American Gods [TV Tie-In] (Unabridged)
by Neil Gaiman
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Now a STARZ® Original Series produced by FremantleMedia North America, 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.
Great Novel, Poor Editing
The story is great, but the audio was poorly edited. The last two sections of Part I are a repeat of earlier sections. The 6th section of Part II repeats portions of Part I. Haven't listened to Part III.
Solid, but nothing special
The narration for the audio book was top notch. That guy can really do accents well, I could easily tell the characters apart just by the accent and affectations of the narrator. I had no issues with repeated content that the other reviewer mentioned. It was of good quality throughout.
This was my first Gaiman book and it was okay. I'm not sure it lived up to the hype. The writing was very good, I just didn't find the story that engaging. This really felt like 2-3 different stories force-fit into a single novel. This suspicion was confirmed by the author in the interview included at the end of the book. This would have been better as a serial novel or a series of novellas. As a single work it just seemed to languish a bit and was a little confusing. The epilogue seemed completely superfluous. That said, it isn't a bad book/story, it just isn't as amazing as my friends implied.
Possibly the best novel I
My current favourite book of all time is done great justice in audiobook form. Loved it!