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
Nothing is better than the well-written sci-fi story. I'm even trying to write one too. But these days, I have expanded my taste --a bit.
Yes. I plan to read other books by Neil Gaiman.
There were multiple narrators, but the narrator that portrayed the main character, Shadow, had a very dull, mono-toned voice that did not seem to serve the character. All the other voices were good or great.
Not so much inspire, but I'll ready other titles by this writer.
The first then chapters were rather dull, and the story was not advanced in many of the 1st 10 chapter. However, the last fourteen were very good. This is picky. . . . but the breaks were not organized in a very logical way. The chapters themselves were too long.
The voices were perfect for each character and made the story come to life. I also loved hearing Neal Gaiman's voice in his own book as well as the backstory of this edition.
Such an interesting and unique perspective of the different gods and myths throughout history. I did love Anansi Boys better and some of Gaiman's other books, but definitely worth the time to listen to this one.
If you enjoy audio books, then you probably already know that a full cast recording is a great pleasure, and this production is no exception. American Gods is, of course, among Gaiman's great works, engaging and rich with full of emotion, surprises, moments of humor, horror, and provocative ideas.
The cast is phenomenal. Every character glitters with life and nuance and the addition of an intriguing introduction and interludes read by the author are a tasty icing on an already impressive cake.
This production is a fine example of the pinnacle of what an audio book can be. If you love this book, even if you've read this book countless times, you owe it to yourself to hear this recording. The story will live for you in whole new ways.
I liked the idea of this book, and I had heard such great things, but to be honest, I really didn't care for it. There were times I was interested, and times I couldn't care less. All in all, I really don't get the hype about this book.
Serendipitous and playful. Unimpressive and trivial. This is a kid's book; only it's chock full of trite adult content that would render it impermissible for a young audience. If it is indeed intended for an adult audience, it's aimed at the half-witted and inattentive, who delight in predicable plot "twists" and the eased joy of getting exactly what you expected. If you are taking a break from your "Everyone Loves Raymond" marathon to try this "reading" thing, this may be the book for you. If you've ever read a decent book in your life, and continue reading to hopefully find once again the bliss that it brought you, it is likely that you'll spend your time with this book marveling, not at its genius, but at the miracle that it's STILL GOING.
Avid listener. Lover of stories and story tellers!
I don't know what went wrong. I love the idea for this book, I'm a huge mythology fan, and the actors were all phenomenal! The production value was great and I read wonderful reviews for the story. And yet I got real bored about halfway through, I wasn't eagerly listening to find out what would happen next, I had no connection to the main characters dilemma so I just kind of lost interest in it all. Maybe it's just me. I was very excited to listen, so I might have set my expectations too high, or maybe the story just isn't that good....
This was my first full-cast audio book, and while I think most books don't need that treatment, I certainly enjoyed this one. The voices were well-matched to the characters, and the editing was seamless.
Great story, too. It's a bit everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink, probably has lots of rewarding detail for people up on folklore and myth that went over my head. But that made the story feel dense and fascinating, for me a nice change from clockwork fantasy universes where every bit of backstory ends up being relevant to the resolution.
Now a couple months later its mostly the characters that stick in my mind, not the plot or any particular scene. Gaiman hints in the introduction that a sequel might be on the way, set 10 years later. Whether or not he writes it, it's easy to believe that these characters are alive and have been getting on with their lives for the last 10 years, unseen by us.
Audiobooks are my workaround to the pesky laws forbidding reading while driving. And I'm pretty sure my dog likes them too.
I didn't know what to expect from my first Neil Gaiman book: American Gods. I heard amazing things about Gaiman before this, I read "Good Omens" written with Terry Pratchett, and I love the sci-fi/fantasy genre, so it was bound to be a match made in heaven. And it certainly was.
Gaiman has made a single book out of multiple different tales, and in the process presents an image of America the way only someone coming from the outside possibly could. I enjoyed the digressions into American history and the histories of some gods. But I especially loved Shadow and Wednesday. Their characters are so well-developed that you sit in the story with them as you listen.
The performance is fantastic. I was hesitant (skeptical, really) about a "Full Cast Production" of an audio book. I'm not terribly fond of most female readers, and I've grown comfortable with the drone of a single reader doing multiple voices. On this issue, I was very, VERY wrong to be so cautious. The reading is spectacular. The use of different readers for each character gave this book so much more life, and actually enhanced certain parts of the book, as there are sections where the identity of the acting character is only implied... with the different readers, it felt like I had inside information that made those sections even more interesting.
One note, I was initially a little shocked by how sexually graphic some of the "worship" scenes were - not enough to minimize my appreciation of the book, but certainly not what I expected to be listening to while driving down the freeway at 70 MPH. Luckily, I'm always alone when listening to books, so I didn't have to worry about these scenes being witnessed by the wrong audience. And although for me it didn't detract from the story (enhanced it in many ways), some more sensitive readers may feel differently.
Bottom line: A great read. Worth every minute.
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