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)
Movie loving Brit living Down Under. Anything 'end of the world' themed usually gets my attention, but The Stand has yet to be beat.
An absolute modern classic book evolves into an absolute modern classic audiobook. Gaiman is one of my favourite authors (write more, damn you!) and American Gods is maybe his finest work. This is pretty much my favourite audiobook thus far.
I listen to audiobooks on my 2 hour commute to work every day. Favourite authors include Michael Connelly, Stephen King, and D J Molle
The characters in American Gods are interesting and the reading performance is superb. American Gods deals with the weird, the strange, and the unreal - all of which I like. However, I also like stuff to actually happen, and this novel kept me waiting too long between the main events. The plot was too slow moving for my liking. It kept me interested until the end, but only barely.
By day I write non-fiction as a journo. By night I listen to sci-fi fantasy, teen fiction & anything by Neil Gaiman. The weirder the better.
American Gods is weird and wild trip through the USA with quirky characters on the way. I love this audiobook so much I've listened to it three times and always been surprised to discover new nuances, a forgotten fable or unexpected plot twist. The performances by the narrators are superb as they become the procession of characters in Gaiman's epic novel. This isn't necessarily a battle of good against evil but more a fight between old and new gods. The main character Shadow, is easy to like. He's a noble man but other characters are strongly flawed, which makes them deliciously terrible. This is not just the best of Gaiman's book, it's also my favourite novel of all time (so far). Listen and let yourself get lost in a warped fantasy about lost and new gods.
I expected more of this novel as I loved Good Omens & the Sandman series. It wasn't funny like Good Omens & it didn't have that same high fantasy quality as Sandman. But it was pretty good - the really morbid bits were my favourite, they were edgy. I enjoyed the performances though I thought many of the female voices were breathy & overdone. But this is not a women's book - it borderline failed the Bechdel test. I can only think of one sustained
conversation between women & it was mainly about Shadow. I felt some of the 'ethnic legends' sections were a bit co-opted, too. The idea that the gods were with the slaves in Santo Domingo but that people didn't have enough belief in mainland America (for a revolt) was super dodgy.
Overall a bit disappointing but pretty good fun.
Yes. Fascinating story, brilliant narration. What is not to like?
Master and Margarita. The only theme the two books share is of God/Devil doing crazy things in our world. Other than that, they are very different.
I loved the scenes involving Mr. Ibis.
Spolier - Wednesday's death. I did not see that coming, and it left me feeling sad. I kept hoping it is a mistake, maybe the author will bring him back. He did in a sense, but not in the same way.
Kudos to the narrator. I have become a fan.
I like good books, I will follow a good author and i listen to friends recommendations. Love audio books and am fascinated and learning.
Im learning about the medium of audio books and It reminds me of radio plays when i was young. This is a different reading experience, and this book would have been slightly better for me in print, in order to follow the characters involved. Apart from that excellent in all respects, an inspired writer.
I like the believable blend of reality and fantasy - Like George McDonald (?) C S Lewis
Totally. American Gods is one of my favourite books, which is brought to life in this edition by Guidall.
This book is one that will be recommended to anyone and everyone I think holds any interest in fantasy, mystery, superheroes, horror or just the peculiar and interesting.
Most mystery novels lack the ability to be read more than once. Not so with this book. There is so much that goes into this book, knowing the end would not distract from the powerful imagery, depth of exploration into myth, and the gripping character relationships. So much happens in this book that one listen would not be enough. I genuinely loved every moment of this well told story.
The reading is spot on that provides the right pacing for the story.
Remove your shoes, this theatre is sacred ground.
"didn't hold my interest "
I stuck with it until about half way at which point I had no interest in what happened next or cared about the characters. Its very rare that I don’t finish a book.
"Could have been such a good story."
Maybe. I thought the narration was excellent and the story had great potential.
The performances by all voices kept me listening. I would not have continued reading as a book.
A lot of the gods.
I really disappointed with this book. There was such great potential and it started off really well, but somewhere towards the end Gaiman lost the plot and the ending was just ridiculous. I found coming to America stories very interesting though.
"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.
None of this book is true except for some places, some persons and of course the God's they are real,
"I didn't want to like this book, but I loved it."
Reading the description I didn't think I would like this and fully expected to be returning it before the end. I only tried it because I loved stardust so much that I figured it was worth a gamble.
Turns out I was hooked within about 10 minutes!
I was intrigued, I really liked the main character and some of the other characters (Anansi might be my favourite) and felt intrigued about the less likeable characters.
I loved how all of the little sub plots knitted together and I honestly didn't see what was coming until right before it happened.
"Great dramatisation - but tooooooo long"
yes I would (but one which his editor had shortened!)
I think the dramatisation of this one was better than the other I've listened to.
I think the dramatisation of this one was better than the other I've listened to.
Yes, no idea
This was a good story, very well dramatised and narrated. However it is the author's own version, in which he states he has added a lot that the publisher cut out. Sorry, but I think the publisher was right to delete sections - it was overall too long and would have benefited from the editing/cutting.
"Original and memorable"
Beautifully read this is a very unusual story that is unpredictable and intriguing. A great audiobook that I thoroughly recommend.
Having heard great things about this book, I decided to go back and have a listen.
Neil Gaiman easy style draws you through this vast; meandering; monster of a novel.
George Guidall does a great job with the main narrative and Gaiman's asides around the history of various minor gods is engaging.
A great audio book of a great novel.
"My new favourite book"
I'd listened to the Anansi Boys narrated by Lenny Henry and loved it, knowing at the time that it was vaguely connected to American Gods, but Lenny was the draw.
Don't know why but I wasn't particularly drawn to American Gods, but after constant recommendations I thought I'd seek out the audiobook. Initially I was put off by the reviews regarding the narration, but decided to proceed with caution.
The narration is perfect for the book and kept me entertained from chapter to chapter, an absolute pleasure to listen too.
The story itself is so full personality. I became attached to many of the characters, but none more so than Shadow. I was upset when it ended and I hope to enter into that world again soon.
great from start to finish, can't wait to see if the film will do it justice.......I doubt it.
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