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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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    April Everett, WA, United States 01-25-11
    April Everett, WA, United States 01-25-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Brilliant."

    A genius synthesis of hundreds of ideas about story telling, culture, religion and violence. It is glorious to savor, and a highly literary, literate book. Be prepared to listen slowly and carefully. The story is multi layered like Victorian house, several stories (pun intended) high and basement too. There are also plenty of closets, which may not seem part of the integrity of the structure until you consider the basic theme of myth and society is what its all about. Myth is a mirror into ourselves as well as a lesson of culture and self management. It is a complicated book and a challenging read, but worth your time.

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    Louise New York, NY, United States 01-17-11
    Louise New York, NY, United States 01-17-11
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    "Amazing!"

    This was my introduction to Neil Gaiman and it blew me away. It showed me American culture in a way I have never seen before yet was very true. Very very enjoyable.

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    matthew payette, ID, United States 12-09-10
    matthew payette, ID, United States 12-09-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Very good"

    What can I say. very good fun to listen to, good mind bender. It also had good charactors.

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    virginia rotonda west florida 11-09-10
    virginia rotonda west florida 11-09-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully written"

    I usually do not listen to sci/fi except the occasional Charlaine Harris and stick to the strictly whodunits BUT.....absolutely loved this book. It is not checkered throughout with profanity and porno sex scenes as was inferred by another reviewer. There is actually very little along those lines. The homosexual liason was without much detail to offend anyone (except the most extreme homophobe). The mystic flavor is not determined to be reality, it could be just a dream or delusions. Whatever it is, I enjoyed the entire book (it is very long) and found myself not wanting to finish. And could George Guidall be any better? Hoping for a sequel.

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    Tim Stevens Point, WI, United States 10-30-10
    Tim Stevens Point, WI, United States 10-30-10
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    "Excellent but challenging"

    This is an absolutely excellent novel with interesting characters and a subtly engaging plot full of symbolism and meaningful ambiguity. If you need a book that hammers you over the head with easy one-liners and leads you from one action point to another by your nose, pass on this. This one requires you to be an active reader, and it rewards you handsomely for the effort.

    Yes, there is graphic language and occasional graphic sexual situations, not to mention a non-traditional take on religion, so it is clearly not for everyone.

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    Jeremy Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-29-10
    Jeremy Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-29-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely loved it"

    If you like Stephen King in any way, I'd recommend this book. American Gods is not really a 'horror' book per se, but Gaiman's narration is very similar to King's. They both have a talent for making you believe the impossible through description of the mundane; Odin loves bad diner food, and the dark god Chernobog (the demon at the end of Fantasia) likes to play checkers. A good amount of mythological knowledge is recommended, as you'll better appreciate the diverse cast, but not totally required.

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    Carolyn Centreville, AL, United States 10-19-10
    Carolyn Centreville, AL, United States 10-19-10
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    "Vile"

    I hated it. Disgusting, rude, vile, sexually explicit; I just hated it! I couldn't get passed the first few chapters and I don't really care to see how the author could have redeemed the book in later chapters. It was not worth my money or my time.

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    Heather Angwin, CA, United States 10-05-10
    Heather Angwin, CA, United States 10-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A Must Read"

    This book was very interesting and engaging. Being from Wisconsin, I got a kick out of all the references. But even beyond that, intriguing idea of the gods still being around and being just as flawed as all of us. The adventures of the main character were engaging and I really never felt like I really knew what would happen next. Great twists in the story too that were backed up through the storyline. Neil Gaiman is such an imaginative and engaging author. Loved this book.

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    Chad 10-02-10
    Chad 10-02-10
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    "Very Interesting"

    This is not an action-packed thriller. It is a very interesting book, with great characters and a steady plot. I think the best part of the book are its IDEAS. If you like it when you put a book down and your brain keeps going, you'll enjoy this book. I think the concept of the book is very interesting, as is the way it is delivered. It takes our big ideas and sacred beliefs and serves them up through ordinary, even mundane faces.
    I thought it was funny and interesting throughout, a good story.
    The narration was fantastic. Guidall seems to have an extraordinary range or believable, authentic voices that seem to develop the characters even more.

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    Dave Clifford, ON, Canada 09-24-10
    Dave Clifford, ON, Canada 09-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing Listen!"

    An incredible novel, with a stellar narrating performance by George Guidall. I read this book when it was first published and enjoyed it immensely. I found that the narration added a second layer to the novel. It increased my enjoyment of the novel and it increased my appreciation of the craft of narration. Bravo!!!

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