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
I listened to the 10th Anniversary Edition which probably I should've listened to the original instead based on some of the other reviews. This audiobook was confusing with too many tangents. There were some parts that were really good and others that were extremely boring and could've been left out. I loved the concept of the story but didn't play out as I expected. I just did not fall in love with this book and wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, or at least the audiobook 10th anniversary edition. I'm disappointed as this was my first Neil Gaiman book, I probably should've started with a different one.
I just downloaded Stardust, I've heard that's more a straightforward "read".
Whoever spoke as Shadow had no reflection.
this is one of the best books i have read in a long time! it is WELL worth the time and an amazing story! What god do you give power to?????
On the road quite a bit either solo or with kids in the car. Love finding entertainment for that broad range.
Yes. The points where American Gods disappointed, Gaiman's collection of short stories called M is for Magic makes up for.
I quit trying to guess where the story was heading at "the farmhouse". Not because it was difficult or bad, but because it took a backseat to the hear&now of the storytelling. Then I was surprised.
The author's own foreword inspired me to read the book. It may have been one of the best parts of the book.
The strong language and sexual content has caused more than one person I know to quit the book.
Fantastic story, great writing and the "Full Cast Production" was awesome, added immensely to the storytelling. Can't wait to see what Shadow does next.
Perhaps it was narration (perhaps I would not have enjoyed the book had I read it) but Shadow and Wednesday just pulled me in and I could not leave this book and I wish there was more.
If ever you listen to a book to enjoy form, listen to this book. That's not to say that the story itself is lacking, but I have yet to encounter as perfect an execution as this book, and this edition. Kudos to the readers!
They're not as alive and you or me, they're they're certainly not dead.
This is a modern epic fantasy. It took me two tries to get going on this audiobook. For some reason, the first time I tried to listen, I never could get into the story. Then, a year later, I tried again and this time I loved it! Now, I have to admit that I'd have been much happier if Neil Gaiman had narrated the story himself as he's probably one of my favorite narrators. I had a hard time getting used to the full cast especially as I felt there were some odd interjections.
As for the story itself, it was so creative. I loved figuring out who the gods were in the original incarnations. I liked the twists and I really felt for Shadow. I also got super excited at the part that took place in Rock City (seeing as how that's my hometown area). That made it feel like the story came to me.
Neil Gaiman is definitely at the top of my favorite writers list. Read anything by him.
I got this book after listening to an episode of ‘Twit’ years ago and I just got around to listening to it. Here we see the ‘Gods’ we worship as they would be if we took them off their pedestals and looked at them as should look at them. I won’t spoil anything however I do like it when they come across one of them hitchhiking across a country. We meet an ordinary man that learns there is nothing ordinary about the world around us. We see ‘Gods’ running businesses and not doing well. We also see them being taken in a con-job and doing con-jobs. We even see them trying to be ‘the’ God they were in the past. Here Gaiman did a wonderful job bringing together all of the various cultures and explaining all the Gods with surprising accuracy and realism. I don’t want to spoil anything other than to say you need to read this book and realize all is not as it seems. I wouldn't research this book until you've finished it because too many people will ruin it for you.
The book is well written and the Full Cast Production is pretty cool. I followed the book easily and couldn't wait to get to the next part quickly. It makes you think about all the gods from the past and the gods (idols) that are coming up in the present and future time. But I would love to see this in a movie just the way it is written.
Epic god warfare
Shadow is an amazing character and Neil Gaiman really creates someone you can both relate to and feel for during the story. Shadow has some crazy stuff happen to him, and it helps that you legitimately like him to keep going. You're really rooting for him by the end of the book.
I have not, but the narrator does an amazing job with this book. His voice was perfect for the novel!
"When gods go to war, we all lose"
The book truly is a masterpiece and I enjoyed the heck out of it. If you haven't read the book yet, pick it up immediately. If you have, you might just find yourself enjoying listening to it instead of reading. The voices of characters like Chernobog really shine in the audio recording and I had a blast listening to it!
After getting out of jail, Shadow is whisked into a world that has changed without his wife, with a new boss, strange characters, and a storm that could change the face of the world irrevocably.
Neil Gaiman hasn't created a new world as much as new characters to inhabit our current one. Filled with myth, pathos and life this book is a beacon in modern fantasy fiction. This is a book not about an ultimate battle as much as it is about the the ideas of obsolescence and humanity being cut from the cloth of gods. This isn't a book about a hero who comes in swinging a sword or firing a gun to save the day, this is about flawed interesting characters, tired, beaten down, and lost trying to find their way in this new world. The characters are beautifully well drawn and compelling throughout the book and make the journey an indelible one. When the story feels a bit bloated in places, be aware that there's a reason for it, and it will all come together for you in the end. It takes some time for the pieces of who Shadow is to come into play and when it does it makes it worth while.
The cast of voices are unforgettably good when it comes to Shadow, Wednesday & Laura while the secondary characters are rich and alive. There isn't a wrong note, voice, or tone throughout the entire story. Incredibly well done.
An incredibly well told story who's journey keeps you intrigued, invested and caring what happens next. If you want something different from the fantasy you've been listening to, look no further, you won't forget this one.
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