Thursday, 21 December 2017

Audiobook: American Gods

American Gods

American Gods is by Neil Gaiman and is a full cast narrated audiobook.

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.

The Breakdown:
1.   I loved the concept of this book.  That as people come to America that they bring their gods and monsters with them, but America is not fertile grounds for these things to thrive.  The story and characters were all so interesting.  Plus listening with a full cast made the book all the better, and Gaiman even read some of the chapters himself.

2.  Shadow is definitely a mysterious and interesting character.  He finds himself caught up in this power struggle between the old gods and the new gods not sure why he is so important to it all.   Her definitely has interesting life philosophies, and way of seeing the world.

3.  This book has a wonderful supporting cast of characters.  From Wednesday to Laura and the people of the town of Lakeside.  I think my favorite was Mr. Nancy.  He was funny, and wise.  I am definitely have to read "Anansi's Boys" because of him. I will say that I figured out who Wednesday was very quickly.  Maybe it is because I recently read a book about his pantheon and picked on the clues extremely quickly.

4.  I pretty much liked this story from beginning to end.  I enjoyed both the main story and the subplots.

To Read or Not Read:
Must Read

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