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An absolute modern classic book evolves into an absolute modern classic audiobook. Gaiman is one of my favourite authors (write more, damn you!) and American Gods is maybe his finest work. This is pretty much my favourite audiobook thus far.
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With the impending release of Neil Gaiman's new audiobook - 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' (18th June 2013) - I thought it was worth quickly reviewing the best of his previous novels. Although Anansi Boys is great (especially once you get used to Lenny Henry doing the narration), American Gods remains his greatest novelistic and audiobook achievement.
The story starts with Shadow getting out of prison a day early due to tragic circumstances. What follows is an odyssey into the heartland of America and the Gods who live there. While the book itself is a great read, the audio version really brings the text to life - Shadow's dry sense of humour; Wednesday's mischievousness. It's so good I'm actually envious of those people who have not yet had the pleasure of downloading it - if you're one of these people, download it NOW! You won't regret it.
On a similar fantasy-related / magical-reality theme, I would also heartedly recommend the Peter Grant novels by Ben Aaronovitch - the everyday tell of your average bobby becoming the last apprentice of English magic. It is simply one of the best narrated books on Audible. Warning: be careful where you listen, however, you will undoubtedly get strange looks due to your laughing.
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Mystifyingly captivating despite tenuous ramblings from time to time. It's an imaginative American road trip but which gives you a real sense of the people and places along the spiritual way. A story I doubt I will forget.
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This was my first purchase from Audible and the first book I've finished since I was about 10.
I came into this book after having seen the series and while I enjoyed the series very much. This book surprised me. Some of the lines left me laughing, others had me questioning who the person was it what was to happen next. Trying to piece together the whole story was great; thinking you had it right only for your theory to be destroyed by the next chapter.
The readers of the book were phenomenal. Each character sounded unique and their lines were delivered perfectly.
I'd have to recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery, a well crafted story, and the myths and legends of the gods.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would definitely recommend this book, it's such a rich story! The characters are rich and full, the journey of the story is as meandering as I've imagined the back roads of America to be.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Mister Ibis, an incarnation of the Egyptian god Thoth, tells the protagonist, Shadow, some amazing stories, in such a beautiful way that you don't mind the less than straight answers.
What about Neil Gaiman and George Guidall ’s performance did you like?
Though this is billed as performed by Neil Gaiman and George Guidall this is actually a full cast audio book, narrated by Guidall and the chapters that are more off scenes, or related short stories, are read by Gaiman. Regardless, all the cast are fantastic; engaging, easy to listen to, and perfect for the role.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I would've happily listened to this in one sitting, unfortunately its a little too long for that to be possible.
Any additional comments?
Neil Gaiman is a truly unique author, and this is one of his best novels.
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