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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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    Alaina Jefferson 26/04/2014
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    "Such a brilliant story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book, it's such a rich story! The characters are rich and full, the journey of the story is as meandering as I've imagined the back roads of America to be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mister Ibis, an incarnation of the Egyptian god Thoth, tells the protagonist, Shadow, some amazing stories, in such a beautiful way that you don't mind the less than straight answers.


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

    Though this is billed as performed by Neil Gaiman and George Guidall this is actually a full cast audio book, narrated by Guidall and the chapters that are more off scenes, or related short stories, are read by Gaiman. Regardless, all the cast are fantastic; engaging, easy to listen to, and perfect for the role.


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

    I would've happily listened to this in one sitting, unfortunately its a little too long for that to be possible.


    Any additional comments?

    Neil Gaiman is a truly unique author, and this is one of his best novels.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jolene Addington, New Zealand 17/07/2016
    Jolene Addington, New Zealand 17/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "An amazing journey through a new and old America"

    I read the shining reviews about this audiobook and I was intrigued. Having just finished Neverwhere (fantastic by the way) I was keen to start another Gaiman book Asap. I think sometimes when reviews go on and on about how amazing a book is my expectations are let down, let's face it - everyone has their own ideas and opinions on what makes a great audiobook. This one is worth the listen.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
    I expected more. For me the storyline was great... BUT it had moments of lag when I just wanted to get on with the story. I mean pieces of information that mean nothing to the main guts of the book just added as filler, at least that's how it felt at times.

    I felt lost at times. Sometimes the story takes an odd angle that makes no sense whatsoever... I just went with it, I mean the book is still a good listen overall.

    WHAT I ENJOYED:
    The depth of the story, the journey though America. I have never been to America, but I felt like I was there experiencing it all alongside Shadow. It's a beautifully woven tale, Shadow is amazing, strong, patient and full of nothing... and everything. I look forward to seeing how the TV adaptation will work.

    The narration is exceptional. You will have to listen to find out what I mean ;)

    The tale is original and true to our time. It's a battle of the old and new with lashings of pain thrown in there alongside love, friendship, murder and betrayal.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer R. 24/05/2017
    Jennifer R. 24/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding performance."
    What did you like most about American Gods?

    A darn good meandering totally fantastic engrossing well told yarn.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    This was an exceptional performance by all narrators. Totally and completely captivating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh 21/05/2017
    Josh 21/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!!"

    What a beautiful road trip. Raw, real characters with a fresh take on the many types of God mythos.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    marcus 18/05/2017
    marcus 18/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "fantastic"

    one of the best books I listened to thus far....so different and out there and also so enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hayley 10/05/2017
    Hayley 10/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Gaiman's epic tale is told expertly & sensitively"

    A compelling cast of voice actors & a thrilling tale make this one easy to return to again & again & again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs 07/05/2017
    Mrs 07/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "riveting"

    could not put it down kept me interested right to the very last word, excellent

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    "Spectacular!"

    Absolutely loved it. Struggled to put it down. Really glad I finally decided to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 25/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the Best"

    Neil Gaiman's American Gods is one of the best books I've read/ listened to, for a plethora of reasons too numerous to list in this short review. In my opinion a must read. This particular recording is the best I've listened to of all the audio books I have completed. Various narrators, each who do a fantastic job, and even Neil Gaiman himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen 18/04/2017
    Colleen 18/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Stayed up til 2am to finish!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Gods to be better than the print version?

    I absolutely do! There's something about listening to the author read his own work, and the artists he's hand chosen to bring his characters to life.


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

    The crazy twist in Part 3


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    If I told you that, you'd understand an underlying part of the plot that you need to hear for yourself.


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

    The meeting of Mr. Wednesday.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this, I promise you, you will want to relisten to it right away! I hope the Starz show lives up to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ian
    Frankston South, Australia
    2/10/12
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    "A Benchmark Title"

    An absolute modern classic book evolves into an absolute modern classic audiobook. Gaiman is one of my favourite authors (write more, damn you!) and American Gods is maybe his finest work. This is pretty much my favourite audiobook thus far.

    Faultless.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Henry Hamster
    USA
    12/09/16
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    "fantastic"

    incredible audiobook, varied cast and amazing voice acting performances really make this a stand out experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    4/09/16
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    "brilliant story, thrilling characters"

    Very deep and detailed story of a man finding himself again after being in prison --- but finding so much more as he gets involved with the gods. Amazing pictures of myth and legend, happening today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    28/04/16
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    "Breathtaking!"

    One of the best books I've ever written. The best part of the book (for me) was when Shadow was tied up on the tree - I could visualise everything and felt like I was right there with him experiencing every single thing he was going through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    14/05/15
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    "Best audio book I've ever listened to"

    The story is great obviously.

    But the cast is what makes this audiobook so memorable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra E.
    12/05/17
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    "Perfection"

    Masterful storytelling meets masterful production and a masterful narration to produce a tale that I will listen to over and over and over again. The time flew. I was so engrossed and so invested in the story that I don't want to leave the story's world. I want to stay there with shadow and mr. Nancy and Wednesday and Bast and Ibis and Jackal.... This is definitely one story I will be coming back to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moosa
    19/12/15
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    "Hooked on the First listen"

    Loved it. Great narration and voice acting. Shadow and Wednesday are played really well by the actors

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virginia
    New Plymouth, New Zealand
    30/06/15
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    "Best of Neil Gaiman"

    American Gods is weird and wild trip through the USA with quirky characters on the way. I love this audiobook so much I've listened to it three times and always been surprised to discover new nuances, a forgotten fable or unexpected plot twist. The performances by the narrators are superb as they become the procession of characters in Gaiman's epic novel. This isn't necessarily a battle of good against evil but more a fight between old and new gods. The main character Shadow, is easy to like. He's a noble man but other characters are strongly flawed, which makes them deliciously terrible. This is not just the best of Gaiman's book, it's also my favourite novel of all time (so far). Listen and let yourself get lost in a warped fantasy about lost and new gods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keri Mills
    12/05/15
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Sydney, Australia
    29/03/14
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Neil
    United Kingdom
    7/04/13
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    "Brilliantly written but just plods along"

    I can't help but feel more should've happened in this book or more explanation. The characters are great and the world they live in but I don't know. It just.... lacked. Its a shame cause the audio is amazing. Different actors for every voice and each great. I hope this becomes the benchmark for audiobooks. It really is a great performance but as I said the story just isn't all there for me.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Miles
    Mansfield, United Kingdom
    12/06/13
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    "Just fantastic!"

    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.

    36 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Ant
    St Albans, United Kingdom
    12/01/14
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    "Weird and wonderful - a work of genius"

    I am a Neil Gaiman fan, so I'd pretty much bought into the writing style and the nature of the story up front. However, I think this is the book in which he gets everything right. It's a big book, but it's full of story, so it manages to pretty much sprint the marathon. There wasn't a time where I felt it lacked pace, or had to sit through setup text.
    The characters are flawed, but completely engaging. I found myself so interested in some of the gods that I would pause the story to do a little research.
    The narration is excellent and Neil's additions only add to tale.

    Highly recommended.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Sebastian
    24/12/14
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    "This book has got character!"

    Mystifyingly captivating despite tenuous ramblings from time to time. It's an imaginative American road trip but which gives you a real sense of the people and places along the spiritual way. A story I doubt I will forget.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Okehampton, United Kingdom
    19/06/13
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    "Original and memorable"

    Beautifully read this is a very unusual story that is unpredictable and intriguing. A great audiobook that I thoroughly recommend.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom
    7/04/13
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    "My new favourite book"

    I'd listened to the Anansi Boys narrated by Lenny Henry and loved it, knowing at the time that it was vaguely connected to American Gods, but Lenny was the draw.



    Don't know why but I wasn't particularly drawn to American Gods, but after constant recommendations I thought I'd seek out the audiobook. Initially I was put off by the reviews regarding the narration, but decided to proceed with caution.



    The narration is perfect for the book and kept me entertained from chapter to chapter, an absolute pleasure to listen too.



    The story itself is so full personality. I became attached to many of the characters, but none more so than Shadow. I was upset when it ended and I hope to enter into that world again soon.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    Kenilworth, United Kingdom
    23/02/13
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    "Magnificent book - as good as I remember it!"

    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.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • D. M. York
    Manchester, UK
    10/03/17
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    "Superbly performed, but pointless"

    I really struggled with this audiobook, eventually I got just past halfway and then gave up.

    Not that the story is in any way badly written, indeed it is splendidly written and the narration is probably the best I have heard of Audible with an excellent cast. However this has not been enough to recover the meandering and seemingly pointless story.

    It got to halfway through and I was not even sure of what was happening or indeed whether the story was going anywhere. The book had a very promising start and seemed to introduce some very interesting characters, though after a while it just felt that the characters were moving around pointlessly. The deciding factor for me was that by halfway I had no clue what was going on at all and much more than this, I didn't care.

    Perhaps this is a book that you really need to focus on, though since I do most of my listening either at the gym or in the car, it's perhaps too involved for my taste.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    1/08/12
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    "Outstanding"

    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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • andy
    northwich, United Kingdom
    23/12/12
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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

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