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)
I teach high school math 1400 miles from home, I use audible for the drive and to relax!
I love American Gods, I've read it and listened to it 5 or 6 times, and each time I find something new to love. This full cast recording is brilliant and never cheesy, instead of taking away from the story as some full cast narrations do for me it added depth o didn't know could be added. I wish I could give it more stars.
Once I started I could not put it down. The preformance of the voice actors was outstanding
Born in the back of a travelin' show, Mama used to dance for the money they'd throw.
I have read this book many times. So much so that I've bought both audio versions, this and the one by George Guidall. I was excited by the chance to hear a full cast version, but Guidall is more consistent with the pronunciation of characters names, and it flows a lot better. the performances here were good, but missed the pathos. I know many well disagree, but next time I listen to this book, it will be the George Guidal.
The experience of this reading was more akin to a play or a musical, something that embodied more of the senses then what it tangibly did. I didn't know what to expect, and it was the best accidental book purchase I've had in years.
I really enjoyed my time with the book. Perhaps it's because this was the first audiobook I've finished so far leaving me with little to compare it to, or maybe it's my love for gods and their adventures but I really didn't want to stop listening! Although some of the story was a bit predictable, I truely enjoyed the gripping, sad, and even sometimes erotic imagery painted by Neil Gaiman, brought to life by the wonderful cast!
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