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 loved American Gods. It was a great listen and it felt like I was taken on a journey through different cultures. There were times when the author has me so captivated that it felt like he was talking to the reader directly. Great story, great ride!
I loved having the full cast, what a luxury and delight! Appropriate for the 10 year anniversary. Full of surprises and excitement and everything onc could ask for in a book in this genre. Looking forward to the TV adaptation in 2017!
I highly recommend listening to this book. However, it is a strange bizarre story. It will make you think. It will make you laugh. It'll make you wonder if the author does acid. Listen and enjoy.
I neither loved it nor hated it. There are interesting ideas (i.e. old gods and new gods) but the story is too scattered and doesn't go into much depth on anything. Is that the point? American culture is vast but can at times be shallow?
I found the main character kind of dull. There wasn't much of a person there - he was just letting everything happen to him as the story unfolded and not really reacting. While that does seem to be central to the story, it doesn't make him compelling.
One of the greatest stories I've ever heard, read by an incredible cast. A genuinely flawless execution. I'm probably going to listen to this book 10 more times.
Story follows Shadow, a convict in his last week behind bars when this story starts, and his decent into the crazy world of the Gods of America. Shadow, His new employer Wednesday, his dead wife who's not quite dead, and dozens of other wacky, lovable characters make this road trip a trip to remember.
This book puts a great spin on the great and small things in life, letting the reader explore ideas of the grand scene while exploring a microcosm. It also has a very interesting view of the US, not found in movies.
it took me a while to finish this audio book because it never actually grabbed ahold of me or really drew me in. I can't say why exactly but it just didn't.
The cast was good though so that was enjoyable.
I first read American Gods in high school, lent to me by a friend who had borrowed it from his his college friends who had borrowed it from her girlfriend. This was my shocking introduction to Neil Gaiman, and I couldn't possibly get enough of it. I believe I'd just finished the book months before the tenth anniversary addition was released, but I hadn't worried about that at all until recently. Going through an old favorite in such a new way, with the full cast and so on, was so much more than I expected, and if I have any complaints, it's that it ever ends.
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