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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (186,787 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Gaiman Narrator: Daniel Oreskes, Dennis Boutsikaris, Neil Gaiman, Ron McLarty, Sarah Jones, George Guidall Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN: 9780060735586
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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.

American Gods © 2015 FreemantleMedia North America. All rights reserved. Artwork © Starz Entertainment, L.L.C. Starz and related services marks are the property of Starz Entertainment, L.L.C.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive; a picaresque journey across America where the travelers are even stranger than the roadside attractions.”

    George R. R. Martin

  • “Mystery, satire, sex, horror, poetic prose….If you have enjoyed John Crowley’s Little, Big or Stephen King’s The Stand or the urbane horror fiction of Jonathan Carroll…then American Gods arrives just in time.”

    Washington Post

  • “Gaiman…trumps many storytellers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dark fun, and nourishing to the soul.”

    Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

  • “American Gods is like a fast run downhill through a maze—both exhilarating and twisted.”

    Jane Lindskold, author of Changer

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 2/12/2014

    " Some books just tell you a story, or explain a concept, present a theme. Here, you get to take a journey while the book does all the other things a book is supposed to do. I like being smart enough to recognize I didn't 'get' all of it, and to appreciate what I did get. Looking forward to a second read-through someday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dean Madonia | 1/30/2014

    " An amazing premise and a great introduction to Gaiman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Liong | 12/29/2013

    " I love this book!(ignore the sexual part)The rest is so well written I couldn't stop reading. it's an absolute page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 12/12/2013

    " Really liked it. Bizarre, but an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 12/3/2013

    " The first Neil Gaiman book I ever read was perhaps his most challenging. American Gods is a fantastic piece. I've found it also to be a slight departure from Gaiman's typical work. Darkly funny, frightening, yes - pure Neil in that respect, but also philosophically much deeper than the rest of his work. I loved this book as I've loved all the Neil Gaiman books/stories/articles I've read afterwards. American Gods, as my introduction to Neil's amazing storytelling genius, will always be my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylan Rossman | 11/11/2013

    " One of my favorite books pretty much ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Salva | 11/7/2013

    " I enjoyed this book immensely. Gaiman always surprises me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clay | 10/22/2013

    " Really a 3.5. Started out grand, but I felt like the end was rushed. Only really got to know two characters. Others popped in and out to push the plot, but I didn't get to know/care about them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew Lloyd | 8/15/2013

    " just awful. Could not get past the half way mark. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sparta | 7/14/2013

    " I do feel a bit harsh about the two stars I gave this but after such a great start I found myself saying what in the hell was the point in all of that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 3/18/2013

    " One of my favorite books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Jonsson | 5/18/2012

    " Powerful and moving. The characters stick with you, despite it being a fantasy/horror book. Incredible story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shushanaraya | 2/8/2012

    " The first book I've ever read that made me feel really for the re-read...while I was reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David-e | 1/24/2012

    " Davvero molto particolare e onirico! tratti difficile da seguire per i troppi personaggi in gioco. All'inizio mi aspettavo potesse rivelarsi una gran delusione, in realta mi ha sorpreso positivamente "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lawrence Gallick | 1/20/2012

    " Interesting premise, in general quite well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy Mulchin | 8/22/2011

    " Well written and completely enjoyable ! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaina | 6/29/2011

    " Got over half-way through the book, but couldn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 5/22/2011

    " One of the most inventive/strange storylines that I've ever read. Gaiman at his finest; intricate characters, complex story, and perfectly vulgar. Probably not my favorite of his yet I can still appreciate it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paraskevi | 5/18/2011

    " This is one of the best books I had read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kae | 5/17/2011

    " I liked the characters, but the book was very jumpy.
    But I was looking to read something obscure and this did that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ross | 5/14/2011

    " A book so thick with reference and inference that I felt like I needed an encyclopedia and a lecturing professor in parts. So laden with meaning that multiple reads are nearly necessity, a fantastic distillation of the American experience, written by a non-native, and steeped in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/14/2011

    " Amazing! One of my all-time favorite books!! Love-love-love Neil Gaiman! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Britney | 5/13/2011

    " There were a few unsavory bits, but generally I loved it. I loved all of the characters, all of the mythical elements, and Shadow's journey to find himself. I'm absolutely a fan of Gaiman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 5/13/2011

    " After hearing so much praise, I expected more from this book. Gaiman is a good writer but the constant addition of old gods stuck in America to dwindle away become repetitive. There were some interesting historical nuggets throughout the book, but to me, the story was boring and anti-climatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 5/13/2011

    " It's so nice I read it thrice. "

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

    " Neil Gaiman, have my babies? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tana | 5/12/2011

    " I really liked this book and I love Neil Gaiman's stories. This particular book does have language and some graphic scenes. "

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About the Author
Author Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the author of several #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Norse Mythogy, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Anansi Boys, and others, as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. His novel American Gods aired as a TV series in 2017. Originally from England, he lives in the United States, where he is a professor at Bard College.

About the Narrators

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.

Dennis Boutsikaris is a two-time OBIE award winner. He has received five Audie Awards and seven Golden Earphone Awards for his work in over 100 audiobooks and was voted one of the Best Voices of the Year by AudioFile magazine. He has appeared in numerous Broadway, television, and film roles. He played Mozart on Broadway in Amadeus and has appeared on television shows including Shameless, The Good Wife, House M.D., Grey’s Anatomy, ER, and Law & Order.

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 nine 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.

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.

George Guidall, winner of more than eighty AudioFile Earphones 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. His forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.