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American Gods

A Novel
Narrated by: George Guidall
Series: American Gods, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 52 mins
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Now a TV Series produced by FremantleMedia North America available internationally on Amazon, exclusively through Prime Video and starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Pablo Schreiber.

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.

American Gods ©2015 FremantleMedia North America. All rights reserved. Artwork under license to FremantleMedia.

©2001 Neil Gaiman (P)2001 Recorded Books

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Genius story from a genius author

One of the best stories of one of the best contemporary authors. Definitely worth listening.

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Great narration except for female characters

Really well done, except all his female characters sound the same. Interview at the end is amazingly fun treat.

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Great experience

All in all a great book with interesting characters and intriguing plot. Clearly shows that Mr. Gaiman had done his homework. Plot was also surprising and kept you guessing throughout.

Also George Guidall gave a lovely performance portraing the varied cast

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Exceptional story

I liked how integrated this all felt while listening and how much perspective of day to day life changed for me towards the end. It really makes you wonder about what happened to old gods in the past and if there are any more old ones being worshipped in my part of the world. The audiobook reader did a fantastic job at painting this wonderful story and looking forward to reading more from the author and to the TV show!

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Interesting but not exciting

Interesting book with a good plot. On the slow side. Well written and narrated, but somehow it didn't excite me. It took me months to finish. Felt unfocused at times, and as if the protagonist had no drive or mission.

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Hmmm something was missing

I don't know, the book was fine but I kept feeling something else was missing, it didn't really trap me, maybe there were too many elements taking place but something quite not made it for me. It could have been a different, more intimate story, but there was too much information it became confusing and meh. Ok in general I guess.

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Awesome!

Loved the book. Characters were well written and the plot kept surprising me allover. Original idea still respecting old folklore and history. The narrator was good and brought story alive.

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Oh... My... GODS!!! (bah dum bum!) Hee hee ha ha!

I am so angry at myself for putting this off for so long. I should have grabbed it and enjoyed it years ago when it was first released.
Bottom line, a great listen. The reader sounds exactly, EXACTLY, like Anthony Hopkins. lol Awesome. Frickin' awesome.
Hell effing yes I would recommend this audiobook! Love it. Love it. LOVE IT!

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Clever and fascinating story!

A must read religious fable, whether you're into the god stuff yourself or not! Gods are everywhere. Or are they...?

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masterpiece

Twisted, tiny bit predictable but worth every page. Feast for the brain. Reading this book is like bathing in warm water. With a bit of blood thrown in.