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Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the 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 a 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. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies . . . and 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.
"Mystery, satire, sex, horror, poetic prose—American Gods uses all these to keep the reader turning the pages."—Washington Post
©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)
My daughter is fan of the author, so on her recomendation I picked up this book to listen to. The premise is undeniably interesting. However I felt that the book went terribly dark and stayed there. In contrast to my current favorite fiction book World War Z, The leads characters seemed to experience events occuring to them, but did not grow or mature or deveolp as did the characters in WWZ. I also didn't relate well to the struggle of the main characters. I can't fault the author's skill, but I am not likely to pick up any other of his writings.
The content is incredible and the performance an immersive, delightful experience. If you like audio books you owe it to yourself to get this. If you have ever thought about listening to an audio book, I highly recommend this as your first.
This story is so fully engaging, and full of all the emotions. This is going down as one of my favorite performances in full cast audiobooks. This story is amazing, if you are able to be entertained, you'll fall in love with this story. Do yourself a favor and and don't skip this one!
I usually only listen you books while driving. I was so hooked I found myself installing the audible app on my PC and listening to it while at home. if you like folklore and mythology. this is a 100% must read
Aspiring author, classic literature scholar, fantasy and horror junkie, all wrapped up in a cute little package.
Gaiman is a master story teller, and this story is no exception. American Gods follows the story of Shadow, a recently released convict, on his road to self forgiveness, and redemption.
There are many interesting characters in this book, and the cast of voices is all very well chosen. There isn't really much about this book that I can say that hasn't already been said.
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
Lots of folks like this story, but I find little redeeming value here.
The author has won some awards, so I suppose his obnoxiously self-congratulatory tone is earned, but his recent immigrant's-eye-view of America, pivoting around various kitschy roadside tourist attractions, strikes me as a shallow interpretation of what America is, and it strains credulity to imagine Odin, Isis, Easter, and myriad others are wandering around worrying about how many people believe in them while they are robbing banks, grifting and whoring to pay the bills.
I think this book is as irrelevant as the has-been gods it pretends to champion.
With such fantastic reviews on Audible, I foolishly had high expectations. But all I could think through the whole book was, "I can't believe I paid $25 for this." The story was so slow and boring. The completely unnecessary, detailed, and perverse sex scenes were the worst parts of the book for me. The end scenes brought the only satisfying parts of the book where you finally got to have some things wrap up (in some cases, in an interesting way). But the majority of the book was so awful with the incredibly long and drawn out descriptions and side stories--I felt like all the "coming to America" parts were tedious and torturous.
The voice performances were very good, and I have no bad things to say about those.
Listened to this book for the first time. Still an amazing book worth all the praise that has been heaped upon it. Furthermore the full vast audio book is a truly top notch way of experiencing this singular novel. Highly recommended.
Great book all around. Unusual, original story with great performances and narration. Old legends and myths combine in a new way with new original characters that are both dispicable, relatable and endearing.
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