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Now a TV Series produced by FremantleMedia North America available internationally on Amazon, exclusively through Prime Video and 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.

American Gods ©2015 FremantleMedia North America. All rights reserved. Artwork under license to FremantleMedia.

©2001 Neil Gaiman (P)2001 Recorded Books

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Genius story from a genius author

One of the best stories of one of the best contemporary authors. Definitely worth listening.

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Interesting but not exciting

Interesting book with a good plot. On the slow side. Well written and narrated, but somehow it didn't excite me. It took me months to finish. Felt unfocused at times, and as if the protagonist had no drive or mission.

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Hmmm something was missing

I don't know, the book was fine but I kept feeling something else was missing, it didn't really trap me, maybe there were too many elements taking place but something quite not made it for me. It could have been a different, more intimate story, but there was too much information it became confusing and meh. Ok in general I guess.

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Awesome!

Loved the book. Characters were well written and the plot kept surprising me allover. Original idea still respecting old folklore and history. The narrator was good and brought story alive.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very good performance and atmosphere, plot and writing could be better

I mostly liked the main characters and story, however there are a lot of quite boring side stories whose relevance is still a puzzle to me. Also, the main story is a bit slow and unclear at large parts of the book, it feels as if Shadow just drifts from place to place without a purpose for way too long.

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My first audiobook

I loved this novel when I read it years ago. Now I have fallen in love with the audio version. I never knew that cleaning a house could be so much fun. I carry around my small Bluetooth speaker and the time flies. I'm finished with the story now and I'm happy to see there are a few short stories.

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Meh.

It's hard to put my finger on exactly why I didn't really find myself engaged with the story.

Perhaps it's that this was too much of a fairy tale, where the rules of the world being imagined aren't clear to the reader - it leaves you with an impression that anything at all might happen, so any dilemma or situation might be solved (and often is solved) in what seems like an ad hoc, "deus ex machina" sort of way. This, in turn, means that there really was no suspense in the story.

Also, the main protagonist appeared oddly emotionless, or at least very subdued. This did not help.

There were tiny stories in the middle, here and there, that I liked - but overall, I found myself pretty ambivalent about the story.

The performance of the narrator was very good.

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great characters, pointless story

the characterisation of the Americans and country in the book is amazing.
but the rest of the book was a waste of time.
because you get no relationship with the gods or Shadow.
just empty talking and no feelings

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Que surpresa

Comecei o livro o odiando, o autor mostra um mundo de pessoas e lugares que pareciam a primeira vista bobos e descartáveis, somente com o tempo é o resto do livro foi que o verdadeiro propósito dá obra me atingiu, e me levou de refém até o fim

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Gods I've never heard of

it was fine, not brilliant, but fine. Time passed well enough. I wandered were Jesus was - and Allah.

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