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
Mr. Gaiman's assembled ensemble ambled through my brain for a few days.
They left a mess of muddy footprints, blood stains, & shattered illusions. Not to mention a few more voices to carry around in my skull.
The story was very entertaining and the full cast narration was excellent. Typical magical storytelling from Neil, well written and well delivered.
This is a great book I've read twice already. Listening to the full cast version brought some depth to the characters that I'm glad to have experienced. Highly recommend listening to it!
A wonderful weaving of folklore myth and fate. The main character is a shadow and a fool, walking his way through story and con and I was hopelessly caught up in the narrative.
this is simply a great book with some added extras like more book,great voice acting ,and notes from the author. buy this and thank me later.
This is a book that was hyped up by many of my friends. I was scared to read it for a long time because I feared that it would not live up to the praise that was heaped upon it. I'm glad I got this book.
The story is a weaving tale; part adventure, part horror, and part mythology. Shadow is your classic Everyman, so it is easy to get enveloped in the story and let it take you where it will.
The full cast production was very well done and fun to listen to. It helped with the drama and suspense and pulled me in from the start.
Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.
3 Stars - average. It was good 1 time read for me, but I can't say I would ever listen to it again. It had lots of rave reviews so probably just not my kind of book. I think Neil Gaiman is just not for me because The Ocean at the End of the Lane wasn't my kind of listen either. The writing was good it just didn't keep my attention for about 1/4 of the book I tuned out. Some bad language and the beginning has one section that you probably wouldn't want kids to overhear, but that is about it as far as kids in the car.
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