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
Probably. It is a very complex story with many layers and many characters. Story lines and character plots are revealed over time and I feel that it would be an excellent story to re-read (or re-listen) to.
I loved the whole idea of the story. That we conjure gods, old and new, and what becomes of them afterwards. It is an intriguing and electrifying idea. It is a brilliant concept that Gaiman embarks on flawlessly.
Too hard to say with a full cast, every actor did a stellar job and gave the story an all-encompassing feel. They embodied and portrayed their given characters wonderfully.
There was a moment half way into the book, were I realized that I might be listening to one of the greatest novels of modern time. I do not know where or when, but I realized that American Gods, while not for everyone, was work of such powerful truth and originality that there will never be something quite like it.
Neil Gaiman is awesome.
Thoroughly researched subjects
Overall every time I was able to realize who characters were on my own I was incredible pleased, those moments were all my best.
Perfect narration, exactly as I would imagine Shadow to sound.
Not so much,
I was more impressed with the writing then I was entertained by the story. It was good but I'm in on the hype train.
The production quality is excellent. The cast is wonderful. The problem is the story, particularly the "Coming to America" segments. Imagine making a parfait with wonderful layers of tasty ingredients, now add in some layers of drippings from a rotting corpse. It looks beautiful! Eat up! Taste that vanilla!
Yes I would because it's very creative including many mythologies such as Norse and Egyptian deities then creating some for the modern age. It was clever thought a bit muddled at times. I liked the short stories interspersed.
My favorite character was Shadow because he was stubborn and righteous, he messed up a few times but he always tried to make amends!
It provides a very realistic feel to a super magical book. Especially with the stories from other regions.
I would love to watch this film, I think it's in the works!
The tagline would be "forgotten and domesticated, these gods had nothing left to do but to wage war."
It gets confusing listening because one of the twists/revelations is pretty obvious to a listener but a reader may not get it right away. Plus there are tons of names, it was a bit puzzling.
Gaiman is an amazing storyteller! The shortest answer would be what didn't I like about it, which was nothing!
The full cast reading was a revelation! I cannot imagine hearing it any other way. In fact it's likely spoiled me for other productions.
OMG, yes! I couldn't wait to get back to it. I listened to it at ever chance I could.
Look, I'm not going to give you a full-blown character study here. But if you're wondering if this audio book is worth your time and hard earned money, I'd say without hesitation YES! If you want storytelling at its finest, Gaiman is your man.
Enjoyable but long
I don't think one sitting would've been doable for me. It was more effective when I listened to some each day.
Gaiman is a great writer and storyteller. The full cast approach was very effective as it ensured I didn't get characters confused.
I love the unabridged text. This will be the fourth time I have read/ listened to the book, and I am really enjoying this version.
I would much rather hear Neil Gaiman narrate his own books... I thought I would enjoy this more than I did (in terms of performance) but found myself missing Gaiman's voice. That said, the story is fantastic.
Second the best!
The ideas behind the gods and their travels to America.
The "Coming to America" stories were the best.
Not particularly. It is a very long book and it does get slow at times however once I took a decent break from it I found myself yearning to continue the story after a while.
The full-cast performance is absolutely great!! Really adds to the experience.
A wonderful story that combines the best of all genres, and keeps the reader on their toes, while satisfying the need to learn more about each and every character.
The amount of research and knowledge about the gods made the story more enveloping. The story is well thought out, and kept me guessing the whole time.
Anansi. He isn't a major character, but every time he showed up, I wanted to hear more from him.Obviously Shadow is an amazing character, and it's hard to decide between the two.
The ending. I don't want to spoil anything, but I thought that the story pulled together, and really impacted me in its closure.
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