Readers Advisory: Book Review, “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman (Audiobook)

american godsNarrated by George Guidall

The book follows the adventures of ex-convict Shadow Moon, who is released from prison a few days early due to the death of his wife, Laura, in a car accident that also kills his best friend. Because his best friend, who was to give Shadow a job, has died, Shadow is hired by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday to act as an escort and bodyguard, and travels across America visiting Wednesday’s colleagues and acquaintances. Gradually, it is revealed that Wednesday is an incarnation of Odin the All-Father (the word “Wednesday” is derived from “Odin’s (Woden’s) day”). Wednesday is recruiting American manifestations of the Old Gods of ancient mythology, whose powers have waned as their believers have decreased in number, to participate in an epic battle against the New American Gods, manifestations of modern life and technology (e.g., the internet, media, & modern means of transport).

REVIEW

1 Star

FINALLY FINISHED!!! I HAVE DEFEATED AMERICAN GODS. I’m so proud of myself.

… I didn’t like it. I don’t like Neil Gaiman’s style of dreamlike zoning-out flip-flopping about. It constantly feels like a dreary nightmare, and yet sometimes its boring. How can a skeevy nightmare be boring and slow? I’ve tried to read this famous and much loved work… 6? times, and finally managed to listen to all 19 discs of the audiobook.

While I enjoyed parts of the book, and the ending, slogging through all of the side plots and the length it took for them to pull together was nearly unmanageable.

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