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American Gods | [Neil Gaiman]

American Gods

After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But 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.
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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)2012 Headline Digital

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

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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Brilliantly written but just plods along"

    I can't help but feel more should've happened in this book or more explanation. The characters are great and the world they live in but I don't know. It just.... lacked. Its a shame cause the audio is amazing. Different actors for every voice and each great. I hope this becomes the benchmark for audiobooks. It really is a great performance but as I said the story just isn't all there for me.

    1 of 1 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Cazzola
    9/14/14
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    "a long eventfull walk, worth taking."
    What did you like most about American Gods?

    The fullness of the charecters, mythalogical and not, dragged you in and tied you in to them. And it stayed with you. The authors notes we're surprisingly wlecome. rarley the case but the man, obiuosly fits the storey, sorry Neil, I mean nice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shadow, obviously. I think.


    What does Neil Gaiman and George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Cant say. sorry


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The tree scene was very good. All quite vivid though


    Any additional comments?

    Read, listen. do

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    9/2/14
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    "Interesting but also waffling, incoherent, flawed"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman's but this particular book left me feeling empty and curiously detached. It's as if the oft quoted criticism thrown at Shadow - that he is essentially not alive - somehow pervades the whole book, creating an air of despondency, even depression.


    What was most disappointing about Neil Gaiman’s story?

    Obscure gods left to die in an uncaring country perhaps not the most sparkling of plot devices.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman and George Guidall – was your favourite?

    George Guidall's voice acting is superb throughout - the stand-out character being Wednesday.


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

    Maybe - as an piece of offbeat film-making, but I doubt it would hold a viewer's attention across a TV series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Haddock
    England UK
    8/3/14
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    "Different"
    What made the experience of listening to American Gods the most enjoyable?

    The twists of the story, the way Shadow is confident and able to handle himself.


    What other book might you compare American Gods to, and why?

    Maybe The Long Dark Teamtime of the Soul by Douglas Adams, but this is WAY more dark.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I didn't like the way different characters read the parts. Its a novel, not a play. Neil Gaiman should've read it, he would have done justice to the parts.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "It's not a good idea to spend a lot of time behind the scenes"


    Any additional comments?

    Not like any other Neil Gaiman book I've read or listened to. A lot more dark.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delboy
    7/13/14
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    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to American Gods the most enjoyable?

    A great telling of a classic book


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

    Gaiman has great ranges to his storytelling but can lean more towards a more children's book storytelling. All my kids (mostly teenagers and above now) have read his books. However American Gods is an adult title through and through. Great charaters sometimes bizare story lines but always engaging and thought provoking.


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

    Great combination of story and storytelling


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Can't recommend this audio book enough. My wife listened to it and I was a book widower for the week lol


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. Mould
    Sheffield, England
    6/9/14
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    "Modern Classic"
    What did you like most about American Gods?

    I just loved the general feel of the whole thing, the desperation of the old gods, the seediness of their situations, the fact that I would certainly have believed that this was all some sort of fever dream in Shadows head.


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

    I have 2 - Shadows nonplussed reaction to chatting with his dead wife and the shock of one of the central characters fates.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Any scene with Czernobog in it. He made me laugh out loud all the time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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