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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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    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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    Daniel Dyck Vancouver, BC 04-30-08
    Daniel Dyck Vancouver, BC 04-30-08 Member Since 2016

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    "Be Careful"

    Normally, I love Neil Gaiman's writing. He's a great story teller. Consequently, it saddens me to say that I did not enjoy this book. The story was intriguing, the narration well done but the vulgarity and language was unrelenting. I can appreciate the need for occasional profanity to underscore or emphasize feeling but this was ridiculous.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 03-13-08
    Paul 03-13-08 Member Since 2012
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    "This F-N book"

    I have listened to 3 other Neil books Anansi Boys, Neverwhere and Stardust, All awesome! This book however is nothing but "F@#$ this", "F@#$ that" "I will F-N Kill you". The the F word is used way to often. I think that if you took the F word out of just the first hour of the book it would have only played for 30 min!! Way to much.. I don't mind books that use the F word but this book seems to use it for every 3rd word. Way to F-N much! Skip this book, Neil has way to many really good books.

    11 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Randy aurora, CO, USA 09-15-07
    Randy aurora, CO, USA 09-15-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Sexually explicit"

    I listened to about 2-3 hours of the audible and though I like the story line and the narration I find the sexual overtones and comparisons to life offensive. Because of that I reject the book. I am not a prude and read / listen to many books and even those with these themes; for it seems that most books contain to degree sexual material, nonetheless this one goes beyond the mark. Audible was good at refunding credit and I herald their customer service. I just wish there was better reviews before purchasing.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    PJ in RC 09-12-06
    PJ in RC 09-12-06 Listener Since 2004
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    "How boring can you stand."

    This story just goes nowhere, and drags on and on. Obviously this is a story that you love or hate.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Reece Provo, UT, USA 10-06-08
    Reece Provo, UT, USA 10-06-08
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    "Disappointing"

    This is the third of Geiman's books I've read/listened to and I was extremely disappointed. The story is slow and interrupted by revolting interludes. It definitely had potential, but it just drags on and on without really getting anywhere. Also, I did not appreciate the explicit sex scenes, and there are plenty of them. NOT his best work, not by a long shot

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob S Junkin 03-22-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Trying to Like it..."

    Can't seem to really like any of the characters...story is OK tho...

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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