After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the days, then the hours, then the seconds until his release tick away, he can feel a storm building. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in apparently adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr. Wednesday, claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god, and the king of America.
Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But they are being pursued by someone with whom Shadow must make his peace.... Disturbing, gripping, and profoundly strange, Neil Gaiman's epic new novel sees him on the road to finding the soul of America.
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"Gaiman is a treasure house of story and we are lucky to have him." (Stephen King)
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!
Read this many years ago and have just finished it on audiobook - it's still as brilliant as I remember and actually better because Neil Gaiman has put stuff back into it. Very well read too - it feels as though a great deal of care and attention was paid to make sure the detail is spot on. I think this is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.
This was a book that was recommended to me by my Mum (who loved it) a few years ago, and I must admit it has been a few months since I actually listened to it, but it is one of those stories that sticks with you. I have found myself, often thinking about the characters in it and certain points of the book.
Neil Gaiman is a brilliant story teller and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. The characters, even though they are at the edges of plausible, are utterly believable and on the whole very likeable.
If you like the weird and wonderful, stories about journeys and self-discovery, and gods, this is a great book.
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.
Gripping tale filled with believable and engaging characters. It is clear that this was a work of love for Gaiman, one of my favourite books of all time.
With the impending release of Neil Gaiman's new audiobook - 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' (18th June 2013) - I thought it was worth quickly reviewing the best of his previous novels. Although Anansi Boys is great (especially once you get used to Lenny Henry doing the narration), American Gods remains his greatest novelistic and audiobook achievement.
The story starts with Shadow getting out of prison a day early due to tragic circumstances. What follows is an odyssey into the heartland of America and the Gods who live there. While the book itself is a great read, the audio version really brings the text to life - Shadow's dry sense of humour; Wednesday's mischievousness. It's so good I'm actually envious of those people who have not yet had the pleasure of downloading it - if you're one of these people, download it NOW! You won't regret it.
On a similar fantasy-related / magical-reality theme, I would also heartedly recommend the Peter Grant novels by Ben Aaronovitch - the everyday tell of your average bobby becoming the last apprentice of English magic. It is simply one of the best narrated books on Audible. Warning: be careful where you listen, however, you will undoubtedly get strange looks due to your laughing.
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!
This is a great book, well narrated by a great cast, the voices match the characters perfectly. It feels like a lot of care and attention was put into this production. Neil Gaiman is a treasure.
Neil Gaimen is an author that I really enjoy. This audio book was a pleasure to listen too and kept the flavour of Gaimans wit and descriptive strengths. The lightness and the fun stands out for me as well. The characterisation by the narrators meant that I forgot I was listening to a book at times. I was lost...Loved it.
Having the unabridged version gives a real feel for the book, as the writer wanted it wrtitten. 19 hours is very long, but every minute was interesting and you arekept wondering what happens next. Would definitely recommend!
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