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.
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"Gaiman is a treasure house of story and we are lucky to have him." (Stephen King)
"Original and memorable"
Beautifully read this is a very unusual story that is unpredictable and intriguing. A great audiobook that I thoroughly recommend.
"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.
"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.
"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
A great telling of a classic book
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.
Great combination of story and storytelling
Can't recommend this audio book enough. My wife listened to it and I was a book widower for the week lol
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.
I have 2 - Shadows nonplussed reaction to chatting with his dead wife and the shock of one of the central characters fates.
Any scene with Czernobog in it. He made me laugh out loud all the time.
"Superb book with side stories made of Gold"
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.
"A brilliant piece of inventive writing"
The plot was good and I like the way he wove in a variety of mythologies
The point where Shadow works everything out - won't say more as I wouldn't want to spoilt it for anyone.
I think they do a brilliant job between with Gaiman providing the spine of the story and Guidall the characterisation of individuals.
The last interplay between Shadow and his wife.
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.
"Fantastic, funny, wonderful complete version."
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.
Mainly because of George Guidall's interpretation of the voice.
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.
I'm not that emotional, but there were definitely a few laugh out loud moments.
"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.
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