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American Gods [TV Tie-In] Audiobook

American Gods [TV Tie-In]

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: In an era before both iPod and printing press, people told tales of the gods around the firepit. With American Gods, master storyteller Gaiman taps that mythic vein for a genre-defying modern-day tale of gods, both ancient and new, warring under our very noses. Giving voice to Gaiman's words, George Guidall brings out both the energy and emotion of this surprisingly human tale. His characterization of the much-more-than-a-conman Mr. Wednesday is masterful. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

Now a STARZ® Original Series produced by FremantleMedia North America, 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.

©2015 FreemantleMedia North America. All rights reserved. Artwork © Starz Entertainment, L.L.C. Starz and related services marks are the property of Starz Entertainment, L.L.C. (P)2001 HarperCollinsPublishers Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novel, 2002
  • Nebula Award Winner, Best Novel, 2002

"Brilliant dialogue and profound insights into American consciousness show Gaiman to be a visionary and a master wordsmith." (AudioFile)
"Neil Gaiman enters Stephen King territory...with American Gods." (New York Post)
"A crackerjack suspense yarn...juicily original...Wagnerian noir." (Salon.com)
"By turns thoughtful, hilarious, disturbing, uplifting, horrifying and enjoyable, and sometimes all at once." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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    A. Massey Kennesaw 12-07-03
    A. Massey Kennesaw 12-07-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Excellent"

    This was the first Neil Gaiman book I have read (listened) to and I really enjoyed it! I was hesitant to purchase since I generally do not like to ready fantasy, but all the other reviews convinced me to give it a try and I am glad I did. It was fun to learn about the "House on the Rock" and "Rock City" in an all new context.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary-Liz 02-28-13
    Mary-Liz 02-28-13

    I am a book junkie. Read to me.

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    "I bailed after Part 1"

    I love Neil Gaiman, I really do, but I could not keep reading this. This is his "revised" version, which adds something like 20,000 more words to the narrative. Really. Too much. George Guidall is a good narrator and gamely tackles the often difficult text with strong characterizations and lively conversations, but it wasn't enough. I just found the story about demons and angels battling in the Midwest frustrating, weird and alienating.
    I felt guilty giving up but I did. Life's too short. So sue me.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel R. Hall 01-05-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Good God!"

    I only knew Neil Gaiman from his work in The Sandman comics, and even then my knowledge was pretty limited. However, knowing the acclaim he has gotten for his work, I decided to give American Gods a read. It's weird and it's strange, but it's also very engaging. The characters and scenes came to life very easily and that could be attributed to the reading of George Guidall. He is one of the best I have heard so far and he was able to convince me that every character that I heard was very different indeed. I give the book itself a ****, but I add another * for the excellent reading. If there's one Neil Gaiman book you buy, start here.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 11-23-08
    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 11-23-08 Member Since 2010

    audiobookaholic

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    "Good Gaiman"

    Neil Gaiman's unique mix of fairy tale, humor, science-fiction, and tragedy is a beautiful thing when it's firing on all cylinders. He is able to create worlds that are completely believable one moment and utterly impossible the next. In this epic story of exiled gods trying to find their way back to Valhalla, Olympus, or wherever else they came from, he examines the myths at the core of our civilization while simultaneously providing a hilarious gangster story complete with shadowy agents, double-crosses, and Russian expatriates. Nothing is what it seems to be...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan New Haven, CT, United States 01-28-08
    Jonathan New Haven, CT, United States 01-28-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Fun with metaphysics"

    This is my first read of a Gaiman novel. As a huge comics fan, I am always hopeful that a writer of comics can succeed as a traditional author.

    Here Gaiman not only did not let me down, but in fact superseded my expectations. The narrative is clever, and the characters are just interesting enough to allow the events to unfold in the way that they need to unfold. We know little about the Shadow character - here that is a good thing.

    The best thing about the novel is that the story becomes both more exciting and plausible as it gets closer to its climax. And the epilogue is even better.

    The narrator is excellent. His vocal repertoire is quite good. It is particularly strong for the female characters, such as Laura, and for the two most interesting male gods, Wednesday and Chernabog. Some of the voices are a tad cartoonish, but they seem to match Gaiman's intentions.

    In summary, this is a highly enthusiastic review of a book that should not disappoint.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 07-20-07
    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 07-20-07 Member Since 2007

    Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.

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    "American Gods is well worth hearing"

    I had never read this author before, but because it was an award winner, I decided to try it. George Guidall is always a great narrator so that was a plus from the start.

    Neil Gaiman does a wonderful job creating memorable characters in this book. He both pokes fun at and at the same time shows respect to Gods and Religions as well as "America" with a capital A.

    My only complaint is that in a couple of spots he gets a little heavy handed with trying to make a point about one thing or another. But since the author does this through the character's dialog and not in the narration, it is not very distracting.

    I liked the fact that Shadow, the main character, really comes alive in his dialog and patterns of speech. I began to feel like I knew him, and what he was likely to say in a given situation. Since I am reviewing an audio book, I have to compliment George Guidall for enhancing this.

    I was very satisfied with this novel, and would recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Austin, TX, USA 08-27-05
    James Austin, TX, USA 08-27-05 Member Since 2007
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    "Great mix of tall tales, legends, and plot twists"

    What a refreshing change. This book mixes in a variety of myths, legends, and tall tales into a suspensful tale of its own with plot twists that keep you guessing all the way. It's well read with lively voice characterizations that made the listen much more interesting for me. Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    B. Owen-thomas 01-20-04
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    "Sorry to see it end"

    Once again it's midnight and I can't sleep, but then again I haven't slept since starting this audiobook. I own literally 100+ audiobooks in various formats and I bought this in hardcopy after listening to it. This and Lonesome Dove are the only ones. It is unique in it's concepts and defining in it genre. But, what is it genre since it crosses so many lines. It's like driving on a 8 lane freeway at 85 miles an hr. and weaving in and out of traffic and each car passed is has its own ...............

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Eloy, AZ, United States 08-10-08
    Angela Eloy, AZ, United States 08-10-08 Member Since 2015
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    "New Favorite Book and Author"

    WOW...I listened to Neils G. book "Neverwhere" and really liked it, which is why I decided to give this a listen. This book is extraordinary in concept and fluidity of story. The concept is ingenious. I cannot praise it enough..PURE CREATIVE GENIUS & TALENT.. I will listen to it again. For those who wrote complaining of the language..Give me a break, the character portrayal would be lacking without it, and gives the book a more realistic feel. This book contains convicts and thugs as characters...Swearing is a natural part of there vernacular expression.(there really was not that much) I don't mean to offend the people that wrote those comments, but I almost did not get the book because of those reviews. And that would have been a great loss not to have experienced the journey of "American Gods"

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    John tallevast, FL, United States 02-07-12
    John tallevast, FL, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2011

    List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen

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    Would you try another book from Neil Gaiman and/or George Guidall?

    I would have to review the book thoroughly first by Mr. Gaiman... As far as George is concerned - Uhhh Yeah. He's one of the best. See Vince Flynn books


    What was most disappointing about Neil Gaiman’s story?

    There was no real story. A lot of good background. Also seemed a little anti American if I think too hard


    Could you see American Gods being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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