American Gods

American Gods

Audiobook CD - 2003
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As Shadow is about to be released from prison, he learns that his beloved wife has been killed in an accident. Feeling he has nothing else to lose, he becomes involved in a dangerous scheme that could cause him to lose more than he ever imagined.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, [2003]
Copyright Date: ℗2001
ISBN: 9781402566233
1402566239
Branch Call Number: CD FIC GAIMAN
Characteristics: 19 audio discs (20 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Guidall, George

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Uchinaguchi
Aug 09, 2017

This might be the best book to listen to on long road trips. It's almost as if you are travelling with Shadow and getting caught up in the story also helps you appreciate the vastness of the American landscape. This book would be make a great literary pilgrimage for anyone with the time.

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Charlie68
Jul 26, 2016

By turns funny and deep, this book is a real thought factory.

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Daj_O
Jun 12, 2016

Neil Gaiman reads so well that I think he'd do a bang-up job reading a software instruction manual. The story is engrossing, mythic, and modern. A must!

lotuslori_8 Jun 06, 2016

The audio version of American Gods is fantastic. It has a full cast of readers (including the author) voicing the various characters which adds more texture and depth to the story telling. It is like listening to a movie with all the visuals taking place in your imagination.

librarylizzard Aug 27, 2013

This was a joy to listen to on audio. Spectacular narration aside the story was enthralling - forgotten gods from all beliefs forced to make their way in modern day America as cab drivers, petty criminals, prostitutes etc? Sign me up! Even though the main character, Shadow, is a convict violating his parole I found him to be by far the most respectable, reliable character. I would love to read a book of short stories just focusing on the gods and their various predicaments.

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KCLibraryGuy
Dec 06, 2012

Please let us know if the audiobook won't play -- we don't know unless you tell us. We can usually clean it up so it plays like new.

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notTom Dec 16, 2010

Recently released from prison, Shadow faces a different kind of life then what he envisioned: his wife is dead and he discovers that forgotten gods exist in North America. Leprechauns wear denim jackets and mesh baseball caps, genies drive taxis, and the goddess Easter has picnic lunches in a park in San Francisco. But new gods such as Technology and Media are threatening domination. Like the coin tricks that Shadow had become adept at performing in the clink, nothing is what it seems in today's world. Amidst all of this uncertainty, only one truth is known: the storm is coming. In deftly imagined settings, rich characters gallop through a plot that will have the reader furiously flipping through the pages (or in my case, fumbling for the next CD). Don't read this book if you don't want a book you can't put down!

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