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American Gods Audiobook

American Gods

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Gaiman is a treasure house of story and we are lucky to have him." (Stephen King)

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    Gill Palmerston North, New Zealand 02-19-14
    Gill Palmerston North, New Zealand 02-19-14

    I like good books, I will follow a good author and i listen to friends recommendations. Love audio books and am fascinated and learning.

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    "Audio verses reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Gods to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods?

    I like the believable blend of reality and fantasy - Like George McDonald (?) C S Lewis


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    Matthew 01-19-13
    Matthew 01-19-13
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    "Great book, read expertly"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Totally. American Gods is one of my favourite books, which is brought to life in this edition by Guidall.


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    David 12-30-12
    David 12-30-12
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    "Perfection in Story Telling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is one that will be recommended to anyone and everyone I think holds any interest in fantasy, mystery, superheroes, horror or just the peculiar and interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods?

    Most mystery novels lack the ability to be read more than once. Not so with this book. There is so much that goes into this book, knowing the end would not distract from the powerful imagery, depth of exploration into myth, and the gripping character relationships. So much happens in this book that one listen would not be enough. I genuinely loved every moment of this well told story.


    What about Neil Gaiman and George Guidall ’s performance did you like?

    The reading is spot on that provides the right pacing for the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Remove your shoes, this theatre is sacred ground.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 12-28-12
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 12-28-12 Member Since 2016

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "An interesting tale and well read"

    This is an interesting story and the narration is very well done. However I did not find the story to be moving and once over the initial premise it just plods along at a relaxed pace. So yes it was good, but not the brilliance I was expecting from the other reviews.

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    Sarandos Johannesburg, South Africa 11-07-12
    Sarandos Johannesburg, South Africa 11-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Flawless!!"
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    American Gods has been an amazing book since the day it was published, but this 10th anniversary production has resulted in the best audiobook I have ever heard. Perfect narrators, flawless character voices, seamless production - all doing justice to as rich a story and set of characters as you could ever hope for - set in the beatifully crafted attic spaces of America that those of us who don't live there love to read about and imagine. Thank you Mr. Gaiman and all those who put this production together, this is a new standard in audiobooks and it has made my life richer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ratna Northam, Australia 09-19-12
    ratna Northam, Australia 09-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant Listen"
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    Tight plot, great characters, very Neil Gaiman, some are definitely warped and disgusting, the bad guys/good guys interplay is clever, the spiritual journey personified, America is mocked in an offbeat way and as always Mr Gaiman, thank you for the magic.

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    Stuart 07-12-12
    Stuart 07-12-12
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    "The best book I have ever listened to"

    This book was totally captivating. It is flawlessly constructed and very clever, without being unaccessably highbrow. Often when listening to audiobooks my mind will drift off elsewhere, but that didn't happen once during American Gods which is a huge compliment to the quality of Neil Gaiman's writing.
    Adding to the experience was the excellent performance of the narrator, George Guidall, whose voice for each character perfectly captured every one. I will be looking for more books where he has been the narrator - just excellent!

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    Suzanne Brisbane, Australia 06-17-12
    Suzanne Brisbane, Australia 06-17-12
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    "eh!"

    I love this book, but fair warning this version is not actually read by Neil Gaiman as it suggests in the audible info. The narrator's voice is a bit bland.

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  • Alison
    Okehampton, United Kingdom
    6/19/13
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    "Original and memorable"

    Beautifully read this is a very unusual story that is unpredictable and intriguing. A great audiobook that I thoroughly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shainnif
    Newark, United Kingdom
    4/10/13
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    "Brilliant"

    Having heard great things about this book, I decided to go back and have a listen.



    Neil Gaiman easy style draws you through this vast; meandering; monster of a novel.



    George Guidall does a great job with the main narrative and Gaiman's asides around the history of various minor gods is engaging.



    A great audio book of a great novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "My new favourite book"

    I'd listened to the Anansi Boys narrated by Lenny Henry and loved it, knowing at the time that it was vaguely connected to American Gods, but Lenny was the draw.



    Don't know why but I wasn't particularly drawn to American Gods, but after constant recommendations I thought I'd seek out the audiobook. Initially I was put off by the reviews regarding the narration, but decided to proceed with caution.



    The narration is perfect for the book and kept me entertained from chapter to chapter, an absolute pleasure to listen too.



    The story itself is so full personality. I became attached to many of the characters, but none more so than Shadow. I was upset when it ended and I hope to enter into that world again soon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    8/1/12
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    "Outstanding"

    Gripping tale filled with believable and engaging characters. It is clear that this was a work of love for Gaiman, one of my favourite books of all time.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • andy
    northwich, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "well read, great book"

    I hadn't read the book itself in a long while and noticed it on here so thought id give it a go. Still a great book and a really good audio book too!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Dunstable, United Kingdom
    10/23/12
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    "Gaiman's Best Work."

    I suppose this is a road trip book of sorts. And a book about belief. As would be expected from a Neil Gaiman book it's a tad surreal and it leaves a taste in the brain. On a trip to the States years after first reading it I came across road signs for the House On The Rock and had to visit, my pilgrimage, pay my respects. It was quite as bonkers as I'd imagined.



    The narration and the voices, most particularly Shadow (the main character), are perfect. It flows like honey and captivates quite as much as the words did upon first reading.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Pippa
    UK
    7/28/13
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    "Great dramatisation - but tooooooo long"
    Would you try another book written by Neil Gaiman or narrated by Neil Gaiman and George Guidall ?

    yes I would (but one which his editor had shortened!)


    If you’ve listened to books by Neil Gaiman before, how does this one compare?

    I think the dramatisation of this one was better than the other I've listened to.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman and George Guidall ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I think the dramatisation of this one was better than the other I've listened to.


    Could you see American Gods being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Yes, no idea


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good story, very well dramatised and narrated. However it is the author's own version, in which he states he has added a lot that the publisher cut out. Sorry, but I think the publisher was right to delete sections - it was overall too long and would have benefited from the editing/cutting.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • D. M. York
    Manchester, UK
    3/10/17
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    "Superbly performed, but pointless"

    I really struggled with this audiobook, eventually I got just past halfway and then gave up.

    Not that the story is in any way badly written, indeed it is splendidly written and the narration is probably the best I have heard of Audible with an excellent cast. However this has not been enough to recover the meandering and seemingly pointless story.

    It got to halfway through and I was not even sure of what was happening or indeed whether the story was going anywhere. The book had a very promising start and seemed to introduce some very interesting characters, though after a while it just felt that the characters were moving around pointlessly. The deciding factor for me was that by halfway I had no clue what was going on at all and much more than this, I didn't care.

    Perhaps this is a book that you really need to focus on, though since I do most of my listening either at the gym or in the car, it's perhaps too involved for my taste.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MR P R DRAKE
    12/7/16
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    "Wonderful"

    Great performances. Wonderful story. Deeply satisfying experience and engrossing story that will stay with me. Recommend highly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rhiannon
    12/3/16
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    "brilliant !"

    my first Audiable listen,i was slightly daunted by the lenght of this book but soon found it flying by.Very well written and read .Can't wait for the film now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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