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)
American Gods is a great story to begin with, and would have been fine with just a single narrator, but they take it one step beyond by utilizing an entire cast. Everyone delivers a great performance, and it was a very enjoyable listen.
I went into this book blind off of a recommendation and I could not be happier. It kept me intrigued throughout the entire story, and the full cast was amazing. It's hard to discuss the book without potentially spoiling things but I strongly urge you to give it a read.
This was my first Neil Gaiman book, recommended by a good friend. I'm definitely a fan. I do believe "Tiger's Balls" will be stuck in my head for quite some time.
I love these ensemble cast productions, it really spices up the listening experience. The story is well thought out and certainly thought provoking. If you've studied world mythology you'll really get a kick out of the various God's you'll see from around the world. I have to admit though that the pacing really got to me. The author seems to enjoy including little details of what a character does in some absent minded way that might be a good touch in film but only causes the story to feel drawn out and kind of boring when listening to it. The ending also felt a bit too neat and simple considering all the thought and planning that supposedly went into the antagonist's plot. All in all a satisfying listen though.
This book is great, the performance made the book even more astounding. I highly recommend this book either as a read or as an audio book. I can't wait to see what they're going to do with the TV show.
a lot of random tangents semi-relevant to the main plot. really great idea for a book and interesting twists, turns, and revelations! great intermingling of gods! also it leaves me desiring further revelations.
I really enjoyed this book, the story kept me interested and questioning without making me feel like it was trying to hard. The narration was great as well. Many people dislike the use of voice differentiation however in my opinion the cast did am amazing job in pulling you into the story.
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