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
The book is well written and the Full Cast Production is pretty cool. I followed the book easily and couldn't wait to get to the next part quickly. It makes you think about all the gods from the past and the gods (idols) that are coming up in the present and future time. But I would love to see this in a movie just the way it is written.
Epic god warfare
Shadow is an amazing character and Neil Gaiman really creates someone you can both relate to and feel for during the story. Shadow has some crazy stuff happen to him, and it helps that you legitimately like him to keep going. You're really rooting for him by the end of the book.
I have not, but the narrator does an amazing job with this book. His voice was perfect for the novel!
"When gods go to war, we all lose"
The book truly is a masterpiece and I enjoyed the heck out of it. If you haven't read the book yet, pick it up immediately. If you have, you might just find yourself enjoying listening to it instead of reading. The voices of characters like Chernobog really shine in the audio recording and I had a blast listening to it!
After getting out of jail, Shadow is whisked into a world that has changed without his wife, with a new boss, strange characters, and a storm that could change the face of the world irrevocably.
Neil Gaiman hasn't created a new world as much as new characters to inhabit our current one. Filled with myth, pathos and life this book is a beacon in modern fantasy fiction. This is a book not about an ultimate battle as much as it is about the the ideas of obsolescence and humanity being cut from the cloth of gods. This isn't a book about a hero who comes in swinging a sword or firing a gun to save the day, this is about flawed interesting characters, tired, beaten down, and lost trying to find their way in this new world. The characters are beautifully well drawn and compelling throughout the book and make the journey an indelible one. When the story feels a bit bloated in places, be aware that there's a reason for it, and it will all come together for you in the end. It takes some time for the pieces of who Shadow is to come into play and when it does it makes it worth while.
The cast of voices are unforgettably good when it comes to Shadow, Wednesday & Laura while the secondary characters are rich and alive. There isn't a wrong note, voice, or tone throughout the entire story. Incredibly well done.
An incredibly well told story who's journey keeps you intrigued, invested and caring what happens next. If you want something different from the fantasy you've been listening to, look no further, you won't forget this one.
I'm new to Gaiman's work. I've read Neverwhere, and now I've listened to American Gods. I liked Neverwhere, but I wasn't sure I loved it. But I loved American Gods. The storytelling language is vivid and colorful, and the characters are interesting. I would love to get to know them all better. I liked the full cast production, the voices for the characters helped the flow of the book. And hearing Mr Gaiman's voice himself doing the "Coming to America" stories along the way was a delight. Highly recommend.
Everything about this book was enjoyable: the story, the characters, full cast, everything.
None. Actually, this was my first audible listen. Saying that, most days I am bummed out when looking for a new book to follow this one. I will be re-listening!
So many memorable favorites and visual scenes.. My favorite was probably Shadows journey on the tree, very symbolic and surreal.
all the time
Very high, although not in my "Top favoorite" simply because it wasn't the type of story I love. But the book is very good and and recording performance is excellent.
By far Shadow was, but I was very intrigued by Chernobog as well. I found myself researching the mytholgy of all the characters from ancient and old civilizations the stories come from.
***SPOILERS*** From a character and cinematic perspective (I envision all the books I "read" from a movie standpoint) the scene following Wednesday's death, and the interaction of all the old gods and the new. And the mythological connotations of how his wake is handled.
NO! The story is far too intense in spots, and very long, but I did find myself listening very intently much longer than I would have under normal circumstances.
Great recording and voice acting, makes the story very cohesive and provides great context. This is a very intense book, much like how Pulp Fiction was upon first viewing. I hope Gaimain follows through and makes a sequel at some point.
American Gods is a fascinating story concept. Neil Gaiman is a very capable writer who has woven an interesting story that draws the reader in. Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end of being that tight. Perhaps it is because the concept of gods of myth and history being real is very hard to rationalize under close scrutiny. Perhaps Gaiman just needed to work harder on the story consistency. It is hard to say.
Regardless, the literary prose was quite fine but the actual plot failed to “suspend my disbelief”. While I found the story entertaining Gaiman took a number of directions I didn’t find particularly edifying while ignoring numerous concepts I would have found much more interesting and relevant.
I think Gaiman attempted to include too many “gods” from too many mythos without developing some basis for their interaction. I fear I may be too analytical in my story analysis. If you are similarly plot critical, though, I think you will find this story way to full of holes to live up to the idea that inspired this book.
I am a big Neil Gaiman fan, so to find American Gods out in a full cast production was irresistible. But I found the narration a bit disappointing. It was, at times, hard to follow the chapters. The characters came and went so quickly it was hard to form any connection. And although the actors were clearly talented, I had a sense that a single reader could have been more effective.
Altogether an interesting story. Not the best narration, but not the worst either.
There are so many characters and so many different accents and personas that I found it easier and more enjoyable to listen than to read (I have both audio and paper versions of the book, so I tried both). Love this book.
Sam, the young woman
I don't really re-listen to audiobooks. But I'd recommend this to anyone.
Shrug. Other things by Gaiman.
It's a full cast recording! So great!
Nope. Super long. Good book. But that would have been... over a day of sitting.
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