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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Although quite a thought provoking novel, I found this quite hard work as an audio book. The performances are great and readers well chosen. It's extremely long and meandering.
I persevered and got to the end, but found myself checking how long was left quite a lot!
Great book, just not my cup of tea.
"Best book I've listened to!"
A fantastic story narrated by a fantastic cast! One little bug bear I've had with audiobooks in general is that it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of which character is talking. Having different voices for each character made this feel so immersive.
"for readers that indulge in scenes over stories"
Excellent imagery detailing a human take on mythology placed in a fresh context. There are some stand out scenes accompanied by well thought out themes, however the overarching story feels unimportant. The book version of a Quentin Tarantino film.
"Wonderful story and really well narrated"
I loved the book and I really enjoyed how it was narrated. I found this audiobook really entertaining and could not stop listening to it. I just loved it. Brilliant
"Good for the most part"
It was an unusual writing style but well made and acted. Overall worth it I would say.
I love Gaiman's writing from word choice to plot line, and the cast did a fantastic job reading. I hope the TV show turns out as well.
"Wonderful, if long"
I think this would best listened to on a long trip or doing a project. I found it harder taken in the 15 or 20 bites that occur in my working days. Having said that, once I have that shape of time I will listen to it again, and I expect I will discover it all over again.
"Do yourself a favour, try it."
I've heard that this is very much a marmite story, personally I have always come down on the side of loving it.
Gaiman's story gives a warm, human face to each of the Gods he introduces you to. They are as fallible as they are magical and Shadow is one of my favourite literary characters.
With the new TV show on the horizon, this is a story that you really should try.
The narration is excellent throughout, and really adds to the scenes that are being played out rather than detracting from them.
Immersive experience provided by wonderful narration and cast with interesting additional content from the author.
a whirlwind of a story. neil gaimans imagination is a wonderous thing. a tale of gods that are more real and human than any other tale will tell. i got the paper back but couldn't put it down. so i got the audio so i didn't have to.
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