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
It's a really engaging story that is well-written and entertaining.
The gods are very cleverly rendered, and the dialog is quite well done. It's an engaging adventure and the murder mystery is intriguing.
The narrator (particularly the one who played the narrator in the story) was pretty bad. He sounded like he was reading rather than acting, and it detracted from my enjoyment of the story.
Sculptor and costumer
I have been largely resistant to reading Gaiman. My first introduction to him was the co-written book "Good Omens." I had seen Coraline and am a fan of Amanda Palmer. I am glad that I did not attempt this book at a younger time in my life. This story resonates deeply with my life and belief systems. American Gods is a brilliant look into our murder of tradition, our apparent disdain for anything beautiful and spiritual (in that we plaster our mystical places with bill boards, food vendors and gift stores filled with crap we do not need to prove that we have visited the place. I have been a vagabond and explorer of our lands and have experienced first hand the depth of the blindness of our society. It is marvelous to find a narrative by someone who is wide awake and seeing the world for what it is. Do yourself a favor and get lost in the wonder that is American Gods.
The attention to detail in this audiobook version is astounding. Having each character voiced by a different person brings the book to greater life than I expected. I completely enjoyed the audiobook version more than the written, and that is saying a lot for a Gaiman novel.
The cast of actors/characters is impeccable.
Answering that question might spoil a few surprises, but Shadow and Wednesday are ideally voiced.
I would listen in one sitting, but the length makes that feat nearly impossible. I did look forward to morning drive time and workouts so I could get back to the story.
Cannot recommended more highly. The best credit I have used on Audible, bar none.
Some feeling that the tale was going somewhere, be it good or bad. Something which would get the listener invested in the characters.
A Feast for Crows
Cannot comment on this
After investing many listening hours, the book proved so boring to me that I never finished it, which is extremely unusual for me.
This book ranks up there with some of my other favorites. Truly awesome story, the full-cast production really made it that much more enjoyable. I've listened to it twice now. Hell of a book!
The original Audible version of "American Gods" was one of my first purchases in my Audible account. I loved the original and it got me addicted to Neil Gaiman. So when I saw the 10th Anniversary full cast production I was very hesitant to buy it since the original was so good. But I'm glad I bought it.
Some reviewers mention that they don't like full cast versions. I'll admit I don't usually get full cast Audible books which is probably strange since in high school and college I often listened to recordings of old classic radio dramatizations. But I decided to give it a try.
It turned out that I enjoyed this version as much as I did the original and the written book. The casting worked for me and I devoured this recording far too quickly.
I love this book because it's complex and rich. I have read it twice and I'm always getting new things from it. The characters are nuanced and intriguing, the plot is multidimensional and always interesting. Great narrator! The performances of Shadow and Wednesday were fantastic.
You must listen
I have listened to the original version of this three times and it never gets old. It is a great story.
was pretty fantastic.
I'm not sure I agree with my friends who say that this is a fantastic, life-changing book. I do agree with Mr. Gaiman that it is a strange, meandering book and I add that it is very relaxing and endearing.
American Gods was a great book before this 10th Anniversary Edition. It's even better now! How can you not enjoy a book that deals with all the gods...from the Norse, the Egyptians, Native American, African and a few you never heard of. Great humor, lively dialog, interesting back story.
Add in the tremendous job that the narrators did, and you have a smash hit audio book. I listened to this book over the weekend, and I wish there was more. Cliche...I laughed, I cried. I sniggered when I was in public places.
I even enjoyed the introduction and the appendix, Neil Gaiman is a fun person to listen to. 5 stars plus.
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