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American Gods | [Neil Gaiman]

American Gods

After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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)2012 Headline Digital

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  • HollowSpy
    Somewhere in the UK
    11/18/14
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    "Different than most audiobooks"
    Where does American Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very highly


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Keep Believing


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Cazzola
    9/14/14
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    "a long eventfull walk, worth taking."
    What did you like most about American Gods?

    The fullness of the charecters, mythalogical and not, dragged you in and tied you in to them. And it stayed with you. The authors notes we're surprisingly wlecome. rarley the case but the man, obiuosly fits the storey, sorry Neil, I mean nice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shadow, obviously. I think.


    What does Neil Gaiman and George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Cant say. sorry


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The tree scene was very good. All quite vivid though


    Any additional comments?

    Read, listen. do

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    9/2/14
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    "Interesting but also waffling, incoherent, flawed"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman's but this particular book left me feeling empty and curiously detached. It's as if the oft quoted criticism thrown at Shadow - that he is essentially not alive - somehow pervades the whole book, creating an air of despondency, even depression.


    What was most disappointing about Neil Gaiman’s story?

    Obscure gods left to die in an uncaring country perhaps not the most sparkling of plot devices.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman and George Guidall – was your favourite?

    George Guidall's voice acting is superb throughout - the stand-out character being Wednesday.


    Could you see American Gods being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Maybe - as an piece of offbeat film-making, but I doubt it would hold a viewer's attention across a TV series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Haddock
    England UK
    8/3/14
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    "Different"
    What made the experience of listening to American Gods the most enjoyable?

    The twists of the story, the way Shadow is confident and able to handle himself.


    What other book might you compare American Gods to, and why?

    Maybe The Long Dark Teamtime of the Soul by Douglas Adams, but this is WAY more dark.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I didn't like the way different characters read the parts. Its a novel, not a play. Neil Gaiman should've read it, he would have done justice to the parts.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "It's not a good idea to spend a lot of time behind the scenes"


    Any additional comments?

    Not like any other Neil Gaiman book I've read or listened to. A lot more dark.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delboy
    7/13/14
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    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to American Gods the most enjoyable?

    A great telling of a classic book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods?

    Gaiman has great ranges to his storytelling but can lean more towards a more children's book storytelling. All my kids (mostly teenagers and above now) have read his books. However American Gods is an adult title through and through. Great charaters sometimes bizare story lines but always engaging and thought provoking.


    What about Neil Gaiman and George Guidall ’s performance did you like?

    Great combination of story and storytelling


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Can't recommend this audio book enough. My wife listened to it and I was a book widower for the week lol


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. Mould
    Sheffield, England
    6/9/14
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    "Modern Classic"
    What did you like most about American Gods?

    I just loved the general feel of the whole thing, the desperation of the old gods, the seediness of their situations, the fact that I would certainly have believed that this was all some sort of fever dream in Shadows head.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods?

    I have 2 - Shadows nonplussed reaction to chatting with his dead wife and the shock of one of the central characters fates.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Any scene with Czernobog in it. He made me laugh out loud all the time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J.Taylor
    6/3/14
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    "Superb book with side stories made of Gold"
    Where does American Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is way up there on my favorites and I can see myself listening to it time after time. The main story is excellent but there was some really enjoyable side stories which popup when you least expect them which really gives this book flavour. The author himself delivers a wonderful performance with some lovely contributing artists scattered throughout. You won't be able to put this one down, or at least, not for long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SeaEagle1453
    UK
    6/2/14
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    "A brilliant piece of inventive writing"
    What made the experience of listening to American Gods the most enjoyable?

    The plot was good and I like the way he wove in a variety of mythologies


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods?

    The point where Shadow works everything out - won't say more as I wouldn't want to spoilt it for anyone.


    What about Neil Gaiman and George Guidall ’s performance did you like?

    I think they do a brilliant job between with Gaiman providing the spine of the story and Guidall the characterisation of individuals.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last interplay between Shadow and his wife.


    Any additional comments?

    A cracking book. I listen to it whilst I started to rehab after being ill, walking with Shadow and his American Gods helped me immensely. If I ever mean Gaiman I will buy him a pint. Subsequently I have listen to other books of his but still think this is his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms CT Clarke
    United Kingdom
    5/22/14
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    "Fantastic, funny, wonderful complete version."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is real-life based but with such a wonderful twist that it should appeal to fantasy and non-fantasy fans alike. The writing is clear, descriptive and flows seemingly effortlessly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shadow.

    Mainly because of George Guidall's interpretation of the voice.


    What about Neil Gaiman and George Guidall ’s performance did you like?

    Neil ... Your intro went on too long. Sorry. But in the main both were fantastic. George Guidall in particular made this (the first story audiobook I've listened too) come alive more so than I'd thought possible.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I'm not that emotional, but there were definitely a few laugh out loud moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    Royston, United Kingdom
    5/7/14
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    "This Audiobook is 'The One'."

    If you ever had to be convinced to listen to an audiobook, this would be the book to convert you wholeheartedly.

    I'll be honest the blurb was less than compelling but 3 separate friends made such impassioned recommendations that I felt obliged to at least listen to an hour. They were right to be so impassioned.

    The audiobook is introduced by the author and sets up the story perfectly.
    The narrators are remarkable and the story is refreshingly original, sharp and compelling.

    In turn, I have now recommended this audiobook to anyone who cares to listen to me for more than 2 minutes.
    After listening to over 100 audiobooks this is my standout favourite, for both story and production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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