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)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
"Gaiman is a treasure house of story and we are lucky to have him." (Stephen King)
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"exceptional... a true new fairytale masterpiece"
quite possibly the most engaging and innovative new fairytale I have read, beutifull,thoughtfull, wonderfull, literaly)
"I love this reading!"
Having read the novel, probably my favourite book, several times I was apprehensive about this, but it was absolutely brilliant. Highly recommended.
"Brilliant from start to finish "
Gaiman is a modern master and this is some of his finest work. The performance is one of the best Audible records I've heard, if not the best. Can't recommend it enough.
"A great achievement. A new take on Gods"
the casting was amazing. Shadow and Wednesday were a great pairing. I loved the story. it was very involved but doesn't try to be too clever. only read if you can use your imagination as some of the dream sequences are as expected, weird and wonderful.
"A fantastic multi cast delivery of a great fantasy"
Neil Gaiman proves to be as excellent a narrator as he is an author and with a well selected cast to deliver dialogue, this audio edition of American Gods leaves the listener spellbound.
This is a witty, intelligent story that is totally gripping and cleverly written. The best stories are those that create pictures in your mind and I feel that I have been on this road trip. The characterization is superb. George Guidall's delivery is excellent. I loved the concept of this story.
I first listened to this story 2 years ago and I rate it as the best audio book I have downloaded so far.
"Percy Jackson this ain't..."
Definitely yes. There are so many hidden meanings in the book and clever symbolism, hence it would be fun to scratch the surface more.
interesting female characters which add colours to this complicated story.
It's great to listen to an audiobook read by an author and having a second narrator makes it more interesting, as the book becomes more like a play.
Actually not. The book requires a lot of attention to details, so it was good to pace the listen.
Cleverly written and enjoyable book. If you read 'Neverwhere' and enjoyed it, this book is for you.
"Too Strange For Me"
Obviously well written but for me far too strange and referential a story to be enjoyable
"Editors are there for a reason"
Amazing story - but a bit slow at times. The editor made the right decision in cutting out certain bits in the original novel. Still it added to the original edited version which I read a while ago and generally very much enjoyed.
great from start to finish, can't wait to see if the film will do it justice.......I doubt it.
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