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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"didn't hold my interest "
I stuck with it until about half way at which point I had no interest in what happened next or cared about the characters. Its very rare that I don’t finish a book.
"Could have been such a good story."
Maybe. I thought the narration was excellent and the story had great potential.
The performances by all voices kept me listening. I would not have continued reading as a book.
A lot of the gods.
I really disappointed with this book. There was such great potential and it started off really well, but somewhere towards the end Gaiman lost the plot and the ending was just ridiculous. I found coming to America stories very interesting though.
"FAR too long winded with an under-whelming ending"
You expect a book with such a great build-up to have an ending that matches the rest of the story, but unfortunately it drags on, seems to go nowhere for ages, and then ends in a whimper rather than a "bang"
This could have done with some abridging to bring it's time down, and maybe even make the ending less winding, but this is just FAR too long
I adore Neil Gaiman most of the time, but this book is nowhere near his best work
None of this book is true except for some places, some persons and of course the God's they are real,
I listened to this driving over a number of long winter nights it is a dark and beautiful story, wonderfully read.
An incredible journey. Sprawling adventure that bring together the old countries and America. This book need time set aside to be heard, not for listening in parts. The characters are well developed, many are likeable and some you will loath. Shadow dances between old and new gods. Neil Paints masterpieces, unlike boy wizards author’s works with crayon!
This is the second book I tried of Neil Gaimann after I completed Neverwhere(highly recommended), I felt American Gods very disappointing. The book is too long to keep someone interested in the plot. The so many gods, some of them who dont have any purpose in the plot, makes things worse.
Not a great read.
"Fantastic from start to finish!"
Absolutely brilliant story expertly performed, couldn't stop listening! I can't wait to listen to more Neil Gaiman
"Ready to listen all over again"
This is a Fantastic story.
Can't wait to hear it again.
I absolutely loved this book.
must admit, i didn't like this book. It takes too long to get to the point and the point is disappointing.
Love the author, but getting through this was difficult.
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