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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"a meandering, captivating listen"
A bit of a slow burn, then over all at once. Well written and quite enjoyed it.
"Wonderfully strange meandering story. Loved it."
Hooked me from the first line. Following Shadow's journey through this semi imaginary America was a joy. Just a pity it had to end.
This will if done correctly be a fantastic tv series but the book needs a sequel we need to know what happened to shadow
"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.
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!
"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
"outstanding! full cast is superb!"
cast is superb and the story gripping, insightful and funny., must listen for any Gaiman fan.
Cast were great. The main narrator was a little bland and unemotional, but clear and understandable. In general a good liaten
It was great to have a number of voices reading the text, very much brought it alive.
I quite liked the uncertainty about who the Gods were and how the relationships developed. It hade something new going on most of the time.
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