We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$20.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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

What the Critics Say

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (104 )
5 star
 (59)
4 star
 (32)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.4 (98 )
5 star
 (59)
4 star
 (25)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.6 (98 )
5 star
 (70)
4 star
 (22)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Suzanne Brisbane, Australia 06-17-12
    Suzanne Brisbane, Australia 06-17-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  • Showing: 11-11 of 11 results PREVIOUS12NEXT
Sort by:
  • Alison
    Okehampton, United Kingdom
    6/19/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  • Richard
    Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
  • Philip
    Croydon, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
    Overall
    "FAR too long winded with an under-whelming ending"

    You expect a book with such a great build-up to have an ending that matches the rest of the story, but unfortunately it drags on, seems to go nowhere for ages, and then ends in a whimper rather than a "bang"

    This could have done with some abridging to bring it's time down, and maybe even make the ending less winding, but this is just FAR too long

    I adore Neil Gaiman most of the time, but this book is nowhere near his best work

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Delboy
    7/13/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  • J.Taylor
    6/3/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Superb book with side stories made of Gold"
    Where does American Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is way up there on my favorites and I can see myself listening to it time after time. The main story is excellent but there was some really enjoyable side stories which popup when you least expect them which really gives this book flavour. The author himself delivers a wonderful performance with some lovely contributing artists scattered throughout. You won't be able to put this one down, or at least, not for long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SeaEagle1453
    UK
    6/2/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A brilliant piece of inventive writing"
    What made the experience of listening to American Gods the most enjoyable?

    The plot was good and I like the way he wove in a variety of mythologies


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

    The point where Shadow works everything out - won't say more as I wouldn't want to spoilt it for anyone.


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

    I think they do a brilliant job between with Gaiman providing the spine of the story and Guidall the characterisation of individuals.


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

    The last interplay between Shadow and his wife.


    Any additional comments?

    A cracking book. I listen to it whilst I started to rehab after being ill, walking with Shadow and his American Gods helped me immensely. If I ever mean Gaiman I will buy him a pint. Subsequently I have listen to other books of his but still think this is his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms CT Clarke
    United Kingdom
    5/22/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic, funny, wonderful complete version."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is real-life based but with such a wonderful twist that it should appeal to fantasy and non-fantasy fans alike. The writing is clear, descriptive and flows seemingly effortlessly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shadow.

    Mainly because of George Guidall's interpretation of the voice.


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

    Neil ... Your intro went on too long. Sorry. But in the main both were fantastic. George Guidall in particular made this (the first story audiobook I've listened too) come alive more so than I'd thought possible.


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

    I'm not that emotional, but there were definitely a few laugh out loud moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    Royston, United Kingdom
    5/7/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This Audiobook is 'The One'."

    If you ever had to be convinced to listen to an audiobook, this would be the book to convert you wholeheartedly.

    I'll be honest the blurb was less than compelling but 3 separate friends made such impassioned recommendations that I felt obliged to at least listen to an hour. They were right to be so impassioned.

    The audiobook is introduced by the author and sets up the story perfectly.
    The narrators are remarkable and the story is refreshingly original, sharp and compelling.

    In turn, I have now recommended this audiobook to anyone who cares to listen to me for more than 2 minutes.
    After listening to over 100 audiobooks this is my standout favourite, for both story and production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-20 of 52 results PREVIOUS1236NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.