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)
What Gaiman writes, I eagerly read. I sort of like this better in hard copy than on audiobook, actually. This is most "epic" book to date, long and detailed - though some of the plot lines lost me and I couldn't care about most of the characters beyond their symbolic presence. It took a couple of listens to fully appreciate. A decent grounding in mythology will help the reader appreciate the characters. Beginners - start with Anasi Boys instead.
I feel like I enjoyed the writing and the characters more than the story. It takes a long time for something to really happen but when it starts it all happens at once. Might be because it's unabridged but I felt like there were a lot of scenes that could be taken out with little change to the story. The highlights are definitely the characters and their interactions. The people feel real for the most part. The negatives are in the story itself. It was much more like a bunch of loosely connected things happening instead of a fantasy adventure like I was expecting. Shadow seems along for the ride and there is little in terms of action until almost the end of the book. It's a solid 4 stars because there was more I liked than didn't like. Lots of fanservice for those that know mythology which I appreciated
I loved reading the book. At work I cannot read but I can listen to books on tape. I love this as much as I loved reading the books. The cast were almost spot on what I imagined in my head.
The narration and voice actors do a wonderful job really creating the world the Neil Gaiman has created. And it's fun hearing Gaiman read his foreword and all of the Coming to America interludes. The Audiobook has been as skillfully produced as all of Gaiman's other projects
Say something about yourself!
I can't wait for the TV show to come out. This is by far one of the best audio books on Audible.
As an idol for idiot worshippers, it behooves me to be as well-read as possible. But being an idiot I prefer to be read to.
It took me a while to finish this 10th anniversary edition of the audiobook. Mostly because it was a bit confusing. There are a few chapters set in the 1700s, that I still can't fully place in the main narrative of the book.
This book is about stories that humans make that have an effect on god-like beings. It's a road trip book through America, but it also has a sort of murder mystery in it. The novel also talks about how America treats their 'gods' (both the old ones that immigrants took with them to the New World back in the day and new ones, such as Media and Technology).
It's about conmen, and their tricks. It's about a guy named Shadow, an ex-convict whose past is murky, whose live might affect the future of the world.
I liked parts of the novel, but not all and because of the disjointed nature of this book, that's perfectly fine. For instance, I liked the bits that happened in Small Town USA, I liked the roadtrip part of the book, I liked the story about the Piskies, but disliked the bit that happens 'at the tree', as I felt that ground the story to a halt. It was kind of necessary for the plot, but it didn't flow in my mind.
It's an interesting look to life in the USA from an immigrant's perspective.
The story gets 3 stars from me, it's a decent novel, and I can see why it won so many awards, but it's not going to be put on my 'read again anytime soon'-stack.
The full-cast audio production however is top-notch. Good voice casting for most of the characters. (Except for one of the interludes when a female character got a very male voice)
I do like Gaiman. He has a unique way of writing, but in this book (despite being considered a classic) something missed. The plot is not bad and it keeps your attention. May be it is too dreamy...
People complain about the status quo without much thought of their role in creating it...this book eloquently described the phenomenon and gives voice to the unspoken venom poisoning us all.
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