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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.
"Mystery, satire, sex, horror, poetic prose—American Gods uses all these to keep the reader turning the pages."—Washington Post
"This full-cast performance of the tenth anniversary edition of Neil Gaiman's American Gods (think director's cut) is one of the most mesmerizing audio experiences ever.... Ron McLarty plays a randy, crusty old Odin disguised as a white-collar con man to perfection. Daniel Oreskes's Shadow, the hero who doesn't know quite what he is, is masterful. Oliver Wyman, who did Mad Sweeney the Leprechaun, is a genius. Hats in the air for the whole cast, a flawless production, and a tour de force of a tale." (AudioFile)
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Imagine, if you will, a gilded box, a beautifully etched and sumptuously appointed golden jewelry box. By the sheer beauty of the box, you just know. You know that whatever such a lovely box holds within itself must be of inordinate beauty, of breathtaking value. When you gently, carefully open the box to view its treasure, you gasp. That, dear friends, would not be a gasp of awe and amazement, it would be a gasp of shock for sitting just as pretty as you please is a bubble gum machine cheap plastic ring of the black spider Halloween variety where you expected a ring of great value.
That is American Gods.
The gilded jewelry box is the beautiful, engaging writing of Neil Gaiman whose vast literary talent cannot be denied. The plastic black spider ring is the actual story Neil has spun. It is as if Neil spelunked into his most shadowy places brought up what he found, and painted his word canvas from that dark material. With his typical generosity, the fleshed out this book’s characters of which only one – Shadow struck me as remotely likable. Mind you, I have a penchant for flawed characters and typically find myself aligning with a likable villain over a lily white Pollyanna hero.
While Neil did do a great deal of research into the human imagined gods of the past, blending them nicely into the present time, his tale was colored, flavored and dripping with his own personal viewpoints on a range of social and moral topics which felt agenda driven. Of course, as he is the author, he has every right to do so, but on more than one occasion, I felt as if I had figuratively bitten into a large bite of pecan pie only to cringe upon biting down upon a hidden shell in the topping. Not being a shy violet, when I confess that there were certain events within the book that were too graphic for me in content and in language that is not a small statement.
This is the first time my love for beautiful writing has warred with my equal love of a good story. Perhaps that is the reason that I continued to listen to the entire audiobook hoping that détente would be achieved between my two loves. That, sadly, did not happen.
With that said, the narration was exceptionally good, and the entire cast was delightful.