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
what a great story. Gaiman is brilliant and all of the individual performances were great. it was so easy to lose yourself in the whole experience.
I loved everything about this audiobook!
When I started listening to this, I was all for novels only, but my world changed drastically when I plunged into this story. The performances were impeccable and outstanding to listen with my family, relaxing and engaging, simultaneously. The experience I had as a whole changed me for the better.
It even healed some wounds I thought I wouldn't be able to recover from.
Much love and happiness on the wayward turns within the artistic meandering of Story.
A fellow Journeywoman
It really kept my interest. The actors were fantastic and the voices were very distinct. I was able to follow who was who. Overall a great story with many twists and turns and an unexpected ending.
The performance of the story was perfect. I enjoyed the narration as well as the character voices. Neil Gaiman is one if my literary Heros. I hope that I can imagine such fantastic worlds as he does.
Gaiman delivers a very unique and completely original story. If you're open to fantasy books at all I think this is a terrific story! The narrators are superb.
Wonderful voices, especially Shadow and Ananzi, and of course Wednesday. Damn near perfect. Neil Gaiman's intro and outro bookend it perfectly. includes the hence removed Jesus scene.
A entirely different author and story
Not written the book
The entire thing
Please avoid this audio book. There is no enjoyment to be got here.
I have listened to a lot of Neil Gaiman, but this is by far his best work. It's intriguing and beguiling, it's mysterious and enthralling, simply put it has a little bit of everything for everyone and all those little things add up to one amazing work of art. It is not really easy to categorize this novel as anything other than a great work of fiction or an amazing piece of word art created by a master of our time. Worth my than what it cost and the time spent listening to it. I think this is one of those novels that you have to listen to a few times before you catch all the subtleties and can truly appreciate the intricate web that the author has spun. Don't hesitate on this book, just dive in and enjoy the ride.
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