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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"Gaiman is a treasure house of story and we are lucky to have him." (Stephen King)
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"The gods of small town America"
I loved the epic sweep of this book and the mixture of humour, road movie and the supernatural. It is a modern day Everyman journey and the Gods are just as funny, evil and cantankerous as the humans.
Having a book read by the author can be a mixed blessing but in this case it works superbly. Neil Gaiman can interpret his characters and pitch them just as he wishes.
Too long for one sitting but I always rushed back for the next instalment. Part of the pleasure of this book is that you get to stay in Gaiman's surreal world for a good long time.
"A modern classic - fantastic"
Yes it is multi-faceted with reference to the classic past - life, death and love and letting go
The tree episode - trial and why did he agree to do that -mad!
Impossible, I had to re trace many times to pick up all the nuances, story lines,characters - This must be a film and I am not related to the authors etc!!
"Unlike anything I'd ever read before"
I haven't read the print edition but the multiple voices in this recording works extremely well and the preface suggests that it has additional material so I would imagine that this is better, yes.
It was unlikely any other book I had read, although I have read some sci-fi before, it was an entirely unique world that I felt I was inhabiting, and I would say this is it's biggest strength, that it is so much incomparable with other stories.
Haven't listened to any others but the performances in this are excellent and really add to the audio book.
I was intrigued by the reviews of this book that called it iconic and a classic, and now that I have listened to it, I can see why they say that. It really is one that will stand the test of time.
"A truly great audiobook"
This is a title that shows that the audiobook is art-form in itself.
Neil Gaimen has written a book of incredible depth and subtly, which has been translated into something even richer by the performances of this cast. A stunning book, only made better by the quality of this production.
"Excellent - loved it so much I started it again."
Yes, It was a little odd at first with all the different voices, but that I think just made it possible the best book I have downloaded this year.
I really enjoyed this road-trip/detective story/mythology. It is exactly the type of story that appeals to me and is told by a master story-teller.
American Gods harks back to the classic Neil Gaiman of Good Omens, Neverwhere and Anansi Boys.
The performances were first class. I am a confirmed Neil Gaiman admirer and know that I will be reading/listening to more of his works. I would be tempted by any other author's work if performed by George Guidall.
There were so many. I experience a complete emotional involvement in t his book that happens so rarely. Once I had finished it, I felt bereft. And the story has stayed with me. I look back fondly on the time I listened to it. I doubt that it will be long before I start listening again.
American Gods is not so much a book, but an old friend to who one returns over and over again.
Top 5? I was seriously impressed - not only is Gaiman a total talent, but the multi-cast narration is mind-blowing.
Shadow undoubtedly has the sexiest voice in the history of audio, so I can't help but have a soft spot for him... but Wednesday is probably the most enigmatic and entertaining.
"Listen to it."
This is a great book, well narrated by a great cast, the voices match the characters perfectly. It feels like a lot of care and attention was put into this production. Neil Gaiman is a treasure.
Neil Gaimen is an author that I really enjoy. This audio book was a pleasure to listen too and kept the flavour of Gaimans wit and descriptive strengths. The lightness and the fun stands out for me as well. The characterisation by the narrators meant that I forgot I was listening to a book at times. I was lost...Loved it.
Having the unabridged version gives a real feel for the book, as the writer wanted it wrtitten. 19 hours is very long, but every minute was interesting and you arekept wondering what happens next. Would definitely recommend!
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