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
"This full-cast performance of the tenth anniversary edition of Neil Gaiman's American Gods (think director's cut) is one of the most mesmerizing audio experiences ever.... Ron McLarty plays a randy, crusty old Odin disguised as a white-collar con man to perfection. Daniel Oreskes's Shadow, the hero who doesn't know quite what he is, is masterful. Oliver Wyman, who did Mad Sweeney the Leprechaun, is a genius. Hats in the air for the whole cast, a flawless production, and a tour de force of a tale." (AudioFile)
Such a great cast and production. I had the book on the shelf and even edited the 'cliff notes' version but I just couldn't get it to the book.
Then I bought the audio version on a lark. I thought it would be a return...but i couldn't put it down. The cast. The story. Such a spellbinding tale (those cliff notes I edited don't do it justice).
Get it. Get it now. If you're new to the novel or have a rather worn out copy on your shelf. Get it. You shant be disappointed.
I'm really enjoying listening to books as I do not read them for fun .This book is hard to explain for me I'd say something out of the ordinary you have to be into .sorry
I didn't know what to expect when I read this but it was an amazing auditory journey. The characters were brought to life in such a beautiful way and I cannot wait to see the live version of this. It'll be absolutely stunning, I know it.
What Gaiman writes, I eagerly read. I sort of like this better in hard copy than on audiobook, actually. This is most "epic" book to date, long and detailed - though some of the plot lines lost me and I couldn't care about most of the characters beyond their symbolic presence. It took a couple of listens to fully appreciate. A decent grounding in mythology will help the reader appreciate the characters. Beginners - start with Anasi Boys instead.
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