
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    "Odd but original"

    I love other things by Gaiman, which is what prompted me to try this one. Overall I enjoyed it, and will eventually get around to the sequel, but there were some scenes I found quite disturbing. There is one memorable episode of a very graphic sexual nature which was all the more disconcerting because it seemed to come out of nowhere. I tend to choose entertainment that is weird or quirky, but this got a little too weird even for me. And yet, the writing was good, it's full of interesting characters, and I have to give very high marks for an original story. Ultimately I liked it, but I can't exactly recommend it.

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    Amazon Customer 02-19-06
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    "Couldn't get through it"

    I tried and tried, but I couldn't get into this book. It just didn't seem to go anywhere, even though the premise seemed kind of neat. Maybe it got better, but I only got through about half the book. I like the writing style, however. And I liked the reader too.

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    Nancy Austin, TX, USA 02-19-06
    Nancy Austin, TX, USA 02-19-06
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    "Excellent fiction!"

    I became instantly immersed in the story, so much that, I found myself sneaking time to listen to even a few minutes when time was not alloted to the pure enjoyment of reading.
    The story captures one from the first and does not let go!! Highly recommended!!!!!

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    Nick Morris, CT, United States 02-16-06
    Nick Morris, CT, United States 02-16-06
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    "Excellent"

    Fun, mysterious, thought provoking. Was originally attracted to this author because of his friendship with Tori Amos.

    This is a surprising and engaging story with a light-hearted critique of our times.

    Would like to see moreof his work.

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    Kyle 01-05-06
    Kyle 01-05-06 Member Since 2016
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    "Not the Gunslinger, but...."

    Having listened to stephen King's Dark tower series, this book is a little weird. It is so similar. It may just be the influence of the narration. I kept expecting the main character to say,"gunslingers to me!".
    By the end of the book, I was enjoying it, but it is a little disjointed. All in all a good listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Santa Clara, CA USA 03-08-05
    Chuck Santa Clara, CA USA 03-08-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "Interesting story and great narration"

    I really enjoyed reading this story when it first came out. And I enjoyed it again years later listening to George Guidall's narrative. Mr. Guidall does a fantastic job! He employs several different voices well enough that you will recognize the character based on the sound of his/their voice. And he reads with great passion. Nice job Mr. Guidall!

    As for the story, it goes at a deliberate pace and envelops you in its fantastic world where Gods come into existence simply because we believe.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Alderman Spokane, WA USA 03-26-04
    Daniel Alderman Spokane, WA USA 03-26-04 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Satisfying"

    When I purchased American Gods, I was expecting to be disappointed. It sounded like such a great premise, how could someone NOT ruin it. I was, however, very pleasantly suprised! It scratched every literary itch I had. I really enjoyed every minute of it, and you will too.

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    Jonathan Larson Brooklyn Park, MN 01-17-04
    Jonathan Larson Brooklyn Park, MN 01-17-04 Member Since 2016

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    "Brilliant"

    This book is superbly written, and masterfully read. I had already read the paper book and was astonished to realize how poetic and eloquent the language throughout this book is. The story is extremely engaging while it explores the nature and consequences of belief through the characters of various mythological figures. If you are interested in mythology and enjoy a good road trip story, you can't miss this book. If you are not very well read or are easily offended by a few well written graphic scenes, then don't bother.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James BournemouthUnited Kingdom 11-18-03
    James BournemouthUnited Kingdom 11-18-03
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    "Marvellous"

    This is a fantastic book. There wasn't a single moment of it which I would change.

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    Maryanne Dexter, OR, USA 10-23-07
    Maryanne Dexter, OR, USA 10-23-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Boring and Crude"

    Waste of my money, time and interest. Couldn't finish it, tried to and tried when I HAD to listen to something and even then couldn't get through it.

    13 of 29 people found this review helpful

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