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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I dipped into reading this book years ago, been meaning to get back to read it since then but not getting around to it. this complete edition is excellent, performances solid, really enjoyable and I hope Neil Gaiman does return to Shadow's adventures one day
"The No 1 Audiobook"
The same reason I have watched Bladerunner at least 20 times it's a masterpiece
BBC Pilgrim series , which is utterly brilliant
The cast, were all superb
Didn't laugh or cry, but always entranced.
Audiobooks like this could be the big moneymakers,obviously expensive to produce but IMHO worth the investment. I would pay twice the price for a dramatised version over a narrated audiobook.
"This is how audio books should be"
This how a audiobook should sound like if using multiple voice actors to do the multiple characters...A Song of Ice and Fire series should take note.
I had heard about this book from friends and the story and performances took me on a journey with Shadow . it had my imagination going as I listened walking to and from work and hope somewhere down the line we do here from Shadow again.
Check out the trailers for the forthcoming TV show based on the book . I hope they do it justice.
I loved the narration of this story so much, it was exactly how I imagined the characters when I read this a number of years ago. It's the most important thing for me when listening to an audio book, and the pace and tone were absolutely perfect for the storyline! I didn't want it to end.
"For those who wish to ride a thunderbird."
There's a place that sits inside the human mind, a place where the myths and the stories go, a place in the mind between the real and the perceived. This book explores that place, and takes you on a journey through an imagined America; where the Queen of Sheba is a devout prostitute making her clients worship her before feasting on them, where Odin is a two-bit hustler always on the con, but always on the lookout for something bigger, and Easter is a minor celebrity with a complex about her fame and reputation. American Gods has everything from a doom-laden romance, and a small town mystery, to a comedy of errors and a tragic death with big consequences, it also has vignettes that explore gods and our relationships with them, and a foreword and afterword by the author. I'd say its one of, if not the best book Neil Gaiman has written to date; there are perhaps many better written books, but not many better told stories :)
"It's a pretty decent novel. can be a bit of a slog"
Neil Gaiman I'd a professional. the quintessential working author. however this book is really long.
Yes!! Definitely. It was such a joy to listen to it i'd love to do it again. I read the book years ago and always wanted to reread it because I loved the story. Now I can do it easily with audible.
There are too many characters to pick! It's a huge cast. And quite often you'd find yourself liking a character and then a twist! and you'd see them in another light.
I loved the whole book but in particular with this audible edition I enjoyed the little bits narrated by Neil Gaiman. The bits that weren't really connected to the plot, but did have relevance to it. I just love listening to Neil Gaiman. And those bits were gold.
I found it very difficult to stop, yes. It's a long book so was pretty impossible to listen to in one sitting, but i'd find myself cleaning the house just to listen to a bit more of it.
It's about the Gods of old, and the new Gods, and them trying to survive altogether in America. And about one guy, Shadow, who gets mixed up in all of it.
I've never taken the time to write a book review before. I felt I had to write a brief one for this book (and I have read many books, over 49 years – science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction etc) – it is simply the best book I've ever read (heard)! I did not want it to end... I have become a real fan of Neil Gaiman :-)
I brought this after falling in love with Neverwhere (if you haven't read or listened to it...do!) and it's just as good if not better.
When I started it, the length seemed daunting but as it started to reach the end I was wishing it never would!
The performances are great and the story is really very good!
"Conveluted - listen carefully"
I listen on double/triple speed and this book is too intricate and fast paced for that.
Additionally the story dragged a bit, it was funny and engaging in areas but towards the end I found myself getting bored.
Gaiman is a fantastic author but this isn't my favourite of his.
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