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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
  • 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
  • S.
    12/11/14
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    "Everything a story should be"
    What made the experience of listening to American Gods the most enjoyable?

    I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman,s work. I'd never read this before but it was a suggested title. I secretly listened to this at work, and was blown away by the plot. The odd mix of story and nuggets of myths was interesting. The evolving plot line gripping.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shadow or maybe Anansi. Shadow because he's the POV character you view the world of American Gods through. Anansi because he's got those big tiger balls!


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

    I've listened to Neverwhere, And Stardust. I own some of the other books he's written. This is a favourite!


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

    This stiry gripped me and I couldnt leave it alone. I felt everything shadow did, as he gradually becomes aware of the world in which this story is set.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should be made to hear this book! I even got my girlfriend into Neil Gaiman through this audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca Skelhon
    12/7/14
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would recommend this book. I only choose this book because I had heard of the author but hadn't read anything by him. I was pleased it was an easy listen and kept me involved in the story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought it was a good ending, not what I expected at all!


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

    They really bring the characters alive and gave them a voice that I wouldn't have had.


    Was American Gods worth the listening time?

    Yes it was! I would listen to it again and recommend it.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Lilly
    12/1/14
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    "Model Performance, Fine Book."

    The characterisations were rich and perfectly pitched, the narrator provided a fine setting for some extremely well judged acting by the voice artists, and I looked forward to the interludes where Neil Gaiman told a sidebar story. The tale that began "There was a girl, and her uncle sold her..." was beautiful. Beautiful and appalling. I listened to this talking book for four days running, back and forth on a two hour commute, and the fourth day I sat in my car outside my house to hear the end of the story. Very, very impressive. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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