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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"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.
As always Neil Gaiman's imaginings delighted, intrigued & amazed me. Vivid narration. Excellent listening experience
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.
Laura, she is so full of surprises.
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.
"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.
"Could not put down!"
I preferred the audiobook because it allowed me to enjoy the book wherever I was gardening, driving even walking the dog!
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.
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.
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.
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 .
"Everything a story should be"
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.
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!
I've listened to Neverwhere, And Stardust. I own some of the other books he's written. This is a favourite!
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.
Everyone should be made to hear this book! I even got my girlfriend into Neil Gaiman through this audiobook!
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.
I thought it was a good ending, not what I expected at all!
They really bring the characters alive and gave them a voice that I wouldn't have had.
Yes it was! I would listen to it again and recommend it.
"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.
"Very rewarding listening experience"
One of the best books I have listened to, a great journey through America and the history and beliefs of its immigrant population.
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.
The different voices of all the characters (I believe that additional voice actors were involved) really brings the story to life.
Belief Isn't Everything
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.
"Different than most audiobooks"
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.
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.
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