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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Such a good audiobook. I enjoyed every second of it. I cannot fault it in any way. The cast were all spot on for their parts, especially Shadow and Wednesday. The story was complex and interesting, with just enough breadcrumbs that you can feel proud of yourself for spotting what is going on before it is revealed. Highly recommended.
"Multidimensional Beautiful Adventure"
One of those books that leaves the reader feeling that the world will never be quite the same again. It's colourful entertainment at it's best whilst being a great work of philosophy rivalling the viking sagas.
"I love this book"
I have to admit that when I first read the paper version I found it hard going for about 50 pages - but then.... I was lost in it. Now read it once and listened to it twice. It's fantasy on a grand scale and wonderful.
I like the audio narrators and other players. Great choice of voices. I thoroughly recommend this book.
I really enjoyed the narration of the book, the voices were believable and very vivid. I adore everything by Neil Gaiman and this does not disappoint on the anthromorphic personification front, it's equal parts murder mystery, psychogeographical exploration of America, and beautiful imagery. I would recommend this book to people. especially this reading it really is great.
"Perfect Adaptation of a Wonderful Tale"
American Gods was the first unabridged audio book I ever listened to and I have to say, I feel spoiled by the experience. Instead of having a solitary narrator, the book employs an ensemble cast and almost feels like a radio play at times. It's incredibly well acted and I got through the 19 plus hour recording in far fewer days than I thought I would.
The story is as compelling as it's been since it's release in paper form (with a "As good as Stephen King or your money back!" guarantee, no less), although I believe that was a marketing gimmick. It revolves around ex-con, Shadow and his journey across an otherworldly version of America where remnants of past beliefs are fighting to survive in the face of modern times. The text is masterfully written, thought provoking and at times disturbing, which is what one would expect from the creator of the Sandman comics.
"Neil Gaiman at his best"
Of all the audiobooks I've listened to so far this is by far the best. Actually, of all the books I've read so far, this is the best.
The plot is fascinating with brilliant echoes of old Gods and mythology intertwined with new Gods based on Gaiman's brilliant insights into modern day culture.
Having listened to a number of his works, this is still by far my favourite. A must read!
"Weird and wonderful."
I love the other worldly feel of Gainman's writing. A story that pulls you in and keeps you involved.
"A journey into the real heart of America"
Possibly one of the few novels to really get to the heart of America, both literally and metaphorically, and yet is written by an Englishman. A beautifully visual journey for the imagination on the premise of the existence of gods, brought to America by each successive wave of immigrants. These largely forgotten deities are in conflict with the new, modern gods that mankind has subconsciously created through its adoration of technology and wealth. Against this background Shadow, recently released convict, is dragged unwillingly into this Gotterdammerung. A fantastic novel in the literal sense; I challenge anyone not to be drawn into a world where Djinn drive taxi cabs, the Queen of Sheba is a whore, and a man called Wednesday is making plans for war.
This audiobook version is well-performed and mesmerising. I listen in the car to and from work and anywhere else I'm going and I found this to be the highlight of my day; I couldn't wait to be listening to more of Shadow's story.
You've got me there. It is unlike any other book I've read or listened to. Except maybe something by Neil Gaiman!
I have listened to most of Neil Gaiman's books and this is by far the best. Not to belittle what else Neil has done but using George and other cast members as well leant this audiobook a really compelling atmosphere.
My review title!
"Great Premise Promise - Dreadful Delivery"
The other book I've read by the author is Good Omens - because of the Terry Pratchett association... I picked this one up because of the reviews; being on special offer always helps; in the mood for something a bit different....
I don't want to ruin the plot so won't mention it other than it is entertaining and rich with characters; can be thought provoking - back to the mention of premise in the heading; definitely surreal in places - most places; humourous - but I didn't laugh out loud. There is a set of vignettes - not directly associated with the plot but relating to the overall theme; they have little value - only serving as damp morality tales, tending to wallow in self pity.... Knowing what I know now, I'd happily press next chapter and save myself a couple of hours misery.
The narrator comes across as being very dull and suffers from a serious monotone problem - it brings the whole thing right down for me; listen to some excerpts before you leap in and make sure he's not going to do the same thing for you... I think he might be trying to achieve the private eye narrative a la the old Raymond Chandler black and whites - but lacking any of the charm or style - a great shame I thought.
very good. this is the special long version. could have been cutdown but still good!
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