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3.99999818611525 out of 53.99999818611525 out of 53.99999818611525 out of 53.99999818611525 out of 53.99999818611525 out of 5 4.00 (187,443 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Gaiman Narrator: Neil Gaiman, A Full Cast, Dennis Boutsikaris, George Guidall, Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, Sarah Jones Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9780062101914
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mystery, satire, sex, horror, poetic prose—American Gods uses all these to keep the reader turning the pages.”

    Washington Post

  • American Gods manages to reinvent, and to reassert, the enduring importance of fantastic literature in this late age of the world. Dark fun, and nourishing to the soul.”

    Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

  • “Pointed, occasionally comic, often scary, consistently moving and provocative…American Gods is strewn with secrets and magical visions. They cast a spell over anyone who has wondered why the world never seems quite the way one thinks it should be. It is powerful and gripping.”

    USA Today

  • “Provocative yet fun…Gaiman has applied his vast breadth of knowledge about all things mythological to a truly high concept…American Gods works because of Gaiman’s singular control over the proceedings, his nimble and intelligent voice, and his gift for painting spectacle and splashing big themes across his canvas.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • American Gods is a juicily original melding of archaic myth with the slangy, gritty, melancholy voice of America’s great cultural inventions—the hard-boiled detective…The melting pot has produced stranger cocktail, but few that are as tasty.”

    Salon

  • “Ambitious, gloriously funny, and oddly heartwearming…A magical mystery tour through the mythologies of all cultures, a unique and moving love story—and another winner for the phenomenally gifted, consummately reader-friendly Gaiman.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The fascinating subject matter and impressive mythic scope are handled creatively and expertly…Compellingly imaginative. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2002 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2002 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel
  • A 2002 World Fantasy Award Finalist
  • A 2002 International Horror Guild Award Finalist
  • A 2002 British Fantasy Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2002 Locus Award for Fantasy
  • A 2002 Mythopoeic Award Nominee
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2012 Audie Award Finalist
  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Riggio | 2/13/2014

    " I found most of the book underwhelming, but the ending definitely made up for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 2/10/2014

    " Quite a gifted storyteller. I think this will turn into one of the few books that stand the test of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Earls | 1/23/2014

    " Awesome story. I love Neil's ideal of how gods get their power and how they die. There is more truth in that than not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Sisler | 1/21/2014

    " Pulpy. Noir. Travelogue. Fantasy. Magically Real. There's an oddly long denouement, but on the whole, this novel is very well structured. As an Upper Midwesterner who grew up close to House on the Rock, I very much enjoyed the Northern Wisconsin and other Midwestern scenes. It's pretty challenging to write a novel about America. It's harder to write something in which gods are real that celebrates immigrant American superstition, story, and tradition, without being superstitious on one hand or patronizing on the other. Gaiman has pulled together and retold a grab bag of stories from many sources in a way that enriches all of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Tiffany | 1/10/2014

    " This tale moves right along. There's always something to make you wonder what will happen next. The ending seemed a bit abrupt however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hughes Croix | 1/10/2014

    " An amazing book! Even if it is fiction, it leaves you thinking of the lost beliefs and cultures of the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina Basham | 1/9/2014

    " Unique and thought provoking. I forced myself to slow down because I was burning through it too fast. It gave me so many things to ponder. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzy | 12/31/2013

    " Read it the second time. Still one of the best books ever "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi Schweid | 12/18/2013

    " I loved every single part of this book. It just kept on getting better every chapter! Oh and the plot twists/reveals from pages 508-542? Yeah I'm so damn happy I finally got to read this book <3 That's all I'm saying.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay Nall | 11/28/2013

    " great idea that has been explored before by many other authors. Not bad, but not revolutionary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Rubera | 11/25/2013

    " I have no idea what I just read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Doucet | 8/16/2013

    " Slow start. Really long. So much to get caught up in, though. Would definitely recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madukrainian | 8/16/2013

    " Hands down my favorite book of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alen | 11/21/2012

    " good book even with all its faults like not going into detail about the new gods and their differences to the old leech gods "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Asmaa M | 6/25/2012

    " It's one of those books you wish wouldn't have to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deirdre | 6/25/2012

    " I wanted to love this book and I might have if I hadn't chosen it as a "beach read" while vacationing in Mexico. The book was a bit too complicated to follow when I was half asleep in the sun. Next trip I will only bring romance novels! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dani0010 | 4/28/2012

    " This is well-written but mediocre story that wants to be profound but isn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 4/10/2012

    " Excellent visuals and concept meditations. A lovely unique mood to visit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne Tommy | 1/23/2012

    " The first one of his I have read and it makes me want to read more! It is fascinating in its strangeness but the characters are oddly endearing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ConvincoDude | 1/7/2012

    " Very weird, very odd, very long. But not all that bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 12/5/2011

    " A long read but TOTALLY worth it. Gaiman is a master storyteller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shay | 9/16/2011

    " Whatever the point of this book was, I think I missed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lane | 7/30/2011

    " Gaiman's writing style and characterisations are excellent however the story was anticlimactic. "

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About the Author
Author Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, and he has also penned many books for readers of all ages, including American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and M Is for Magic. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living postmodern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. He has written multiple New York Times bestselling books and is a Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus Award-winner. He has also worked in support of First Amendment rights and was awarded the Defender of Liberty Award in August 1997 by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for his efforts. Born and raised in England, Neil now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has somehow reached his fifties and tends to always need a haircut.

About the Narrators

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W.Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.

Daniel Oreskes is a narrator as well as a film, television, and stage actor. He has earned two AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narrations and has twice been a finalist for the Audie Award, including for 2012 Audiobook of the Year. His several film roles include The Thomas Crown Affair and Day Zero, and his many television credits include episodes of  Law & Order. He has acted on Broadway in Electra and Aida and in the off-Broadway Arthur Miller play Mr. Peters’ Connections with Peter Falk, as well as in numerous Shakespeare performances. A native New Yorker, he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Sarah Jones is a Tony- and Obie Award-winning playwright, actor, and poet. Her multicharacter solo shows, including the Tony Award-winning Bridge and Tunnel, which was originally produced Off-Broadway by Oscar winner Meryl Streep before its Broadway run, have garnered critical acclaim from around the country and the world. She has had sold-out runs at the Kennedy Center and Berkeley Repertory Theatre and performed for such audiences as the United Nations, members of the U.S. Congress, and the Supreme Court of Nepal. Her other theater honors include a Helen Hayes Award, a Theatre World Special Award, and HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival’s Best One Person Show Award. Her television and film credits include Spike Lee’s Bamboozled and the documentary Good Hair. As a narrator, she was among the cast for American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman, which was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 in two categories, Fiction and Audiobook of the Year Award. A regular guest on public radio, she has also made TV appearances on HBO, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, and CNN and in her own special, The Sarah Jones Show, on Bravo. She lives in New York.