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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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