American Gods

American Gods

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic-an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this tenth anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman. A storm is coming . . . Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic 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 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-it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover 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. Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of "mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose" (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that "distills the essence of America" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.
Published: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062101914
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (19hr., 39 min.)) :,digital.


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Mar 30, 2018

It felt a little too long for me - but it's a fun and original read. Entertaining concepts with a nice mix of dark, gruesome comedy.

Mar 08, 2018

Shadow has just been approved for release from prison. He's looking forward to reuniting with his beloved wife, Laura. But just as he's been released, he learns that Laura & his best friend were both killed in the same car accident. His first destination after prison release: his wife's funeral. It is there that he learns the unpleasant truth behind the cause of the car accident. It seems that his wife & best friend were getting a little too "familiar" with one another when they were hit by an oncoming car. Learning this, however, does not diminish Shadow's love & devotion to his wife which comes in handy when his deceased wife begins appearing to him in the form of a zombie/ghost something-or-other as a way to warn him about things he is getting involved in. Shadow has been recruited by Mr Wednesday for a very high-paying, very dangerous job. He finds himself traveling the country from time-to-time meeting contacts of Mr Wednesday's. Between trips, Shadow has been instructed to lay low in a small town in northern Wisconsin. He begins to get to know a few people, make some connections, when he become suspicious of some of the strange things that go on here every year. In a near-death experience, he learns the truth about the suspicious going-ons & reveals the truth, bringing sad justice upon the wrong-doer. He also learns the truth about who Mr Wednesday really was & what connection he had with him.

Dark, suspicious, & at some times sad, you would think this would not be as highly rated & loved by so many people. But, here I am, joining the crowd & casting my vote for this book as a "must read". I think what really brought meaning to the story was Neil Gaiman's comments at the end of the story on why he wrote this book & why he picked this title.

Age recommendation: 18 & up (profanity, detailed sexual scenes, multiple mentions of sexual parts of the anatomy in both medical & slang terms, ghost activity)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 9.

Aug 09, 2017

This might be the best book to listen to on long road trips. It's almost as if you are travelling with Shadow and getting caught up in the story also helps you appreciate the vastness of the American landscape. This book would be make a great literary pilgrimage for anyone with the time.

Jul 26, 2016

By turns funny and deep, this book is a real thought factory.

Jun 12, 2016

Neil Gaiman reads so well that I think he'd do a bang-up job reading a software instruction manual. The story is engrossing, mythic, and modern. A must!

lotuslori_8 Jun 06, 2016

The audio version of American Gods is fantastic. It has a full cast of readers (including the author) voicing the various characters which adds more texture and depth to the story telling. It is like listening to a movie with all the visuals taking place in your imagination.

librarylizzard Aug 27, 2013

This was a joy to listen to on audio. Spectacular narration aside the story was enthralling - forgotten gods from all beliefs forced to make their way in modern day America as cab drivers, petty criminals, prostitutes etc? Sign me up! Even though the main character, Shadow, is a convict violating his parole I found him to be by far the most respectable, reliable character. I would love to read a book of short stories just focusing on the gods and their various predicaments.

Dec 06, 2012

Please let us know if the audiobook won't play -- we don't know unless you tell us. We can usually clean it up so it plays like new.


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Mar 08, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: appearances of ghosts, or people that are known to be dead

Mar 08, 2018

Sexual Content: detailed sexual scenes, multiple references to sexual anatomy in both medical & slang terms

Mar 08, 2018

Violence: murder

Mar 08, 2018

Coarse Language: profanity


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Mar 08, 2018

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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notTom Dec 16, 2010

Recently released from prison, Shadow faces a different kind of life then what he envisioned: his wife is dead and he discovers that forgotten gods exist in North America. Leprechauns wear denim jackets and mesh baseball caps, genies drive taxis, and the goddess Easter has picnic lunches in a park in San Francisco. But new gods such as Technology and Media are threatening domination. Like the coin tricks that Shadow had become adept at performing in the clink, nothing is what it seems in today's world. Amidst all of this uncertainty, only one truth is known: the storm is coming. In deftly imagined settings, rich characters gallop through a plot that will have the reader furiously flipping through the pages (or in my case, fumbling for the next CD). Don't read this book if you don't want a book you can't put down!


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