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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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    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
  • Thomas Whitworth
    1/10/15
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    "Brilliant"

    As always Neil Gaiman's imaginings delighted, intrigued & amazed me. Vivid narration. Excellent listening experience

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    1/9/15
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    "Superb"
    What did you like most about American Gods?

    Not entirely what I was expecting, it was so much better. A great story and probably, no undoubtedly the best narrated book I have ever listened to.


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

    Laura, she is so full of surprises.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen, just for the narration, but its also a good story that mixes the present with the past in an easily understandable way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sebastian
    12/24/14
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    "This book has got character!"

    Mystifyingly captivating despite tenuous ramblings from time to time. It's an imaginative American road trip but which gives you a real sense of the people and places along the spiritual way. A story I doubt I will forget.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dave
    12/18/14
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    "Epic"

    None of this book is true except for some places, some persons and of course the God's they are real,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • paul llewellin
    12/11/14
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    "Could not put down!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Gods to be better than the print version?

    I preferred the audiobook because it allowed me to enjoy the book wherever I was gardening, driving even walking the dog!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact it was completely different to anything I had previously read/listened to. I really enjoyed the forward by Neil Gaiman and that is something I would probably never read myself but it gave a really good foundation for the rest of the book.


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

    Some of the names of the characters are quite difficult to pronounce having them read to you made the experience effortless and enjoyable. Have the accents made you feel that the characters had come alive.


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

    I found the sub-story of the slave ship moving to Haiti and the subsequent revolution on the Island particularly moving due to the excellent description of the harrowing journey and the despicable treatment of the people.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book I found myself researching the different characters of the book when I turned it off. As Gaiman himself says in the forward it is so hard to pidgeon hole it into a particular genre, so don't, just sit back and enjoy what can only be described as a litery tour de force .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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