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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"Dark and pretty creepy!"
Superbly dark and wildly misunderstood. Full of strange and obscure twists, it's hard to know where to turn. Worth a listen!
The first book by Gaiman I've read, and it's beautiful. I love the fusion of mythology and modern day, and the way he writes combined with excellent narration makes this a fabulous listen.
"A bit heavy going"
Well, I made it to the end but it was a bit heavy going and confusing. I wasn't sure where on earth it was going for the first half of the book and I'm not sure where it got to at the end. interesting idea for a book. I can imagine some will LOVE it but I'm not sure....
"An interesting book."
I quite enjoyed this book, I think it would benefit from another listen to pick up all the little subtle bits I possibly missed but overall enjoyable.
"One of the most absorbing books I've ever read."
No one writes like Neil Gaiman. A beautifully written, rich story that makes you want more. I believe in Anansi and Shadow and can't wait for him to return to America.
Really brilliant! Voice actors fit the characters so well. This has made my journeys to/from work so much more enjoyable over the last few weeks.
"Decent if this is your type of genre"
I Was recommended this by a friend. I quite enjoyed it, but not to my personal taste.
The storyline was pretty good
"wish I'd bought this sooner!"
This story was brought alive by the superb cast and production values. The author is a genius.
"A classic in its own right"
American Gods is by far one of the best audio books I have listened to in a long time. The level of production and acting surpasses many other releases.
Shadows journey from page one is of mystery and wonder. By the time you read that last page you will be begging Mr.Gaiman to return to this world as fast as he can.
George Guidall reads the majority of the book while Neil Gaiman reads his favourite parts. The real magic is in the narration provided by fans from around the world. I have yet to listen to a audio production with so big a cast.
American Gods, is time to look past the veil
This is Neils best work. You are missing out greatly if you haven't tried it
It had some good moments but in whole I didn't enjoy it.
Recommended by a friend but it was really not my kind of book. Very rambly and I found it hard to connect with the characters. The voices were quite annoying at times. Just not for me!
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