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American Gods | [Neil Gaiman]

American Gods

After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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)2012 Headline Digital

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"Gaiman is a treasure house of story and we are lucky to have him." (Stephen King)

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  • Amazon Customer
    Faversham, United Kingdom
    2/3/15
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    "Long and rambling but absolutely gripping READ IT."

    I'm not quite sure why I was unable to stop listening to this audiobook. Perhaps it was my fascination with different mythologies but I think it is simply a great story on many levels. Shadow is a wonderful character, calm, generous, quiet, thoughtful, and he is as much acted upon as the actor in this drama. I loved him as I loved Wednesday and I believe they will travel with me for some time to come. I confess that I spent some time after listening to this googling the characters that I had not identified such as Chernobog. It is a long novel but I was really sad when it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Whitworth
    1/10/15
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    "Brilliant"

    As always Neil Gaiman's imaginings delighted, intrigued & amazed me. Vivid narration. Excellent listening experience

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    1/9/15
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    "Superb"
    What did you like most about American Gods?

    Not entirely what I was expecting, it was so much better. A great story and probably, no undoubtedly the best narrated book I have ever listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods?

    Laura, she is so full of surprises.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen, just for the narration, but its also a good story that mixes the present with the past in an easily understandable way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sebastian
    12/24/14
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    "This book has got character!"

    Mystifyingly captivating despite tenuous ramblings from time to time. It's an imaginative American road trip but which gives you a real sense of the people and places along the spiritual way. A story I doubt I will forget.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • paul llewellin
    12/11/14
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    "Could not put down!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Gods to be better than the print version?

    I preferred the audiobook because it allowed me to enjoy the book wherever I was gardening, driving even walking the dog!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact it was completely different to anything I had previously read/listened to. I really enjoyed the forward by Neil Gaiman and that is something I would probably never read myself but it gave a really good foundation for the rest of the book.


    What does Neil Gaiman and George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Some of the names of the characters are quite difficult to pronounce having them read to you made the experience effortless and enjoyable. Have the accents made you feel that the characters had come alive.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found the sub-story of the slave ship moving to Haiti and the subsequent revolution on the Island particularly moving due to the excellent description of the harrowing journey and the despicable treatment of the people.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book I found myself researching the different characters of the book when I turned it off. As Gaiman himself says in the forward it is so hard to pidgeon hole it into a particular genre, so don't, just sit back and enjoy what can only be described as a litery tour de force .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S.
    12/11/14
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    "Everything a story should be"
    What made the experience of listening to American Gods the most enjoyable?

    I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman,s work. I'd never read this before but it was a suggested title. I secretly listened to this at work, and was blown away by the plot. The odd mix of story and nuggets of myths was interesting. The evolving plot line gripping.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shadow or maybe Anansi. Shadow because he's the POV character you view the world of American Gods through. Anansi because he's got those big tiger balls!


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman and George Guidall ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to Neverwhere, And Stardust. I own some of the other books he's written. This is a favourite!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This stiry gripped me and I couldnt leave it alone. I felt everything shadow did, as he gradually becomes aware of the world in which this story is set.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should be made to hear this book! I even got my girlfriend into Neil Gaiman through this audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca Skelhon
    12/7/14
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would recommend this book. I only choose this book because I had heard of the author but hadn't read anything by him. I was pleased it was an easy listen and kept me involved in the story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought it was a good ending, not what I expected at all!


    What does Neil Gaiman and George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    They really bring the characters alive and gave them a voice that I wouldn't have had.


    Was American Gods worth the listening time?

    Yes it was! I would listen to it again and recommend it.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Lilly
    12/1/14
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    "Model Performance, Fine Book."

    The characterisations were rich and perfectly pitched, the narrator provided a fine setting for some extremely well judged acting by the voice artists, and I looked forward to the interludes where Neil Gaiman told a sidebar story. The tale that began "There was a girl, and her uncle sold her..." was beautiful. Beautiful and appalling. I listened to this talking book for four days running, back and forth on a two hour commute, and the fourth day I sat in my car outside my house to hear the end of the story. Very, very impressive. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rob S.
    11/30/14
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    "Very rewarding listening experience"
    Where does American Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I have listened to, a great journey through America and the history and beliefs of its immigrant population.


    What other book might you compare American Gods to, and why?

    Is it a road 'book', possibly, is it a mystery, possibly. Very hard to place this book, which is one of the reasons I found it so enjoyable and almost impossible to compare to other stories.


    What does Neil Gaiman and George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The different voices of all the characters (I believe that additional voice actors were involved) really brings the story to life.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Belief Isn't Everything


    Any additional comments?

    The first Neil Gaiman story that I have listened to and it certainly won't be the last, he populated this book with a vast array of very believable characters from all over the world. I hope that he will one day choose to continue the tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HollowSpy
    Somewhere in the UK
    11/18/14
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    "Different than most audiobooks"
    Where does American Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very highly


    What did you like best about this story?

    The voice acting - all of the audiobooks I have are read by one person, the different characters voiced by different actors made this have a little something extra that really suited the book.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Keep Believing


    Any additional comments?

    Read this years ago following a recommendation (so grateful!) and when wanting to spend a credit I saw the title on a random page. The immediate click was a good choice as the tale is very well told and I loved hearing it as much as I loved reading it.
    Gaiman produced a gem with this and it entertains and stimulates thought in equal balance. The characters are superb and the settings just so engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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