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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • M. Cafferky
  • 10-26-16

Wonderful delivery of an excellent novel

A road trip, a mystery, a buddie story, Americana, and fantasy - all delivered in several intermingled stories, wonderfully tied together. A great listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-19-16

amazing book

I red American Gods many years ago and listening to this interpretation was like giving colour to a black and white Wizard of Oz movie.

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  • Stephen Neill
  • 10-13-16

My first Gaiman

After attending the American Gods Panel at San Diego Comic Con 2016 I thought it wise to read the book before seeing the show next spring.
I had an idea of what I was going to read. What I read was very different. I've never read anything by Mr Gaiman before and thoroughly enjoyed the otherworldly characters, the road trip around the states and Shadow Moon's baffled take of the events taking place around him.
I would recommend!!

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  • Garf
  • 10-13-16

Im going to have to revisit this...

a very odd book and I think i may have been better served reading a hard copy first. I'll be back.

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  • Dan
  • 10-12-16

Fantastic!

I dipped into reading this book years ago, been meaning to get back to read it since then but not getting around to it. this complete edition is excellent, performances solid, really enjoyable and I hope Neil Gaiman does return to Shadow's adventures one day

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  • Mr. B. Trotter
  • 10-10-16

The No 1 Audiobook

Would you listen to American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) again? Why?

The same reason I have watched Bladerunner at least 20 times it's a masterpiece

What other book might you compare American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) to, and why?

BBC Pilgrim series , which is utterly brilliant

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The cast, were all superb

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

Didn't laugh or cry, but always entranced.

Any additional comments?

Audiobooks like this could be the big moneymakers,obviously expensive to produce but IMHO worth the investment. I would pay twice the price for a dramatised version over a narrated audiobook.

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  • jessica
  • 10-06-16

Completely Engaging

I loved the narration of this story so much, it was exactly how I imagined the characters when I read this a number of years ago. It's the most important thing for me when listening to an audio book, and the pace and tone were absolutely perfect for the storyline! I didn't want it to end.

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  • Madesina
  • 09-23-16

It's a pretty decent novel. can be a bit of a slog

Neil Gaiman I'd a professional. the quintessential working author. however this book is really long.

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  • Alistair
  • 08-29-16

a meandering, captivating listen

A bit of a slow burn, then over all at once. Well written and quite enjoyed it.

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  • Paul Jones
  • 08-25-16

Wonderfully strange meandering story. Loved it.

Hooked me from the first line. Following Shadow's journey through this semi imaginary America was a joy. Just a pity it had to end.

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  • DeD
  • 04-05-17

Second read, loved it!!

Neil Gaiman knows how to spin a story. Absolutely rivetting. Some parts were a bit philosophical and I got turned a little around, but I reckon that was the point.

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  • Megan
  • 04-03-17

fantastic take on the dilution of culture

very enjoyable tale with an interesting perspective on immigration and culture. very enjoyable narrative and the authors perspective was great.

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  • Mike
  • 03-25-17

Main character was great

Shadow is an attractive character. I found the language unnecessarily coarse. The love story threaded through the whole book drew me on, wanting to know how it resolved.

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  • Jarren Pinchuck
  • 03-19-17

It was easy to get completely lost in this story.

Loved every minute! There were times when I didnt want to get out of my car so I could keep listening.

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  • JL
  • 03-14-17

A compelling tale. Engrossing.

The characters, the thoughts, the experience!! This was my first Gaiman, but not the last. Thank you!!

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  • Peta
  • 03-06-17

An absolutely amazing story

If you are looking for adventure, myth, magic, compassion, heartache, longing, resolution, war and peace - look no further, this book has it all.

I listen to a lot of audiobooks and the style of narrative in this book is the best I have ever heard. I will be listening to this for years to come and recommending to everyone I have ever met.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-17

19 hours of bliss!

An amazing tale that is compelling for the entire duration. Neil Gaiman is a god!

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  • David
  • 03-04-17

Amazing performances for an amazing story

Neil Gaiman's brilliance is brought to life by thoroughly brilliant voice acting. This is the first time I've enjoyed the "Author's Cut" of this story, and it is without doubt one of the best experiences I've had with a book, audio or otherwise. The authors brilliant, delightful imagination is brought to life by simply brilliant voice actors. I say this as someone who has spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours listening to audiobooks: this performance is the gold standard for the format.

An incredible imagination is not enough to produce entertaining stories, and it's Gaiman's ability to weave the fantastic through the mundane which sets him apart; I'm hard pressed to think of modern authors that share his ability in this. The late (and absurdly great) Terry Pratchett, China Mieville and Clive Barker are all who spring to mind.

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A wonderful, clever, and beautifully written story performed by voice actors who are as good at their craft as the author his.

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  • Emily
  • 03-04-17

A great edition!

I absolutely loved this author preferred text of "American Gods". The story was rich with description and details. The narrator was good but I was slightly disappointed it wasn't Neil reading the whole way through, but the American narrator suited the text. I enjoyed the different voices for the characters and the interludes by Neil. A great novel and a great listen!

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  • Conor
  • 03-03-17

I highly recommend this book.

Incredible read/listen. Neil Gaiman writes in a way that completely transports you into the world he has created.
I frequently listened to this book on my long commute to work and I enjoyed it so much I've noticed a significant decrease in my frustration at morning traffic (road rage).
An odd but welcome side-effect.

5 stars. Give it a go.