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Black Dog

Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Series: American Gods, Book 2.5
Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
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Publisher's Summary

'It followed me home,' he said conversationally.

In a rural northern village, legend tells of a ghostly black dog that appears from the darkness before you die.

Shadow Moon has been on the road a while now, but he can't walk any farther tonight, not with the rain lashing down. Gratefully he heads home with a nice English couple, who offer a box room, hot whisky and local tales. But when the man collapses en route, Shadow realises that something about this place has been left untold. Something ancient, something within the very walls of the village. Something shadowing them all.

©2015 Neil Gaiman (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Eva
  • 02-01-2019

A good story

Short, but with unexpected twists and turns. You don’t have to have read anything else featuring Shadow to understand it.

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  • Jussi Hattara
  • 02-11-2017

Author's own voice brings the story to life

An author who narrates his own books is a rarity. In this case a very positive thing.

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  • Chantal Noordeloos
  • 07-05-2020

Wonderful story of Shadow Moon

I have to admit that American Gods is not my favorite Gaiman novel (though I have enjoyed everything he has written so far, even if it’s just for his elegant writing style) but this I really enjoyed. I did immediately understand what was going on, but that didn’t make it any less fun. Definitely recommend this for Gaiman enthusiasts

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  • Ansu
  • 31-01-2020

Niel Gaiman a One hit wonder.

I first listened to American Gods and really liked it. Since then I’ve listened to Four of his works and it’s honestly all very disappointing, I returned each one. Just plain boring and meaningless. His stories just drags on and on and he seems to just like to create stories for the sake of it.
I fell a sleep during this one several times. With such a potential arsenal of excitement at his disposal making stories about super natural things he still manages to make it as exciting as episodes of that daytime British tv show that never ends, the one with the Land Rover in the vinjett, I forgot the name although it’s been on tv for more than 20 years (that’s how exciting it’s is). His books after American Gods equally.
He is a one hit wonder. Stay clear unless you want to scream “But Come ON for Gods sake...”

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-2020

More of Shadow

Great to hear more of shadows story brilliantly written and performed by Neil Gaiman Excellent

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  • Daniel
  • 25-06-2020

Good but short

As always the continued story of American gods is good but very short with still lots of unanswered questions.

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  • Lord Benjamin Salt
  • 18-06-2020

A wonderfully compelling short

As always with Neil Gaiman's works, I simply wish there was more of it. This sentiment is obviously strengthened when the story clocks in at a mere 90 minutes, but it was nevertheless a greatly enjoyable listen. The symbolism is not even slightly veiled and doesn't get explored adds deeply as I would usually like, unsurprising given the length.
I would suggest taking a nice long night time bathbath, or gentle dusk walk for the best atmosphere.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 12-04-2020

Like a cat in a glass box

Beautifully written, Black Dog tells of an American, Shadow Moon - lovely name - sheltering from the rain one evening in England after having walked for many miles that day. He gratefully accepts the offer of hospitality from a couple, Oliver and Moira, but in the way to their house, Oliver collapses and has to be carried home. An eerie and evocative story.

This is a short and quick read, nicely narrated by the authsor, Neil Gaiman, who, without device or dramatic effects, still give a sinister feeling to the book. His voice somehow perfectly fits the words being read...
I have not yet experienced the American Gods series in any form but, because of this delicious short story, realize that this is a failure that I must remedy. Black Dog is a delightful story, highly recommended

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  • Sarah C
  • 10-04-2019

A Shadowy snippet

I love these stories that follow Shadow post American Gods, this one does not disappoint.

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  • Ross H
  • 14-09-2018

Dark, gaiman

This, as you may surmise, is a continuation of american gods, altho it feels a little obscure being all alone in a short story. Cool god and myth ideas tho linked in with human follies and foibles

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  • Ian Fletcher
  • 16-08-2018

The continuing saga of Shadow...

I very much enjoy Neil Gaiman's story telling, liking this side series following on from American Gods. Nice to see some long term follow through and continuing story lines for Shadow Moon.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 27-07-2018

Neil Gaiman is the best.

another great story from a great storyteller. I look forward to more stories like this one.

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  • tfdodo
  • 14-04-2018

short and sweet. some familiarit but i wont spoil

enjoyed this. it is very much a short story in the middle of a longer story and none the worse dor that

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-2018

great as always

great from the author. beautifully written and very well read.
shadow moon fantastic character ,
follows on well from American Gods.