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.
"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)
I purchased this book after listening to "Anansi Boys" by the same author. Although I thought "Anansi Boys" was the better of the two, this was still an excellent book and I'd defintely recommend it. A caveat: the humor/storyline may be a bit dark for some, and I wouldn't recommend this book for people who are offended by 'adult' themes.
I read this book shortly after it was released and remembered that it was very enjoyable. I downloaded the audio book for my wife and I to listen to in the car during our daily commute. What I had forgotten was how dark and moody the book is...I don't thing my wife will ever forget it.
A very imaginative story with enough plot twists to keep it interesting. I had listened to the author's other book on Audible ("Anansi Boys"), and though this one lacked the humor in that book, I actually preferred it. The mixture of realism and fantasy, and the concept of parallel realities was reminicent of "The Stand", "Dr. Strange and Mr. Norrel" and "Wormwood". The author pulled it off well. The narrator was very engaging.
I'm in agreement with everbody else. This was a really good story. Anansi Boys, which was released after this one, is good too, and it is kind of a sequel. But this one had me taking notes to find out about all of the different Deities that are being referred to, and it was almost like an education in mythology. Anyways its really good.
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.
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.
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!!!!!
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.
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.
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