After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the days, then the hours, then the seconds until his release tick away, he can feel a storm building. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in apparently adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr. Wednesday, claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god, and the king of America.
Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But they are being pursued by someone with whom Shadow must make his peace.... Disturbing, gripping, and profoundly strange, Neil Gaiman's epic new novel sees him on the road to finding the soul of America.
©2001 Neil Gaiman (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
"Gaiman is a treasure house of story and we are lucky to have him." (Stephen King)
Movie loving Brit living Down Under. Anything 'end of the world' themed usually gets my attention, but The Stand has yet to be beat.
An absolute modern classic book evolves into an absolute modern classic audiobook. Gaiman is one of my favourite authors (write more, damn you!) and American Gods is maybe his finest work. This is pretty much my favourite audiobook thus far.
I listen to audiobooks on my 2 hour commute to work every day. Favourite authors include Michael Connelly, Stephen King, and D J Molle
The characters in American Gods are interesting and the reading performance is superb. American Gods deals with the weird, the strange, and the unreal - all of which I like. However, I also like stuff to actually happen, and this novel kept me waiting too long between the main events. The plot was too slow moving for my liking. It kept me interested until the end, but only barely.
One of the best books I've ever written. The best part of the book (for me) was when Shadow was tied up on the tree - I could visualise everything and felt like I was right there with him experiencing every single thing he was going through.
By day I write non-fiction as a journo. By night I listen to sci-fi fantasy, teen fiction & anything by Neil Gaiman. The weirder the better.
American Gods is weird and wild trip through the USA with quirky characters on the way. I love this audiobook so much I've listened to it three times and always been surprised to discover new nuances, a forgotten fable or unexpected plot twist. The performances by the narrators are superb as they become the procession of characters in Gaiman's epic novel. This isn't necessarily a battle of good against evil but more a fight between old and new gods. The main character Shadow, is easy to like. He's a noble man but other characters are strongly flawed, which makes them deliciously terrible. This is not just the best of Gaiman's book, it's also my favourite novel of all time (so far). Listen and let yourself get lost in a warped fantasy about lost and new gods.
I expected more of this novel as I loved Good Omens & the Sandman series. It wasn't funny like Good Omens & it didn't have that same high fantasy quality as Sandman. But it was pretty good - the really morbid bits were my favourite, they were edgy. I enjoyed the performances though I thought many of the female voices were breathy & overdone. But this is not a women's book - it borderline failed the Bechdel test. I can only think of one sustained
conversation between women & it was mainly about Shadow. I felt some of the 'ethnic legends' sections were a bit co-opted, too. The idea that the gods were with the slaves in Santo Domingo but that people didn't have enough belief in mainland America (for a revolt) was super dodgy.
Overall a bit disappointing but pretty good fun.
Yes. Fascinating story, brilliant narration. What is not to like?
Master and Margarita. The only theme the two books share is of God/Devil doing crazy things in our world. Other than that, they are very different.
I loved the scenes involving Mr. Ibis.
Spolier - Wednesday's death. I did not see that coming, and it left me feeling sad. I kept hoping it is a mistake, maybe the author will bring him back. He did in a sense, but not in the same way.
Kudos to the narrator. I have become a fan.
I like good books, I will follow a good author and i listen to friends recommendations. Love audio books and am fascinated and learning.
Im learning about the medium of audio books and It reminds me of radio plays when i was young. This is a different reading experience, and this book would have been slightly better for me in print, in order to follow the characters involved. Apart from that excellent in all respects, an inspired writer.
I like the believable blend of reality and fantasy - Like George McDonald (?) C S Lewis
Totally. American Gods is one of my favourite books, which is brought to life in this edition by Guidall.
"I love this book"
I have to admit that when I first read the paper version I found it hard going for about 50 pages - but then.... I was lost in it. Now read it once and listened to it twice. It's fantasy on a grand scale and wonderful.
I like the audio narrators and other players. Great choice of voices. I thoroughly recommend this book.
I really enjoyed the narration of the book, the voices were believable and very vivid. I adore everything by Neil Gaiman and this does not disappoint on the anthromorphic personification front, it's equal parts murder mystery, psychogeographical exploration of America, and beautiful imagery. I would recommend this book to people. especially this reading it really is great.
"Perfect Adaptation of a Wonderful Tale"
American Gods was the first unabridged audio book I ever listened to and I have to say, I feel spoiled by the experience. Instead of having a solitary narrator, the book employs an ensemble cast and almost feels like a radio play at times. It's incredibly well acted and I got through the 19 plus hour recording in far fewer days than I thought I would.
The story is as compelling as it's been since it's release in paper form (with a "As good as Stephen King or your money back!" guarantee, no less), although I believe that was a marketing gimmick. It revolves around ex-con, Shadow and his journey across an otherworldly version of America where remnants of past beliefs are fighting to survive in the face of modern times. The text is masterfully written, thought provoking and at times disturbing, which is what one would expect from the creator of the Sandman comics.
"Neil Gaiman at his best"
Of all the audiobooks I've listened to so far this is by far the best. Actually, of all the books I've read so far, this is the best.
The plot is fascinating with brilliant echoes of old Gods and mythology intertwined with new Gods based on Gaiman's brilliant insights into modern day culture.
Having listened to a number of his works, this is still by far my favourite. A must read!
"Weird and wonderful."
I love the other worldly feel of Gainman's writing. A story that pulls you in and keeps you involved.
"A journey into the real heart of America"
Possibly one of the few novels to really get to the heart of America, both literally and metaphorically, and yet is written by an Englishman. A beautifully visual journey for the imagination on the premise of the existence of gods, brought to America by each successive wave of immigrants. These largely forgotten deities are in conflict with the new, modern gods that mankind has subconsciously created through its adoration of technology and wealth. Against this background Shadow, recently released convict, is dragged unwillingly into this Gotterdammerung. A fantastic novel in the literal sense; I challenge anyone not to be drawn into a world where Djinn drive taxi cabs, the Queen of Sheba is a whore, and a man called Wednesday is making plans for war.
This audiobook version is well-performed and mesmerising. I listen in the car to and from work and anywhere else I'm going and I found this to be the highlight of my day; I couldn't wait to be listening to more of Shadow's story.
You've got me there. It is unlike any other book I've read or listened to. Except maybe something by Neil Gaiman!
I have listened to most of Neil Gaiman's books and this is by far the best. Not to belittle what else Neil has done but using George and other cast members as well leant this audiobook a really compelling atmosphere.
My review title!
"Great Premise Promise - Dreadful Delivery"
The other book I've read by the author is Good Omens - because of the Terry Pratchett association... I picked this one up because of the reviews; being on special offer always helps; in the mood for something a bit different....
I don't want to ruin the plot so won't mention it other than it is entertaining and rich with characters; can be thought provoking - back to the mention of premise in the heading; definitely surreal in places - most places; humourous - but I didn't laugh out loud. There is a set of vignettes - not directly associated with the plot but relating to the overall theme; they have little value - only serving as damp morality tales, tending to wallow in self pity.... Knowing what I know now, I'd happily press next chapter and save myself a couple of hours misery.
The narrator comes across as being very dull and suffers from a serious monotone problem - it brings the whole thing right down for me; listen to some excerpts before you leap in and make sure he's not going to do the same thing for you... I think he might be trying to achieve the private eye narrative a la the old Raymond Chandler black and whites - but lacking any of the charm or style - a great shame I thought.
very good. this is the special long version. could have been cutdown but still good!
"Well, that has me totally confused"
I have now reached the end of chapter 28, I have ABSOLUTELY NO idea what this story is about - I keep going back to check out the synopsis - which seems barely related to what I have been reading.
The second part of my confusion - is that this very odd book has got so many wonderful reviews - I have enjoyed previous Neil Gaiman novels - specifically Anansi boys - which I loved, but I cannot decide whether to waste my time listening to the latter half of this book, or just to cut my losses and ditch it!
There doesn't seem to be any thread running through the novel, it is disjointed and totally meaningless - as I say I am totally confused by this book.
"Chilled out Shadow"
Loved this book and thoroughly enjoyed the many voices George has at his disposal. Quite right to leave Jesus out, great choice as it added little value and just asked more questions. Shadow and Jesus could be a story in itself if NG dared😄
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