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American Gods Audiobook

American Gods

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Publisher's Summary

American Gods, the extraordinary, highly acclaimed epic audiobook from storytelling genius and international bestseller Neil Gaiman, comes vividly to life this May in the hottest major TV show of 2017. Praised by Empire as 'something very special', the series will be shown in the UK on Amazon Prime Video and stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning and Gillian Anderson.

If you are to survive, you must believe.

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

The war has already begun, an epic struggle for the very soul of America, and Shadow is standing squarely in its path.

©2001 Neil Gaiman (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Gaiman is a treasure-house of story and we are lucky to have him." (Stephen King)
"Original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive, a picaresque journey across America where the travelers are even stranger than the roadside attractions." (George R. R. Martin)
"Gaiman has a rich imagination...and an ability to tackle large themes." (Philip Pullman)
"A very fine and imaginative writer." (The Times)

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    Keri Mills 05-12-15
    Keri Mills 05-12-15
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    "A bit disappointing but good fun"

    I expected more of this novel as I loved Good Omens & the Sandman series. It wasn't funny like Good Omens & it didn't have that same high fantasy quality as Sandman. But it was pretty good - the really morbid bits were my favourite, they were edgy. I enjoyed the performances though I thought many of the female voices were breathy & overdone. But this is not a women's book - it borderline failed the Bechdel test. I can only think of one sustained
    conversation between women & it was mainly about Shadow. I felt some of the 'ethnic legends' sections were a bit co-opted, too. The idea that the gods were with the slaves in Santo Domingo but that people didn't have enough belief in mainland America (for a revolt) was super dodgy.

    Overall a bit disappointing but pretty good fun.

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    Amazon Customer 03-29-14
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    "Excellent"
    Would you listen to American Gods again? Why?

    Yes. Fascinating story, brilliant narration. What is not to like?


    What other book might you compare American Gods to and why?

    Master and Margarita. The only theme the two books share is of God/Devil doing crazy things in our world. Other than that, they are very different.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scenes involving Mr. Ibis.


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

    Spolier - Wednesday's death. I did not see that coming, and it left me feeling sad. I kept hoping it is a mistake, maybe the author will bring him back. He did in a sense, but not in the same way.


    Any additional comments?

    Kudos to the narrator. I have become a fan.

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    Gill Palmerston North, New Zealand 02-19-14
    Gill Palmerston North, New Zealand 02-19-14

    I like good books, I will follow a good author and i listen to friends recommendations. Love audio books and am fascinated and learning.

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    "Audio verses reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Gods to be better than the print version?

    Im learning about the medium of audio books and It reminds me of radio plays when i was young. This is a different reading experience, and this book would have been slightly better for me in print, in order to follow the characters involved. Apart from that excellent in all respects, an inspired writer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods?

    I like the believable blend of reality and fantasy - Like George McDonald (?) C S Lewis


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    Matthew 01-19-13
    Matthew 01-19-13
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    "Great book, read expertly"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Totally. American Gods is one of my favourite books, which is brought to life in this edition by Guidall.


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    David 12-30-12
    David 12-30-12
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    "Perfection in Story Telling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is one that will be recommended to anyone and everyone I think holds any interest in fantasy, mystery, superheroes, horror or just the peculiar and interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods?

    Most mystery novels lack the ability to be read more than once. Not so with this book. There is so much that goes into this book, knowing the end would not distract from the powerful imagery, depth of exploration into myth, and the gripping character relationships. So much happens in this book that one listen would not be enough. I genuinely loved every moment of this well told story.


    What about Neil Gaiman and George Guidall ’s performance did you like?

    The reading is spot on that provides the right pacing for the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Remove your shoes, this theatre is sacred ground.


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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 12-28-12
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 12-28-12 Member Since 2016

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "An interesting tale and well read"

    This is an interesting story and the narration is very well done. However I did not find the story to be moving and once over the initial premise it just plods along at a relaxed pace. So yes it was good, but not the brilliance I was expecting from the other reviews.

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    Sarandos Johannesburg, South Africa 11-07-12
    Sarandos Johannesburg, South Africa 11-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Flawless!!"
    Any additional comments?

    American Gods has been an amazing book since the day it was published, but this 10th anniversary production has resulted in the best audiobook I have ever heard. Perfect narrators, flawless character voices, seamless production - all doing justice to as rich a story and set of characters as you could ever hope for - set in the beatifully crafted attic spaces of America that those of us who don't live there love to read about and imagine. Thank you Mr. Gaiman and all those who put this production together, this is a new standard in audiobooks and it has made my life richer.

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    ratna Northam, Australia 09-19-12
    ratna Northam, Australia 09-19-12
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    "Brilliant Listen"
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    Tight plot, great characters, very Neil Gaiman, some are definitely warped and disgusting, the bad guys/good guys interplay is clever, the spiritual journey personified, America is mocked in an offbeat way and as always Mr Gaiman, thank you for the magic.<br/>

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    Stuart 07-12-12
    Stuart 07-12-12
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    "The best book I have ever listened to"

    This book was totally captivating. It is flawlessly constructed and very clever, without being unaccessably highbrow. Often when listening to audiobooks my mind will drift off elsewhere, but that didn't happen once during American Gods which is a huge compliment to the quality of Neil Gaiman's writing.
    Adding to the experience was the excellent performance of the narrator, George Guidall, whose voice for each character perfectly captured every one. I will be looking for more books where he has been the narrator - just excellent!

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    Nathan PORIRUA, New Zealand 06-23-12
    Nathan PORIRUA, New Zealand 06-23-12 Member Since 2017

    I listen to audiobooks on my 2 hour commute to work every day. Favourite authors include Michael Connelly, Stephen King, and D J Molle

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    "Strange, slow moving, story"

    The characters in American Gods are interesting and the reading performance is superb. American Gods deals with the weird, the strange, and the unreal - all of which I like. However, I also like stuff to actually happen, and this novel kept me waiting too long between the main events. The plot was too slow moving for my liking. It kept me interested until the end, but only barely.

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  • andy
    northwich, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "well read, great book"

    I hadn't read the book itself in a long while and noticed it on here so thought id give it a go. Still a great book and a really good audio book too!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Dunstable, United Kingdom
    10/23/12
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    "Gaiman's Best Work."

    I suppose this is a road trip book of sorts. And a book about belief. As would be expected from a Neil Gaiman book it's a tad surreal and it leaves a taste in the brain. On a trip to the States years after first reading it I came across road signs for the House On The Rock and had to visit, my pilgrimage, pay my respects. It was quite as bonkers as I'd imagined.



    The narration and the voices, most particularly Shadow (the main character), are perfect. It flows like honey and captivates quite as much as the words did upon first reading.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    Stockwood, Bristol, United Kingdom
    6/22/13
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    "Brilliant and Thought Provoking"

    I last listened to a Neil Gaiman children's book which I loved and happened to mention to my daughter. She recommended this. It is definitely not a children's book, there are fantastic images which will stay in my head forever. Somehow the unacceptable and unusual become the norm. The book raised questions I'd never asked before.

    Great experience. I think it did for me what the Hobbit did at age 10 and Titus Groan in my 20s. It is not How Green Was My Valley.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • ThePaulPBrown
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    10/23/13
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    "Abridge me"
    Where does American Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good but not great. The Ocean at the End of Lane is a superior narrative and much more cohesive and engaging


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The narrative is very rambling - and the interludes (which I imagine were cut from the first edition book) break up the already baggy narrative. When the threads come together it is satisfying enough<br/><br/>Given how beautifully Neil Gaiman writes, I was disappointed that this is too indulgent and therefore only patchily gripping.


    What about Neil Gaiman and George Guidall ’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely brilliantly read - comes across like a play. The best narration of an audio book that I have heard


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Magical in places but overall impact greatly reduced by the indulgent bagginess


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend the Ocean at the End of Lane and this is good but just too long

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Paj50
    11/23/16
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    "A Brilliant Listen."

    I have to confess, this is the first audiobook that I've heard end to end.
    What makes American Gods such a good listen, apart from a great story, and I'm also listening to other great stories from other wonderful authors, is the excellent production, and cast. The book becomes a radio play, that I wanted to give my ear to, as often as I could. Generally, with audiobooks, I become so familiar with the voice of the person reading, that I inadvertently begin to tune out, no matter how well they read, and personify the characters. The production on American Gods, for me, was like listening in colour.
    If you'd like to have your ears have an audible treat, then hand over your coin, and enjoy a good listen.

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  • Jonathan Greene
    11/21/16
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    "Great listen fantastic story. Gonna look for more"

    loved it. Neil G is a fantastic story teller... gonna look for more right now 😎

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andy Smith
    10/20/16
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    "Simply Superb. Transcends tech changes deliciously"

    A brilliant take on the legends of the world in a completely ludicrous way that makes any use of technology redundant. Timelessness built in

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • E
    Wood Green, United Kingdom
    10/6/16
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    "This is how audio books should be"

    This how a audiobook should sound like if using multiple voice actors to do the multiple characters...A Song of Ice and Fire series should take note.
    I had heard about this book from friends and the story and performances took me on a journey with Shadow . it had my imagination going as I listened walking to and from work and hope somewhere down the line we do here from Shadow again.
    Check out the trailers for the forthcoming TV show based on the book . I hope they do it justice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mike G.
    10/5/16
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    "For those who wish to ride a thunderbird."

    There's a place that sits inside the human mind, a place where the myths and the stories go, a place in the mind between the real and the perceived. This book explores that place, and takes you on a journey through an imagined America; where the Queen of Sheba is a devout prostitute making her clients worship her before feasting on them, where Odin is a two-bit hustler always on the con, but always on the lookout for something bigger, and Easter is a minor celebrity with a complex about her fame and reputation. American Gods has everything from a doom-laden romance, and a small town mystery, to a comedy of errors and a tragic death with big consequences, it also has vignettes that explore gods and our relationships with them, and a foreword and afterword by the author. I'd say its one of, if not the best book Neil Gaiman has written to date; there are perhaps many better written books, but not many better told stories :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Graham Kemble
    9/4/16
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    "Best ever"

    I've never taken the time to write a book review before. I felt I had to write a brief one for this book (and I have read many books, over 49 years – science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction etc) – it is simply the best book I've ever read (heard)! I did not want it to end... I have become a real fan of Neil Gaiman :-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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