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)
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"Not what I expected"
This book reminded me of the best parts of Stephen King. A fantastic plot overlaid on a very normal world backdrop.
"Well, now I'm hooked on audiobooks"
The story hooks you and the performance drives this by immersing you fully. From Gaiman's introduction you can tell how much passion, time and research has gone into this novel, and it shines through when listening.
There's a new-ish graphic novel that has some similar themes, it's called "The Wicked + The Divine"; it's a beautifully drawn and if you like the story here it's more great god-like mythos updated to present day.
I think it's the chraracter of Shadow that stood out most to me, more than a specific scene. So scenes where he's interacting with other big characters like Czernobog and Anansi were great.
While it's a fantastical story there's a lot of human comedy in there. It's quite powerful and you root and become attached to characters but all in all it's still pretty uplifting.
This was the first audio-book I got with Audible and I was sceptical about signing up,but after this I have to face it that I'm hooked now, I don't think there's any looking back. So it's needless to say that this rendition of American Gods alone has sold me on the audio-book medium.
"An unexpected plot and interesting concept."
Yes - engaging and plausible
The merry go round
No - too long.
I would read this again as its very descriptive.
"Gods be praised"
Other worldly, fascinating, unstoppable
I liked the way I found out about so many gods and so many of the cultures that are what America have become.
I thought it was performed really well - and enjoyed the history of the book. I especially liked the Jesus addition that was specifically for the audio book.
Gods be praised - or Gods be damned!
A great book and my first non illustrated Gaiman - a big jump from visual to aural - but I was captured just as much. The writer and actor paint the scenes so well - I felt I could see it all.
"Diverse, involving, with a driving plot that won't let you go"
The book: simply stunning.
The reading: wonderful tone, superb audio quality.
The 'extra bits': the added story, the meandering lends a greater sense of meaning to the book.
"A good (not great) fantasy novel"
The book was good, but I felt that it was going to be more epic than it was, the story dropped off for me towards the end.
I wanted to say something very short and sweet about this incredible book but I am compelled by the dictatorial 15 word limit set by the provider.
A most excellent book, I heartily recommend it.
"Already read it. Had to hear it."
Wonderful voice work. Every word is like good honey wine. Enjoy my friend.
"Excellent. Still fresh"
Excellent story and good narration. Still feels relevant after over ten years. Great to hear Neil Gaiman himself!
I would never ever have read this book, it just wouldn't have been my choice. My son in law bought it for me, I have thoroughly been kept intrigued and enraptured.
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