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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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  • Nina
    UK
    2/22/16
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    "Percy Jackson this ain't..."
    Would you listen to American Gods again? Why?

    Definitely yes. There are so many hidden meanings in the book and clever symbolism, hence it would be fun to scratch the surface more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    interesting female characters which add colours to this complicated story.


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

    It's great to listen to an audiobook read by an author and having a second narrator makes it more interesting, as the book becomes more like a play.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Actually not. The book requires a lot of attention to details, so it was good to pace the listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Cleverly written and enjoyable book. If you read 'Neverwhere' and enjoyed it, this book is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Thrale
    London, UK
    5/2/15
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    "Could have been such a good story."
    Would you try another book written by Neil Gaiman or narrated by Neil Gaiman and George Guidall ?

    Maybe. I thought the narration was excellent and the story had great potential.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Neil Gaiman again?

    Possibly.


    What does Neil Gaiman and George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The performances by all voices kept me listening. I would not have continued reading as a book.


    What character would you cut from American Gods?

    A lot of the gods.


    Any additional comments?

    I really disappointed with this book. There was such great potential and it started off really well, but somewhere towards the end Gaiman lost the plot and the ending was just ridiculous. I found coming to America stories very interesting though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    South Norwood, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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    "FAR too long winded with an under-whelming ending"

    You expect a book with such a great build-up to have an ending that matches the rest of the story, but unfortunately it drags on, seems to go nowhere for ages, and then ends in a whimper rather than a "bang"

    This could have done with some abridging to bring it's time down, and maybe even make the ending less winding, but this is just FAR too long

    I adore Neil Gaiman most of the time, but this book is nowhere near his best work

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • zac
    north walsham, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "Compelling"

    I listened to this driving over a number of long winter nights it is a dark and beautiful story, wonderfully read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    BASILDON, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "amazing"

    An incredible journey. Sprawling adventure that bring together the old countries and America. This book need time set aside to be heard, not for listening in parts. The characters are well developed, many are likeable and some you will loath. Shadow dances between old and new gods. Neil Paints masterpieces, unlike boy wizards author’s works with crayon!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie
    11/15/17
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    "Bought because of the TV show"

    It was a good book, but nothing to rave on about. I bought it because I enjoyed the first season of the TV Show so much that I needed to get more of a fix for it. Some parts felt very slow, and some parts quite rushed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alan bradford
    11/11/17
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    "A well told rambling story "

    An intriguing story, fairly well narrated, which meanders as the author fills the canvas with colour.

    I enjoyed it without ever feeling enthralled

    Definitely worth a listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. O. A. Wrangham
    Cardiff, Wales
    11/9/17
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    "Wonderful"

    Wondered what all the fuss was about on TV and thought I’d listen to the book. Never heard an ensemble audiobook before but it was a pleasant surprise.

    Story is good but toward the end gets a bit jumbled I felt. Still very satisfied with the purchase. The mythology and pop culture mix really well and the main characters relationship is wonderful. Really interesting change of pace at the middle of the book that showed off the writers obvious talents.

    Would highly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/8/17
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    "Get out that imagination... you're gonna need it!"

    great... You can get lost if you don't concentrate but it's brilliant. came here after being intrigued by the tv series and wanted more... I certainly got that bow I don't want them to veer too far off the source material! brilliance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    11/8/17
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    "a great read"

    The cast were a great- diverse, clear, well portrayed- and the story have enough information to follow the story, but not so much that the end was given away. my favourite character was horus, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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