American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) by Neil Gaiman
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American Gods Audiobook by Neil Gaiman is a fantasy novel first published in 2011. A special tenth-anniversary edition was published in 2011. The special edition has 12,000 extra words included. Shadow is an ex-convict and he is released from the jail when his wife Laura Moon and his best friend Robbie Burton die in a car accident.
On his way back he has a chance encounter with a strange and mysterious man Mr. Wednesday. Mr. Wednesday is interested in Shadow and knows quite a bit about him too. He offers him the job of his bodyguard. Shadow though he doesn’t know anything about this mysterious man, he accepts his job offer. Shadow goes on a trip to different locations in America along with Mr. Wednesday and he ends up recruiting eccentric people. Shadow has strange dreams which seem so real to him but there is no justification of those dreams. Shadow’s life changes after he starts working with Mr. Wednesday and he is sent spinning into a journey into the world of gods, monsters, and magic.
The secret of Mr. Wednesday and what he intends to do is the remainder of the novel.
American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) Audiobook by Neil Gaiman received positive reviews. In the year 2002, it won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, SFX Magazine and Bram Stroker award for the best novel. It also won the 2003 Geffen Award. The story has lots of twists and turns and the readers will not be able to predict the plot beforehand. This keeps them interested in the storyline. The author develops the character of Shadow and portrays how he is innocently trapped in a web of treachery, lies, and deceits which puts him in a lot of danger. The story borrows a lot from mythology and folk tales and is set in a modern world. The author also does a commendable job of sketching the American history, folk, and mythology in a vivid description.
The novel keeps the suspense and the mystery intact until the climax. The story progresses swiftly and their readers will have a thrilling and scintillating experience reading the novel. The novel is highly recommended and will be enjoyed even more by readers with a taste for fantasy and mythology.