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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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    Vermont VT, USA 01-24-08
    Vermont VT, USA 01-24-08 Member Since 2014

    Amazon fan

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    "You have to get into it."

    It took multiple tries to get into this one. Giaman is a moving and wonderful author but sometimes he goes on…..and on…..and on…..such is the case with this one. However, the story is interesting and does come together right when you are thinking “WHAT?” to yourself. Overall 3+ stars.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Apex, NC, United States 11-30-07
    Tom Apex, NC, United States 11-30-07 Member Since 2004
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    "No plot, and no one cared"

    Imaging you are walking around one day and mystical things start happening to you, and a specific "person" appears to be behind it. If your the type of person who would just go on with life without asking obvious questions like "who are you", "why me", or "what the heck is going on", then this book is for you. Personally, I was so frustrated because I listened for hours and had no idea what was going on. I have never listened to a book for so long (maybe 8 hrs) and still didn't know the plot. It was made worse by the fact that the main character didn't seem to even care. He just plodded along as he met gods, saw things that couldn't ever happen, etc.

    Give me a Koontz novel anytime. Where people say "How could that happen?", and keep asking until its all explained, even if the answer is pure sci-fi.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Claire 08-08-07
    Claire 08-08-07
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    "A Good Story"

    I found this story difficult to hold my attention at first but I kept listening and in the end I enjoyed it tremendously.

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    Michael Janesville, WI, USA 07-08-07
    Michael Janesville, WI, USA 07-08-07
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    "good listen"

    this book reminded me a bit of "On A Pale Horse" and that series from Piers Anthony, only this has much more bite, it is more adult oriented. it was a bit slow in spots and I wish it would have focused more on the small wisconsin town, but all in all I am not disappointed in the least!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Fortune Louisville, KY United States 06-28-07
    John Fortune Louisville, KY United States 06-28-07 Member Since 2001

    Louisville John

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    "Well Written, Well Narrated, but ?????"

    Gaiman writes very well, I had no trouble understanding the story. The dialogue was interesting and the reader was great. But I didn't enjoy this book.

    Maybe I am dense and the story was over my head, but nothing grabbed me about this book. I was scratching my head most of the story kind of waiting for something to happen. If someone explained to me what specifically is good about the story itself, I would probably enjoy it a lot more.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    EOS 02-16-07
    EOS 02-16-07 Member Since 2016

    EOS

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    "Engaging story, masterful characterization"

    Gaiman takes an essentially absurd premise, that the old gods of the old world have found their way to the new and are literally dying for a revival movement, and makes you WANT to believe it, by presenting his story from the perspective of a not-entirely sympathetic but nonetheless loveable protagonist - Shadow. Shadow has become Odin's Administrative Assistant, and has become engaged in an elaborate con-game designed to wrest power from the new gods (TV, Money, Town, World, etc), and suffered personal tragedies that make this work seem palatable in comparison with returning to his day-to-day life. As the conflict builds, Shadow becomes aware that his own choices may indeed affect its resolution in ways that he is not certain he can control.

    Gaiman's writing is beautifullay paced, clean, and interesting. The book embeds several stories within itself, each as engaging as the overall plot. The characters are not only archtetypical, but believable and enchanting.

    The Audible version is very well performed, with the narrator giving each character their own consistent voiced personality.

    This is a great piece of post-modern fantasy, and the Audible version is well worth getting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Beck Chester, MA 01-29-07
    Paula Beck Chester, MA 01-29-07 Member Since 2015

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    "Not for me!!"

    Ughh, what a waste of a credit! I gave up 3/4 of the way through Part One. There was not a single character that I liked. This is obviously one of those either Love It of Hate It books, I just wish I had done a little more investigating into what OTHER books the rave reviewers liked. This is one of only two books I've purchased from Audible that I just couldn't finish.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sara GENEVA, IL, USA 11-30-06
    Sara GENEVA, IL, USA 11-30-06
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    "Certainly enjoyable"

    Read well and very entertaining. A different twist on old legends kept my interest on a long...long...long car ride. I am indebted to both author and reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frankie Chattanooga, TN, USA 10-28-06
    Frankie Chattanooga, TN, USA 10-28-06
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    "Just Plain Fun"

    I bought this book after I read the reviews, and found that it's been one of the best purchases I've made from Audible. The book is dark, and light, happy, and sad. If you like to let your imagination go, and look at life from someone elses view then you won't be disappointed with this book. The author doesn't leave you hanging out in the middle of nowhere on any of the characters, and you find yourself enjoying the characters (even the ones you don't like) because you can relate some part of each one of them to someone you know in your own life. This book was just plain fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doctor Haag 09-26-06
    Doctor Haag 09-26-06 Member Since 2009
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    "Is There A Point?"

    Over 3/4 of the way through and still find no point to the story. Narration was good.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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