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Black Dog

Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Series: American Gods, Book 2.5
Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

'It followed me home,' he said conversationally.

In a rural northern village, legend tells of a ghostly black dog that appears from the darkness before you die.

Shadow Moon has been on the road a while now, but he can't walk any farther tonight, not with the rain lashing down. Gratefully he heads home with a nice English couple, who offer a box room, hot whisky and local tales. But when the man collapses en route, Shadow realises that something about this place has been left untold. Something ancient, something within the very walls of the village. Something shadowing them all.

©2015 Neil Gaiman (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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A good story

Short, but with unexpected twists and turns. You don’t have to have read anything else featuring Shadow to understand it.

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Author's own voice brings the story to life

An author who narrates his own books is a rarity. In this case a very positive thing.

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  • Sarah C
  • 04-10-19

A Shadowy snippet

I love these stories that follow Shadow post American Gods, this one does not disappoint.

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  • Ross H
  • 09-14-18

Dark, gaiman

This, as you may surmise, is a continuation of american gods, altho it feels a little obscure being all alone in a short story. Cool god and myth ideas tho linked in with human follies and foibles

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  • Ian Fletcher
  • 08-16-18

The continuing saga of Shadow...

I very much enjoy Neil Gaiman's story telling, liking this side series following on from American Gods. Nice to see some long term follow through and continuing story lines for Shadow Moon.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 07-27-18

Neil Gaiman is the best.

another great story from a great storyteller. I look forward to more stories like this one.

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  • tfdodo
  • 04-14-18

short and sweet. some familiarit but i wont spoil

enjoyed this. it is very much a short story in the middle of a longer story and none the worse dor that

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-18

great as always

great from the author. beautifully written and very well read.
shadow moon fantastic character ,
follows on well from American Gods.

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  • Martin and Sofia Carter
  • 09-09-17

A must listen if you like American Gods

This is an absolute must listen if you enjoyed American Gods. Niel Gaiman at his best

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  • Just
  • 08-17-17

Cool

If you could sum up Black Dog in three words, what would they be?

Abridged American Gods.

What did you like best about this story?

Good to see what Shadow is getting up to these days.

Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favourite?

Shadow. But Neil Gaiman reads them all very well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yeah. It'll move you too.

Any additional comments?

Nice little short story that neatly sums up the novel American Gods.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-19-17

A shot size story from the world of American Gods

Passes the time nicely enough and it's great to meet shadow again. It's just that it's a little disappointing after all he's gone through in America Gods he is still a bit of a patsy. Then again isn't the mythical Thor too?

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  • Mr. J. Ambler
  • 06-21-17

More rambles would be welcome!

Loving Shadow in the Uk... great standalone stories exploring the weird and wonderful. Dare we hope that there's a neverwhere crossover?! Maybe if we believe enough... it will exist