Neil Gaiman – American Gods [TV Tie-In]

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 brewingan epic war for the very soul of Americaand that he is standing squarely in its path.

Author: Neil Gaiman
Narrator: George Guidall
Duration: 20 hours 51 minutes
Released: 3 Jul 2011
Publisher: HarperAudio
Language: English

User Review:

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Unbelievaly good. I didn’t think there were too many original story ideas left but the author found a new one. This is not just a rehashing of old stories as far as I can tell.

Not only is the story great, the author also has excellent style and technique. Character development and plot advancement are smooth and compelling.

The author manages to introduce dozens of characters at various points througout the story and neatly wrap them up by the end of the book. Some characters were introduced early on and not referenced again for hours and some were introduced 2/3 of the way through – yet they all managed to come to a satisfactory conclusion. Often in a book with many characters the resolution can be forced – this wasn’t.

The narrator was quite good with just one thing bothering me. His dialects were not always consistent and the differentiation of characters was a little challenging for him. Sometimes it was difficult to tell which character was talking. This was the only reason I didn’t rate this a five.

His overall reading was excellent though, very dramatic and hitting the right emotional buttons.

This is up there with the best of Stephen King. Not exactly like King but very broadly in the same genre. As one of the other reviewers pointed out, though – this is fantasy not Science Fiction.