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American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (187,441 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Gaiman Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, Sarah Jones Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 10th 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 (Washington Post Book World)... Download and start listening now!


Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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. "

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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 forties and tends to always need a haircut.