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)
Narrators were phenomenal. This is the most convoluted audiobook I've ever listened to. The story jumps between reality and dream state so much that it's difficult to follow. Maybe if I listen to it again I'll understand.
This book truly is a work of art. After the first few chapters, after understanding the gods, I couldn't stop listening. The full cast narration was amazing.
I decided to reread it due to the upcoming TV series based on it. Such a wonderful, original and intriguing story. The cast did a great job of bringing this novel to life. If you're going to listen to any version of this make it this one!
Woo. That was, wow. Beautiful imagery, beautiful view. Deep history, deep thoughts, deep deep character, beautiful idea, beautiful morals, beautiful mind. Thank you for this wonderful production. I have truly enjoyed spending time with this novel.
Shadow is the ultimate character you never quite understand, but find yourself relating to in a very personal and intimate way. Perhaps it is that we as humans often struggle to find ourselves in seemingly mundane ways compared to his journey while easily reading the drastic similarities between the lines.
A wonderfully selected cast delivers a gorgeous performance that does Mr. Gaiman's masterwork true justice. Neil Gaiman gave the world one hell of a road trip years ago, and it is easy to see why these American Gods still manage to stand tall.
Mostly, perfect casting choices. Every performance, including the amazing narration, was spot on.
I can't think of a reasonable comparison
He set just the right tone for the storytelling, woven between the characters performed by other voice artists.
Not extreme, per se, but a steady, deep appreciation of the author's story.
this was an amazing listen cast was great and story kept me wanting more. all the way to the end. I have never read the first run of the story and can not image how they took anything out of the modern masterpiece.
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