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American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) | [Neil Gaiman]

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.
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Publisher's Summary

First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now, discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

A storm is coming....

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday's bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. It is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own.

Along the way, Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing - an epic war for the very soul of America - and that he is standing squarely in its path.

Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of "mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose" (Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that "distills the essence of America" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.

©2011 Neil Gaiman (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    shonneal 02-01-13
    shonneal 02-01-13
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    "The Cast makes the experience"
    What did you like best about American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)? What did you like least?

    The best part of the audiobook was the performance of the cast. I enjoy single author readings as well, but the full cast in this story brought a real feeling to the story.
    My least favorite was that the story was a little hokey. It is not bad, and many parts (the coming to America sections read by the Author) were quite enjoyable. Overall I would recommend the book to anyone that likes any of the numerous genres that the book reaches into.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was fine and I think the other reviews cover well what people like about the book.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but the performances in this book are fantastic.


    Did American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to try anouther full cast production book.


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    Glenn Encino, CA, United States 01-28-13
    Glenn Encino, CA, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Good Book"

    American Gods is somewhat of a legendary book and its easy to see why. It's an epic tale of a man who ends up in the middle of a war between old Gods (ie the Norse Gods and the Indian Gods) and the New Gods ( ie the Gods of techology and television). I have seen quite a few authors list Neil Gaiman as an influence..If you read Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne its easy to imagine them as fans of this book.

    The main character is really likable and I became attached to many of the complementary characters. The story is good and thought provoking. It meanders a little in some places, but this is the unabridged version. The performance is top-notch.

    This is a good book and I think most people will enjoy it.

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    Erin United States 01-21-13
    Erin United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Bold & Binding"

    My Review:
    Not everyone is a fan of Gaiman. I know after I read Stardust I would have put myself in the “Gaiman is overhyped” category. I just wasn’t a huge fan; it seemed jumbled and awkward. However, in 2012 I kept seeing Anansi Boys and American Gods pop up on recommendation lists. I decided to give Anansi Boys a try since it was shorter. That’s when I discovered that Gaiman is one of those authors I need to hear to appreciate. To me, Gaiman is a storyteller. Maybe some people would say that all authors are storytellers by definition, but to me one does not equate to the other. I feel like this review could get derailed by a philosophical discussion on storytelling vs. writing, so suffice it to say this will be some kind of Writer Wednesday post in the near future.

    Anyway, American Gods. I thought it was really enjoyable. The full cast audio version really added value – at 20 hours, one narrator might be a little tedious for listening (for me at least). Having the variety made it a more dynamic listening experience, and it was easier to follow different strands and stay engaged. I’ve read a couple of reviews on Goodreads that voice some concerns about buying into the “stakes” of the plot or feeling a connection to the protagonist. I didn’t experience this while listening. In fact, I occasionally found myself feeling earnest for the next major development or a new character to emerge. I just kept wanting to be immersed in this world.

    The author’s preface really sets the tone for some of the origin narratives throughout the novel. Gaiman notes that he set out to tell different kinds of stories, one of which was a “coming to America” thread. Frankly, these were some of my favorite parts of the book – how different groups (and thus, different gods) came to America ties in quite nicely with some Gaiman’s interwoven mythology.


    The Bottom Line:
    American Gods is a bold fictional exploration of mythology in America and what binds us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-17-13
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "Gaiman at his best...Narration at it's best!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) to be better than the print version?

    YES! I read this book years ago, and didn't enjoy it NEARLY as much as I did when i listened to it just now. It changed my whole thoughts on the book -- made it so much better. This full cast recording was just perfect to help get through a somewhat difficult read like this one!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The magic. I liked the parts where Shadow was visited by his wife. I thought the interactions between Shadow and Wednesday were great. All of the parts where the gods interacted with Shadow were great. The ending was great.

    Yeh, I liked the whole story best.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I liked Shadow. I fell in love with him through the narrator. Honestly.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Neil Gaiman...truly...and I think he knows how to write great characters. Everyone we meet in this story, from Shadow (whom I am in love with like my mom loves Mr. Darcy) to Wednesday to Mr. Nancy to Sam Black Crow, are great characters. I love the dialogue...it's realistic, but not boring. The magic in the story is, of course, perfect. I like gods. I like the idea of them, and I love the idea of them living among us...holding on with every last bit they can to stay alive in the minds of humans, so that they don't disappear. In the hands of Gaiman, the gods become so poignant and powerful...they become real...and isn't that what they wanted all along?

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    Hannah Lincoln, NE, United States 01-16-13
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    "Transcendent, smart, beautiful."
    If you could sum up American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) in three words, what would they be?

    Anyone who loves a great American novel needs to read this. I'd just finished Let the Great World Spin, and I was doubtful that anything could adequately follow its gritty beauty. This surpassed. I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys strong prose, a touch of fantasy and a down low look at the underbelly of our great nation.


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    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 01-14-13
    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Huge waste of time"
    Any additional comments?

    I should have paid attention to the numerous bad reviews for this book. It was on sale and listed as one of the best books of the year so I gave it a try. Regretfully.

    It is nonsensical and rambling with little if any plot. If I was reading it I would have been skimming pages and whole chapters. There are numerous dream sequences which make no sense and add nothing to the slim story. There are whole chapters involving stories about "gods"coming to america which do not relate to the main story and usually involve a graphic and disturbingly unnecessary sex act. The rest is just plain boring. Nothing much happens. Endless descriptions of boring places in dreary small towns.

    I am very dissappointed because a lot of people seem to really like this author and I had high hopes for this book. It was terrible.

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    Mark Jane, MO, United States 01-09-13
    Mark Jane, MO, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    What disappointed you about American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)?

    I wanted so much more. Why were the reviews so good. I could not listen to this book totally. I kept zoneing out. Big waist of a credit.


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    latara 01-02-13
    latara 01-02-13
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    What made the experience of listening to American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) the most enjoyable?

    The narrator really brought the characters to life for me


    What did you like best about this story?

    The many gods an plot twists. Along with a perfectly wrapped ending


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Was able to tell each. Character just by the personality of the read


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

    The hanging tree and shadows speech at the last battle


    Any additional comments?

    An all around great book and reader

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Billy FRESNO, CA, United States 01-02-13
    Billy FRESNO, CA, United States 01-02-13
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    "One of my favorite books of all time!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While American Gods may take long detours and explore things that are not entirely necessary to the main story, it all builds up a world which I cannot get enough of. The cast of this audio book was amazing as well, and they really drew me into the story. My wife disliked the full cast production, so if you aren't a fan of that style go for the regular one voice style.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)?

    Shadow and the tree.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrators brought a sense of immediacy and realness that I never got reading the book. They really brought the characters to life in my mind.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What happens to the Gods we throw away? America, Landfill of the Gods.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victor 12-19-12
    Victor 12-19-12
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    "Mediocrity never sounded so beautiful"
    What did you like best about American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)? What did you like least?

    The voice acting and narration was nearly perfect. All of the accents and dialects were flawless and the acting was superb. The actor playing Shadow fell flat...maybe even flatter that Gaiman intended him to be, but still very enjoyable.


    What could Neil Gaiman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This was just a series of deus ex machina after deus ex machina. It was an interesting premise and and interesting look at mythology and religion, but nothing in the story had any significant consequence. The characters were neither likable or worthy of hate. Neil took an interesting premise and turned it into an entire world and it just fell flat and failed to inspire any emotion. It was beautifully written, but the story was just generic and aimless. By the time readers learned what was at stake, it was irrelevant.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was flawless. His tones and inflections were subtle enough to suggest any narrative that one might miss in reading, but never so blatant that they felt forceful.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would see this movie, but reluctantly. Not so much because I want to see this story in live action, but because I'd be curious to see how it could be converted from a novel to a motion picture. Much of the novel was written in a way that only resembles the way we dream...I'm not so sure that a movie could capture that.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant voice acting, but the story was an overall letdown that seemed, at times, to pander to fans of Gaiman's previous works. I enjoyed it overall, but only thanks to the amazing performances of the voice actors. If you've read the book years ago and want to revisit it, then this is for you. Otherwise, proceed cautiously. .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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